i am searching for a passive cooled ati all in wonder with dvi interface
i have seen many passive cooled radeon 9000 so i was hoping to find a radeon 9000 based aiw with passive cooling but no luck so far. even the radeon 9000 aiw from sapphire is active cooled.
[OT] i also noticed from sapphire that only the radeon 9000 without
dvi are passive cooled, while the radeon 9000 with
dvi are active cooled. does dvi produce extra heat? more likely that dvi produces less heat because it doesn't have to do digital to analog conversion. AFAIK since couple of years the dac (digital analog converter) component is integrated in the gpu. assuming the dac is producing heat when working and assuming they turn it off when not used the dvi cards should produce less heat! arrr! [/OT]
alternatively i can also mod an active cooled one with a zalman nb32j. i have watched for mounting holes because i'm not really keen on epoxying. i noticed that most radeon 9000 aiw have mounting holes although some don't
so i have to be carefull which to buy (maybe the photos were from a really bad angle so the holes got obscured). even with mounting holes all radeon 9000 aiw that i have seen use an epoxied heatsink-fan instead of using the mounting holes. i'm not really keen on ripping off an epoxied heatsink-fan
(sheesh! is there anything this guy is
keen on?) ^_^;
it doesn't have to be a radeon 9000 it can also be a radeon classic or any other radeon (that can be passive cooled), though all radeon classic aiw that i have seen don't have dvi and are active cooled. 3d performance is no issue, the card is for my dad's pc and he doesn't play games.
so if you know a radeon aiw with passive cooling and dvi interface, or a radeon aiw with a heatsink-fan which is clip mounted instead of epoxied, please post here. thanks
edit: clarified some terms