Over-clocking idea for my Sapphire Radeon 9600?

By astoriaandme
May 14, 2006
  1. I recently bought a motherboard with an AGP slot to put an old 9600 to good use. And I was able to overclock my GPU to 355Mhz, and my Mem. clock to 200Mhz. The thing is, the version of my video card does not have a fan on it, only heatsink, so I am planning on getting a fan for it. I want one that costs less than $30 bucks and will allow me to over-clock as much as I possibly can.

    PS. Noise in NOT a problem what-so-ever. I'm all about performance.

  2. KingCody

    KingCody TS Evangelist Posts: 992   +7

    i have a similar card. ATI radeon 9600SE with no fan.

    I used a small fan from an old PentiumII heatsink and it worked great. I just used a couple sheet metal screws and screwed the fan right into the video card heatsink.

    If you've got any old heatsink/fans from an older setup (as many of us do), then it should work fine.
  3. astoriaandme

    astoriaandme TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Sounds like a good idea, but did it allows you to overclock a lot?
  4. KingCody

    KingCody TS Evangelist Posts: 992   +7

    to be honest, I never tried to overclock it. I just didn't like the idea of a passive cooler on my GPU.

    Any fan on a passive heat sink will work good to cool it down. what's more important is that you have good air flow to the heatsink/fan itself so it doesn't just blow it's own hot air back into itself. I don't think that heat will be the major limiting factor in the overclock anyways.

    You get what you pay for with cheaper cards like that I guess (although mine has served me well for 3 years now and counting). I am waiting for the DX10 cards to come out before I upgrade.
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