OH, you dont havea fan on the card. Yeah, that card roasts itself and that is why it doesnt exist anymore on the market. However, if added a silent to it, it becomes the best of all worlds.
I looked hard for this, but it was yanked super fast..... reasons are obvious
Not sure what you mean but this? But anyway you are probably right regarding the 7600, i guess i gotta get into the modern age, PCI-E etc!
Regarding the performance, specs wise its compable to 9800 pro anyway? 8 pipes at 500 vs 325MHz but less memory bandwidth, not sure about design efficiency? So anyway its not worse than my 9800 which was my main concern.
what i mean is this: standard heatsinks are 10 cent garbage. Passive heatsinks: nice and heavy. passive = computer on fire for most users who game and do not modify their rigs. (no air openings, screaming fans that are clogged with dirt, etc.)
they yank the passive ones from user failure/complaints. Now, an spcr person know thats a passive heatsink with a nexus 92 or 120 blowing across it is still silent, yet very cool running and efficient. I always recommend getting the best hugest passive heatsink for something and then blowing air on it. inaudible is inaudible, so might as well also have air movement which ='s safety, longevity, investement protection, peace of mind.
thats what i would do with that vid card. THat card has more performance than a 9800pro, no question about it. I have seen the difference as well benches on websites concur.
yea, upgrade the system before you go do a 7600 series agp. the 66oo is a great middle ground however. (i hope it was cheap, should have been, I would unscrew and reapply thermal compounds for lower temps)