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[tcMag] MSI puts a Hybrid cooler on the GeForce 9600 GT

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The initial experiment with a hybrid cooler apparently worked out fine so now Micro-Star International has unveiled a GeForce 9600 GT card equipped with a cooler based on the Hybrid Freezer technology. Painted in blasphemous red, the new G94 card features 64 Stream Processors, DirectX 10.0 support, a 256-bit memory interface and PCI-Express 2.0 readiness.

Featuring 512MB of GDDR3 memory and likely stock clocks, the new card has a cooling system that takes up two slots, is equipped with four 6mm thick copper heatpipes and has a fan that can be dead silent. The idea behind the cooler is to be both efficient and quiet so the fan will only work while the GPU's temperature is above 40 degrees Celsius, thus ensuring total silence while not gaming. Thile running the fan is slated to have a top noise output of 28dBA. Unfortunately, this new addition to MSI's 9600 family is not priced nor does it have a release date currently.


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it was my understanding that four heat pipes was a little excessive, as only two or maybe three max make contact with the GPU.
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I don't understand.....this is just the same as any other card. My 2900XT fan is silent unless the card hits 70C then it makes a sound

How is this different from any other cooler? Let alone a hybrid!

What two things has this cooler combined to be a hybrid? It is just a standard HSF with an on board fan controller is it not?
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What two things has this cooler combined to be a hybrid? It is just a standard HSF with an on board fan controller is it not?
That's what i was thinking
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I don't understand.....this is just the same as any other card. My 2900XT fan is silent unless the card hits 70C then it makes a sound

How is this different from any other cooler? Let alone a hybrid!

What two things has this cooler combined to be a hybrid? It is just a standard HSF with an on board fan controller is it not?
Fan On and Fan Off = Hybrid!

My PC is a hybrid as well.... it can turn on and off. I have some hybrid light bulbs as well....
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Well HardOCP had a review of a pumpless liquid cooler that used convective currents of a liquid medium to carry heat, which I guess qualifies as hybrid (Liquid + Air), but I dont see how this is hybridized.
    
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Well HardOCP had a review of a pumpless liquid cooler that used convective currents of a liquid medium to carry heat, which I guess qualifies as hybrid (Liquid + Air), but I dont see how this is hybridized.
That's not really a hybrid either.... that's using the liquid as a medium to transport the heat to air. The CPU heat is being absorbed by water... and the water's heat is being absorbed by air. The CPU heat is not being cooled by both water AND air simulataneously or switching modes.
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The ultra tec cooler is a hybrid....... this isn't.
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Fan On and Fan Off = Hybrid!

My PC is a hybrid as well.... it can turn on and off. I have some hybrid light bulbs as well....
OK in simple terms yes, but then most GPU HSF are hybrids.

What i am getting at is why the hell are they using it as a marketing slogan

If it works then good for them, but i seriously doubt it will.
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OK in simple terms yes, but then most GPU HSF are hybrids.

What i am getting at is why the hell are they using it as a marketing slogan

If it works then good for them, but i seriously doubt it will.
Most GPU HSF are always running and scale up with load.

<sarcasm>
However, the brilliant engineering teams at MSI have discovered advanced and ground breaking technology with fans. Fans can be turned off and on! Who would have known? This allows energy savings of 2-3w!!!!1!!
</sarcasm>
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