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All-In-Wonder 9800 Pro cooling

By erickdj
Feb 19, 2004
  1. The fan on my AIW 9800 is starting to make a really loud noise, I know it's about to die one of these days. The card is still under warranty, but it's the only card I have so I can't just send it to ATI and wait for more than 2 weeks to get it back. I need to find a decent aftermarket cooling solution for the card. Most of the cooling fans/heatsinks or heat pipes I have seen won't fit the card because of the TV tuner getting on the way of the heatsink. Does anyone know of a decent cooling solution that will fit an All-In-Wonder card?
     
  2. snowman

    snowman TS Rookie Posts: 312

    you could buy an aftermarket fan from zalman, thermaltake or other companies, try www.newegg.com search for VGA chipset fans.
     
  3. lowman

    lowman TS Rookie Posts: 446

    You'd be LUCKY if you got the card back in 2 weeks from my experience...
     
  4. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,919   +9

    I solved my 9800SE All-in-Wonder noise problem simply by changing only the fan. I didn't touch the heatsink itself. To be more precise I didn't even remove the old fan, I just unplugged it and installed a new one on top of it (the fan was small, inside the heatsink). I haven't noticed any heat problems and noises are gone now :)
     
  5. erickdj

    erickdj TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 73

    Mictlantecuhtli, What kind of fan did you use? I've been looking at some of the vga fans out there, but they all seem to be "Blocked" on the bottom. the fans I saw were intended to be mounted directly on the VPU, the fans came built with a heatsink so no air passes through.
     
  6. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,919   +9

    Zalman's ZM-OP1 taped to the card, angled slightly so that the air goes out through the open slot next to the card :)
     
  7. erickdj

    erickdj TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 73

    thanks Mictlantecuhtli.
     
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