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 Post subject: inno3d geforce 4 mx440 fan driving me mad!
PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2003 5:13 pm 
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My inno3d mx440 fan is driving me mad its making so much much noise

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What can i replace it with? Can i replace it with a zalman chipset heatsink??? I want it to be quiet, but on a budget!

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2003 6:05 am 
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Well I have 2 440MX cards that both came with a stock heatsink that is passive (and rathe small) so you should be able to use a NBJ-32 on it BUT it will cost you some PCI slots so check that first.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2003 1:23 pm 
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Generally speaking, I have seen too many GF 4 MX cards without a fan that I think they do not really need one. The heatsinks are slightly bigger when they are passive but you can try to simply unplug the fan and monitor the temperature. If it stays fairly cool, leave it so. If it starts to go high or the card begins to lock up, you'll have to get some bigger cooler, like a Zalman.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2003 3:08 pm 
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The Zalman NBJ 32 works like a charm on a MX440, I have two of them:) Takes up a slot or two, though, depending on the size of the PCI-card...


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2003 4:55 pm 
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I'm wondering how you get the stock hs off from those two plastic clips? I have a geforce2 and want to take the stock hs off and replace it but i don't know how to remove it without damaging the card.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 28, 2003 7:18 am 
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Wouldn't you be better served by buying a new video card with passive cooling like a Radeon 9600 than spending the money on an NB32 and making your older, slower GF2 quiet?


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 28, 2003 1:48 pm 
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how much more do you think it would cost me to buy a new card than to oc my old one and quiet it...and its more fun this way!


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 28, 2003 4:43 pm 
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Well, good point -- it's going to be about $7 for an NB, and it would be $56 for a new video card that is significantly faster and more modern. Your call =)


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Put the money aside for the new one just in case. You may need it after screwing up the old card :)

Actually, this is a pretty good card. And it should be easy to mod. So, basically, why not?


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well first i need to figure out how to mess the card up...does anyone know exactly how to get the plastic pins/pegs out? :lol: I really don't have that much money...and i was thinking i would get a aiw 9600 later next year. Of course i would spend the money to passively cool it w/ a zalman hp-50


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i mean zm-50 :oops: i don't know what i was thinking :roll:


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Well, I guess there are two ways:)

Either you simply cut the pins:) Or you press the pins together on the backside of the card and gently push them back through the holes.

The second method is somewhat more risky, not to mention harder to explain for someone not native in english:)


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 Post subject: cheaper way
PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2003 6:20 am 
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Cheapest way (free possibly) is to just undervolt that fan. I have a ti4200 clocked at 325mhz core with a 5v stock cooling fan (gainward ti4200 64mb 4xagp I think). My case has bad flow, too!


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2003 3:56 am 
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Remove the tiny whiny fan.

GeForce4MX don't really need a fan, but looking at the weeny HS on it, I would advice using atleast some airflow.

If you have any spare 80mm fans lying around (preferably 80L1a). Mount this parallel to the graphics card at a low voltage and it will be super quiet and safe. You will see tons of ghetto mods to mount this fan, which should cost nothing. All you need is a flat piece of metal and drill a hole at one end so you can screw it in the PCI backplate and do something similar with to the fan. There are loads of other methods to attach the fan, I guess even an ice lolly stick would work... You get the point, you will find a way. :wink:


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Based on the date of the original post, I'm guessing he's solved the problem by now - but here's my experience.

I put an older Geforce4 Ti4400 card into my kid's computer not long ago, and discovered the fan had just become horrendous with a loud clicking sound. I simply unplugged it, and left it and the heatsink on the video card.

I then took one of those Zalman fan brackets (the type that mount onto the PCI slot screws), and the included fan, and mounted it so that it blows air down onto the video card. I used the included 5v adapter, so the fan runs slow and quiet - ohhh SO much quieter than the stock fan.

I haven't done any official benchmarks/heat tests, but the system seems to run fine, and there's no video issues when my boys play games like Diablo II and such.

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