Sorry to hi-jack the thread but I'm a newbie and need a bit of advice about 9600 cards.
I'm going to build a HTPC to play DVDs and record/watch TV but *not* play games on.
I've decided on a 9600 card for the output but am a bit confused about what the various types do.
What is the difference between an SE, and XT and a plain 9600 - there seems to be such a big difference in price across the whole 9600 range ?
I also want one that doesn't use a fan - I see the "Ultimate" doesn't have a fan and the cheap Tekheads doesn't either. Which of the other 9600 cards have fans ? Do all the SE have just heatsinks or is it a case of each manufacturer uses different cooling on their cards and you have to check beforehand ?
I will probably get the cheap tekheads card unless anyone can offer advice against doing so...
I'm putting together a HTPC and am looking at the standard 9600 because it's silent. I won't be playing games just using it for vide oand the net. So would I notice any difference between the standard fanless 9600 and the ultimate 9600XT?
The Rage3D site has a review of the 256M version here which shows that it has practically the same performance as the 128M version anyway, so I am going to save a few pennies and get the cheaper 128M version.