It has pros & cons. If you have really poor case ventilation, the reference cooler may be a little better. On the flipside, if you have decent ventilation the "open face" coolers will be a lot more effective. Just have to make sure you can get the hot air out of your case, but the open ones get heat away from the card better.http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814133326
I personally like Nvidia's reference cooler. Seems to be pretty effective and quieter than most 3rd party (and at least makes some attempt to exhaust air out of the case).
Oh, Steam.. Well, it's just those that are already covered by others. Technical reasons (occasional lock-ups and corrupted/disturbed installers, etc.), financial reasons (I sell my finished games, usually bundled with a video card), and privacy reasons. Yeah I know, it's like worrying about running into the least expected person in Times Square but then again that has happened to me more than once. It's just a principle that I do not want to compromise if I can. I block via firewall or run all (most) the home-phoning applications in generic VMs. My main system can do all my work without the Internet connection. Once GPU virtualization becomes practical I might consider Steam.In case lopri forgot...
Anyone?Back on topic, I found out my local MicroCenter has two vendors' GTX 460 1GB on sale: Sparkle and Palit. Sparkle has the reference cooler and Palit has a custom cooler with bigger fan. Both below $210. They had a 2GB version for $240 as well. Is there any review on Palit's custom HSF?
The MSI is anything but cheap in its manufacture. They both use upgraded components compared to a run-of-the-mill GTX 460. Newegg actually has quite a few "one star" reviews on the Gigabyte - seems they have a tendency to fail after a month or so.Don't get the MSI, its cheap PCB, Get the gigabyte one, end of story.. have fun, gl
This review (and they are tough to find) says the Palit runs cool and extremely silent.Anyone?
It's this cooler that I'm curious about.