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#1 Londonchris

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Posted 14 September 2006 - 02:25 AM

Graphics aside, are there any pro`s / con`s between the two main brands regarding heat and noise and installation?
Is all different depending on an individual card and do you have a general opinion on this?
Does AGP or PCIe have any bearing on the result?
I need AGP so i`m more interested in this but nice to know both for future reference.
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Posted 14 September 2006 - 04:51 AM

Installation wise it is a pretty much the same for all graphics cards.

Noise and heat are related, and both depend on the HSF. The kind of HSF varies between cards, there are even entirely silent cards. nVIDIA is using a smaller manufacturing process which means the cards use less power and produces less heat, so in theory a nVIDIA card is less noisy than an ATI if they both would be using the same HSF, which they of course aren't.
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Posted 14 September 2006 - 07:35 AM

Also, HIS has worked with an iceQ cooler for ati cards, which works a treat. It keeps graphics cards colder than almost any other cooling option (except water of course) and is almost one of the most quiet.

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Posted 14 September 2006 - 06:07 PM

Also, HIS has worked with an iceQ cooler for ati cards, which works a treat. It keeps graphics cards colder than almost any other cooling option (except water of course) and is almost one of the most quiet.

Actually, water cooling doesn't really cool it that much better. It's much more qiuet though.

nVidia and ATi are bot hgood brands and are neck and neck. One month nVidia's better, one month ATI's better.

II haven't had to much hands on expericane except with my friends AGP 6600GT when it died after a few months of overclocking the hell out of it.

ATi's been doing fien for me so far.
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Posted 14 September 2006 - 06:48 PM

I've had both ATI and Nvidia, and loved them both. My old Radeon (ATI) 9500 pro is maybe 3 years old and is still running to this day...it's in my sons computer now, and he plays Battlefield 2 on it (low resolution settings) with no lag at all, even on the larger more populated maps. One thing that I think helped out a lot is that I put on an aftermarket cooling fan for it (can't remember the name of it). Back when I got it, I was told it was the single best thing I could do to help prolong the life of my card, so I put it on (it was extemely easy).

They make the aftermarket cooling fans for just about every VGA card out there, so you might want to consider buying one....just be carefull that if you do install one that it doesn't void the warranty on the card itself.

Other than that, everyone else has nailed it as far as information :thumbsup: , so I won't repeat what's already been stated :flowers: :trumpet:
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Posted 14 September 2006 - 11:47 PM

When it comes to the differences between agp and pci... AGP stands for accelerated graphics port... If you want to get technical... I think pci is located on south bridge and agp is located on northbridge which is located closer to the processor and it runs essentially faster... been a while since I looked at that, but I believe that's the cause and effect. Remember that with great video cards, comes great need for better power supply.

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Posted 16 September 2006 - 08:09 AM

I'm an nVidia fan because I've had problems with ATI a while back (admittedly, I mixed an nVidia graphics card with an ATI TVWonder card - so it could have been either).

For AGP cards you're pretty much limited in your choices. Most manufacturers have switched to PCIe and have stopped development of AGP cards.

FWIW - the most advanced AGP card from nVidia is the GEForce 7800 GS.
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Posted 17 September 2006 - 12:25 AM

Actually, water cooling doesn't really cool it that much better. It's much more qiuet though.



I dont mean to bash you or anything... but do you have proof that watercooling is not better than air cooling? I can tell you right now that with the right setup, you can overvolt/clock your video card and have it in the line with the CPU and keep it cooler than the stock air idle temp on water.

Edited by legoman786, 17 September 2006 - 12:26 AM.

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