PCI Slot fan under X800 good idea??

By Tranq ยท 8 replies
Feb 10, 2005
  1. Hi...ive been posting here alot lately considering im having lots of problems...and now especially with my video card :(

    at the moment i have a PCI slot fan two slots away from my Sapphire Radeon X800 pro pci-e...is this a good idea?? my gpu gets to around 55-60 degrees C while playing games...and idles at about 44 C...lately ive been having alot of FPS trouble and im not sure if it's overheating or the other possible problems (in my other posts) anyway ive heard that if the video card has a fan and heatsink on it a PCI slot fan isnt a good idea...it is quite close but definitely not right against the video card...there's about 1 1/2 inches in between the cooler and the video card...i can move the fan one slot down still...should i try that??
  2. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    I think it depends on to which direction the PCI slot fan blows air - to the card or away from it.
  3. Tranq

    Tranq TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 70

    the PCI slot fan is UNDER the video card and it sucks the air OUTSIDE the case...so yea...it would seem that it should cool the card but i dont know...ive read otherwise
  4. Masque

    Masque TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,058

    The temps don't sound all that bad for an X800 GPU. If you've got ample case fans....maybe one in the front and one plus PS fan in the back, it will normally be enough.
  5. Tranq

    Tranq TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 70

    ok well then all i need is a new power supply and ill be good...and if that doesnt work ill RMA the card...
  6. Masque

    Masque TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,058

    Make sure you test the PS first.....don't just buy a new one on our word....unless of course you've got too much money..... ;)
  7. Tranq

    Tranq TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 70

    lol actually im out of money...this is a very cheap ps...the first one blew...so i get an RMA for it...and this one hasnt blown but it is still a piece of junk...it weighs less than 2 pounds...seriously...and my video card ($425) performs worse than my old 9000 pro...so yea im quite ticked off right now
  8. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,495

    I have a x700 with a pci fan and i have noticed improved cooling. I would most defintly recomend doing it.


    btw-those temps are actually not that hot for a x800
  9. Tranq

    Tranq TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 70

    yea i know the temps arent bad...i think it just got damaged when my power supply blew up :) so yea...i need to get a new power supply and RMA the card
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