Xbit Labs is reporting that MSI is developing passive cooling solutions for its graphics cards. Many GeForce FX 5200 graphics cards are already available with fanless coolers, but most mid-range and high-end cards have required active cooling. And let's not even get into the Dustbuster.
Honestly, it's rare that I find the noise generated by common GPU fans to be disruptive or even mildly annoying, but there's more to passive cooling than reducing fan noise. Fan failures can effectively render active cooling solutions useless, potentially causing permanent heat damage to hardware.
In the end, only those paranoid about fan failure and noise levels may be willing to pay a premium for passive cooling solutions. Still, it's nice to see MSI working to make its graphics offerings unique in a sea of reference designs.
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