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Hi,


First time poster, long time reader.


I was wondering if any one is having problems using a LeadTek 8500 GT Passive HDMI card?


I've already had one gone pop through overheating within 15 minutes use and a second just this minute has also overheated and died.


The card is plugged into a Gigabyte GA-G33M-DS2R/S2 with a Q6600 processor.


The thing gets hot just showing a BIOS window so it's not under any kind of stress?


Could this be a faulty batch? or is it because the Ahanix MCE303 case I am using is too short and causes the case to become an extension of the GFX passive heatpipe?


Thoughts would be appreciated!




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Spoke to PCWorld Business technical support who said that LeadTek are always good solid video cards and I was probably unlucky getting two faulty ones. I did consider getting the MSI 8500GT passive HDMI card but the technical chap said he wouldn't suggest it as Leadtek are a dedicated GFX manufacturer and MSI are a broader vendor (motherboards etc)


So, hopefully a second RMA and the third won't have the heating issues.


I did read you can burn your video card if you get accidentally connect the SPDIF to a voltage pin. However, in my case this wasn't happening.


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No, the third card produced the same problem. Heat.


I've been recommended the MSI NX8500GT-MTD256EH card by two other guys on the forum, so purchasing that through QuietPC.com


I also tried the MSI with an active fan but was way too noisy.


I would probably wait for the new R790 series coming out in March if I had to do it again. These decode 1080p VC1/AVC without issues.
 

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flannell was it burning out w/ gaming or watching hd movies?


I would go for the MSI but it does not come with low profile bracket & I cant find a low profile bracked with hdmi connector.
 
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