What's a Good Replacement for ATI 9800 Pro in my MCE PC

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by Keith Hill, Aug 11, 2005.

  1. Keith Hill

    Keith Hill Guest

    I think the ATI 9800 Pro that came with my Gateway 901x MCE PC is starting
    to flake out. For a while, the fan on the card has acted weird (up and down
    RPMs like it can't make up its mind how much cooling it needs). Anyway,
    this card is noisy and apparently runs really hot. What's a good (not so
    noisy and cooler) replacement that will still do DVI?
    Keith Hill, Aug 11, 2005
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  2. I think it's an either/or situation...run cool and loud, or run hot and
    quiet. The last card I had with no fan toasted itself after about 6 months.
    For Media Center, it's suggested you use an nVidia 5200 or higher, or an ATI
    9200 or higher. Almost all of those cards have DVI, but only the top end
    ones will support a good stable picture using DVI at the 1080i resolution of
    1920x1080. If you're running DVI at a lesser resolution, any of those cards
    should work (if you're running a HD tuner, again, you need a card at the
    higher end of the line).

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    Dana Cline - MVP, Aug 11, 2005
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    jerryrock Guest

    I replaced my 9800 Pro with the HIS X800 Pro Excalibur IceQII which is
    basically the ATI X800 Pro 256MB card with an excellent cooling solution
    thatis both quiet and cool as it exhausts directly out of the back of the
    case (takes up 2 slots).
    jerryrock, Aug 11, 2005
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    SideOut Guest

    SideOut, Aug 11, 2005
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    kalev- Guest

    Keep it and stick a silent ZM80 Zalman heatsink on it.
    It's a great card.
    kalev-, Aug 12, 2005
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    Keith Hill Guest

    That looks cool but I don't have a spare slot to accomodate the apparatus.
    Keith Hill, Aug 12, 2005
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    Wooky Guest

    The Leadtek 6200 is passively cooled and has an extrodinarily good
    output quality, it knocked the socks of my ATIs which really surprised
    me, and using the Nvidia decoder software it has more options than you
    can shake a stick at.

    Wooky, Aug 13, 2005
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