Silent 2600XT in Antec Fusion?

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Silent 2600XT in Antec Fusion?

Post by lavik » Tue Oct 02, 2007 11:09 pm

I'm wondering if this card (Gigabyte GV-RX26T256H) fits in an Antec Fusion or not.

If not, could someone recommend another silent/passive card in the same price/performance-range that fits?

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Post by Delta_42 » Wed Oct 03, 2007 1:06 am

Rule of thumb for the fusion.... if the heatsink is higher than the retaining bracket for the card it won't fit.

Its not precise, but it helps you rule out cards like that at a glance.

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Post by Delta_42 » Wed Oct 03, 2007 1:24 am

As for another card... is this going to be used for gaming or just as a HTPC?

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Post by lavik » Wed Oct 03, 2007 2:37 am

This is mainly to be used as a HTPC (and of course HD-material)

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Post by krille » Wed Oct 03, 2007 2:40 am

Damn, I really wanted that game bundle (Neverwinter Nights 2), too bad MSI's HD 2600XT 512MB was the only feasible option available to me.

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Post by Delta_42 » Thu Oct 04, 2007 6:37 am

If you aren't going to game on it then you could get a less powerful card like an Nvidia 8400 with much lower cooling requirements. There are plenty of passive 8400s

Or the next card down the line from the card you asked about looks like it will fit, the Gigabyte 2600Pro cooler is much smaller.

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Post by lavik » Thu Oct 04, 2007 8:39 am

Thanks for your reply. Is the 8400-series as good as the 2400/2600-series when it comes to decoding of HD-material?

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Post by PointSeven » Mon Oct 08, 2007 11:28 pm

I just put one of these in my Fusion: HIS Hightech H260XTP256DDN-R. Fits the case fine. The wrap around heat sink is touching the chipset heatsink on my motherboard though.

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Post by St@tik » Mon Oct 22, 2007 2:33 pm

Hey PointSeven, how are the temps on that HIS 2600XT? How is the picture quality, and ease of setup, any problems, etc? Are you using the audio thru HDMI? Sorry for all the questions, but I'm looking at getting that card for my HTPC. I'm trying to decide between 2600XT and 8600GT cards to drive HD content. The HIS 2600XT being a fanless design with the fins on the back side, seems like it work great in a NSK2400/Fusion environment. As a bonus Newegg has a $15 rebate and you get a free Valve black box.

Thanks,
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Post by JoeWPgh » Mon Oct 22, 2007 5:19 pm

St@tik wrote:Hey PointSeven, how are the temps on that HIS 2600XT? How is the picture quality, and ease of setup, any problems, etc? Are you using the audio thru HDMI? Sorry for all the questions, but I'm looking at getting that card for my HTPC. I'm trying to decide between 2600XT and 8600GT cards to drive HD content. The HIS 2600XT being a fanless design with the fins on the back side, seems like it work great in a NSK2400/Fusion environment. As a bonus Newegg has a $15 rebate and you get a free Valve black box.

Thanks,
-St@tik
I just installed one of these, and it was bloody. Worked great for about ten hours, then a HARD crash. I mean, clean reinstall Vista kinda crash. From there, my soundcard could not be recognized until I uninstalled the HIS 2650XT and reinstalled the 7600gs. Then the Auzentech installed and came online. After that, I uninstalled the nvidia and reinstalled the 2600. So far so good, but for the upgrade 'value'? Not nearly enough to justify the effort. It's also a fairly hot running card. My ambient case temps rose by +/- 5c until I added another 80mm Nexus. It's installed and stable now. But what a bloodbath.

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Post by St@tik » Tue Oct 23, 2007 6:42 am

Thanks for the quick reply JoeWPgh. I seen your post over on Newegg and was wondering if you got the red rendering sorted out? What kind of case are you using? I'm hoping I will have better temperature control in my NSK2400. Are you using the Catalyst 7.10 drivers? I'm still leaning to this card because I'm having a hard time finding a 8600GT that is fanless, not to tall, or double slot.

Thanks again!
-St@tik

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Post by JoeWPgh » Wed Oct 24, 2007 5:05 pm

After the initial bloodbath of an install, the card has worked flawlessly. With the added 80mm Nexus mounted to the mini Ninja, all temps are way down. Right now, after three hours of SD cable TV watching, my core temp is 33c and the 2600 is at 36.The proximity of the 2600's fins to the Minja's simply demanded more airflow. The system is a touch louder now, but I doubt it's louder than a fan cooled card would have made things.
An odd thing I did notice when installing this card was that until I got the ATI driver installed, the card's temp was MUCH higher - in the mid 50's range at idle. I don't know if that contributed to the installation woes, or if it was just bad juju with the various things that had accumulated on the machine.

I'm running it in an nMediapc 288 with it's 2 60mm's swapped out for 2 80's on adaptors. I can't help but think you'd do much better with the NSK.

As for the red quality, I found some suggested settings in this massive thread at the AVSforums that helped tame things. (sorry, but I don't remember off hand which setting solved the red issues)
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=872538

There's a couple days worth of reading there, and worth the time if you go with a HD 2x00

On the whole, I like the card. But given what I went through getting it going, I'm not comfortable recommending it.

St@tik wrote:Thanks for the quick reply JoeWPgh. I seen your post over on Newegg and was wondering if you got the red rendering sorted out? What kind of case are you using? I'm hoping I will have better temperature control in my NSK2400. Are you using the Catalyst 7.10 drivers? I'm still leaning to this card because I'm having a hard time finding a 8600GT that is fanless, not to tall, or double slot.

Thanks again!
-St@tik

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Post by JoeWPgh » Thu Oct 25, 2007 11:16 pm

Delta_42 wrote:Rule of thumb for the fusion.... if the heatsink is higher than the retaining bracket for the card it won't fit.

Its not precise, but it helps you rule out cards like that at a glance.
Missed this earlier. I'd amend this to 'higher than the bracket and a toolless thumbscrew'. I opted for the HIS, because the heatpipes hug the card as they wrap over it. It barely fits in an nMediapc case (the case lid lightly touches the heatpipes) I think the nMedia is a tad thinner than the Fusion. I've read that a Mini Ninja fits in a Fusion. In my case, the decorative nuts had to be removed.

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Post by NyteOwl » Fri Oct 26, 2007 10:40 am

Another option might be the Sapphire as it seems to wrap the heatpipes around the back edge of the card rather than over the top.

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Post by Mikey » Mon Oct 29, 2007 7:55 pm

NyteOwl wrote:Another option might be the Sapphire as it seems to wrap the heatpipes around the back edge of the card rather than over the top.
Has anyone actually been able to buy one yet? I remember they were 'about to' release them three months ago when i built my htpc but i'm yet to see one. Just checked newegg and no dice either.. ;)

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Post by greenglo » Tue Oct 30, 2007 7:48 pm

You can get the sapphire ultimate from across the pond in the uk. As of yet it has not shown up to any north american suppliers that I know of. I just grabbed the HIS HD 2600XT iSilenceIII for my fusion and haven't looked back! :)

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Post by Lensman » Tue Oct 30, 2007 9:22 pm

To those posters with the HIS HD 2600XT iSilenceIII, I've been on the verge of pulling the trigger on this but just want to make sure it fits given the Northbridge heatsink on my GA-G33M-DS2R.

Anyone have any specific experience with this video card on this specific Gigabyte motherboard?

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Post by greenglo » Tue Nov 06, 2007 9:02 pm

You could always post the height of your heatsink from the board as well as the distance from the heatsink to the pci-e slot, and see if one of us owners would be kind enough to do some measurements for you.

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