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  1. #1
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    Jul 2000
    OUT of my MIND

    Differences b/t video card with fan and no fan

    looking to purchase a "new" AGP card for my kids system (yeah i know agp is ancient, but cash is a problem right now... so this is the cheapest avenue for me currently)

    looking at geForce FX6200... what i've noticed is some cards have a fan and heatsink, and others JUST have a heatsink !?!?!?! why is that???

    i thought all these cards needed a fan to keep the heat down... someone explain please... and while ur at it, if u know anything of the PNY GeForce 6200 AGP please let me know.

    mainly trying to run Sims 3 (and it won't work on my kids radeon 9250)

    Last edited by whutsupdoc; September 7th, 2009 at 09:24 PM.

  2. #2
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    Aug 2000
    Quebec, Canada
    They are passive cards. Lower-end GPUs doesn't generate that much heat, so just a heatsink is usually enough to prevent overheating. They run hotter than their fanned versions, but are as stable as long as there's enough airflow around. The big advantage with them is the silence, as such cards usually have tiny noisy fans, so the passive versions are appreciated among silence freaks and HTPC users.

    As for the GeForce 6200, it is a DirectX 9 card so in theory it should run Sims 3, just don't expect neck-breaking performance

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