Question about Soltek (SL-5700L-XD) (128 MB) Graphic Card
Just bought this card off of ebay and it is supposed to be "almost" new, however the heatsink fan is definitely not on. The card works and provides good graphics, however I'm worried that this will shorten the life of the graphics processor and cause it to run poorly. Is it run by drivers that will turn on that fan at a cerain temperature? Or is it probably a faulty fan? Will this cause problems with the quality of video?
If the fan seems to belong there, then it must run, may be slower at idle but must run or at least spin-up at boot time. Better put any fan u can get on it, even a 10cm case fan will do. On the other hand, if you dont play games on it in sommer, it will survive the rest. There are heat sinks without fans on cheap cards and they work (like the MX series Nvidia) Start a game, OpenGL or D3D and let it render for a hour or so, while being arround. If the screen doesnt display any funny rectangles or freezes, you should be ok. The heat wount kill the card, cause yours already has a overheat protection in the chip.
Posted on Jan 26, 2007
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