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- Oct 9, 1999
Now that I think about it, this is rather simple. If your card requires external power(i.e. a PCIe 12v connection), it requires external cooling. An external power connector means you're using more than 75W, which is already past many CPUs.Originally posted by: thilan29
QFT. I really wish coolers would dump hot air outside the case. My current 8800GT has a non-reference cooler but it dumps heat inside the case...so after a while temps are pretty high anyway, lessening the advantage of the non-reference cooler.Originally posted by: ViRGE
If they stopped making GPUs that dumped heat in to a case, I think their complaints would stop. When GPUs use more power than high-end CPUs (who tend to have their own dedicated air channel) it's time to stop dumping heat in to the case. Alternatively they can just cut back on the insane power usage, although I doubt people would be willing to give up the performance.
I do wish that there was a better design for GPU cooling though. An additional source venting air from the case means that much more air must be pulled inside, something not all cases are well prepared for.