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http://www.forumdeluxx.de/gallery/sh...t=1&thecat=514

Hard to tell which card is which in this picture, but it looks like sapphire's 9600 card may be fanless.

Might be the new winner in the HTPC fanless ati card roundup. I might consider upgrading from my sapphire 9000 fanless to the 9600 and start playing with VMR9.
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Please let it be so! If it's fanless and performs on par with the 9500 Pro then I'll be getting one for sure.

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Sapphire already has a fanless Radeon 9700 Pro card, called the Ultimate Edition. http://www.sapphiretech.com/VGA/9700proult.asp The picture is at the bottom of the page. The drawback is that the huge heatsink takes up the space of the first PCI slot. The new card appears to have a smaller heatsink.
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Sapphire already has a fanless Radeon 9700 Pro card, called the Ultimate Edition. http://www.sapphiretech.com/VGA/9700proult.asp The picture is at the bottom of the page. The drawback is that the huge heatsink takes up the space of the first PCI slot. The new card appears to have a smaller heatsink.
Looks a lot like they installed a Zalman heat pipe heat sink.

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the 9600 is the one in the lower left corner [ the 9800 is on the top right and the 9200 is on the top left ] so it is fanless :) .
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That's a pretty tiny heat sink compare to this huge 2 plate, PCI slot consuming Zalman heat sink for the only slightly bigger 9700 brother. I am wondering how well it will dissipate all that heat. The Zalman heat sink on my 9700Pro gets pretty darn hot.

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The 9600 is the only 0.13 micron chip from ATI, all others (9500, 9700, 9800, etc) are 0.15 micron. Smaller feature size means less voltage which means less heat which means less cooling required. I think the 9600-based cards could be the next best-bang-for-the-buck htpc video cards.

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Actually I believe the 9800 is also 0.13 micron.

Tom's Hardware confirmed today that the 9600 Pro is fanless - woo hoo!

From http://www.tomshardware.com/business...final-11.html:

"Sapphire showed a few graphics cards based on ATI graphics chips. What's striking is the passively cooled Radeon 9600 PRO, which goes along with the trend of quiet graphics cards."
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Actually, the 9800 in both Pro and non-Pro is a .15 micron design. The R350 core the suped up version of the 9700's R300 core, with some additional features added in.

The RV350 core on the 9600 boards is ATI's first .13 micron core, and the main difference from the 9500's core is that it has a memory interface optimized for the 128bit interface. The 9500 chip was just half of a 9700, which led to inefficiencies in the memory transfer.

I think the 9600 is really going to hit the sweet spot - really fast, easier to cool, and less expensive than a 9700/9800 card. Whoo hoo! I'll take 2...

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