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Old 30th November 2007, 06:01   #1
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Default Sparkle 8800 GT Passive: The Fastest Silent GPU in the World

NVIDIA’s original target for the 8800 GT was $199 for the 256MB version and $249 - $259 for the 512MB version, and while 256MB cards are just now starting to appear in the worldwide market, 512MB cards just can’t be bought at those prices.

A quick look at Newegg shows that most cards are priced between $270 and $320, but almost all cards are out of stock at this time. If you're willing to spend a little more you can find cards selling for $330 - $350, but then you run into some very creative pricing on shipping.

http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3165
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will it be cheaper to buy a Sparkle 8800 GT with stock cooling ( http://www.dollarshops.eu/product_in...oducts_id/1064 €249 ) and adding AC Silencer S1 for €20 ? = €269

guess not Passive Sparkle 8800 GT costs: http://www.dollarshops.eu/product_in...oducts_id/1086 €269
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But wouldn't the S1 cool better because of the massive size of the fin area?
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Those cards are damn hot, 50° idle - 95° stressed in CM 832 Stacker with the 2 fans if I don't use Rivatuner.
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95°C is not hot knowing that critical temp is 110+
@Rutar: S1 might cool better, but why bother? cooler temps won't help OC, because even with S1 it'll be too hot for OC. By buying with passive preinstalled you are also keeping warranty intact
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Interesting, Anand is using the internal core temp diode... temps will be hotter than normal then since past GPUs hadn't used core diodes? Or did they?
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6 and 7 series also have internal temp diodes
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But were they used? I am thinkg of the Core 2 Duo situation, people trying to compare internal vs external (socket) temperature sensors... Would like to make sure those GPU temp results are still apples-to-apples with past hardware.
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afaik there were never external temp probes for GPU...
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GPUs have PCB temp sensors though, so I wasn't sure. Thanks for the info

Anandtech seems to be having bad luck with early 8800GTs, btw: http://www.anandtech.com/weblog/showpost.aspx?i=318
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