I've got an MSI GeForce3 Ti200 video card, and I'm wondering if I can run it fanless. It came with a tiny little stock 40mm fan that's extremely whiny and annoying.
Here's a picture of the card itself...the heatsink seems rather large, and covers the ram chips as well as the GPU.
I've unplugged the fan, and am able to run 2D appilcations fine with no issues, but the heatsink itself is rather hot to touch. (I can touch it with my fingers without burning myself, but i can only hold it for a second or two before it begins to hurt.)
I have yet to attempt any 3D intensive applications with the fan off. Has anyone tried running this card (or a similar GF3Ti200) fanless? Will I be shortening my card's lifespan significantly by running it without the fan?