and to me the ideal computer is the one that you cannot tell whether it is on just by noise alone.
Did I say I wanted loud? Listen I recall all to well the 60mm fans on 1Ghz Athlons, **** screamers, I went through a lot of trouble to get 90mm fans on them to bring the noise levels to a very tolerable level. Considering the fact that I am thinking quad here. I expect some noise. Heck my SN25P, 8800GTS AMD X2 isn't silent, but what noise it does make doesn't bother me. It hums but doesn't scream.
As for the Nvidia issue, how the hell do you write a driver that doesn't spin up the fan when the unit comes under load?!? Seriously, heat is the biggest issue with GPUs but the fan stays @ 30% of top speed when gaming? Not to mention I had to fuss with Rivatuner until I could get it to work with my driver rev, so I could see the temps. Add to the fact that my previous 7800GT died (I presume from heat over 2 years of use) due to the fact that it was a single slot card and cooler, in an SFF case. When I replaced it I put in the dual slot 8800GTS, only to have it die of overheating in less then 2.5 weeks. Hence my reluctance to buy them right now. Plus the last two ATI cards I have owned never had an issue, and one is still in full time operation 6 years now.
Oh, add to that, I have a PCIe 2.0 card in a 1.0 slot. BIOS updates, firmware updates, etc have not solved the issue that when I fully power off my box I have to remove the video card, replace it with an old ATI x300, boot, shutdown, swap cards again, and boot. Otherwise the system refuses to post with the GTS in it first time around. Fortunately for me I hardly ever shut the darn thing off. But no amount of work or support calls have been able to resolve it.
So while I am not saying no to Nvidia, they aren't exactly tops on my list.
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