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Old July 18, 2013, 08:51 AM
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I'm not sure of the market in the Czech Republic but in Canada you can buy core 2 duos for under $30, if you have some money look around, and sell your sapphire board on ebay or a hardware forum.
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Old July 19, 2013, 09:43 AM
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And can you tell me, what I would done with Core2 duos...? Having no mobo that supports them?
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Old July 20, 2013, 01:26 PM
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OTOH, one can get a 3.4GHz P4 with 2MB L2 cache (clearly a huge improvement over a Celeron D 2.8GHz with 256kBy L2 cache) for about 8 bucks:
SL7Z7 Intel Pentium 4 Processor 650 2M Cache 3 40 GHz 800 MHz HT 64 Dell GX280 | eBay
Intel Pentium 4 650 3 4GHz 2M 800 775 CPU Processor Prescott SL7Z7 | eBay

...so if I recep the MSI old machine, then a P4 would improve the performance more that enought - not need for Core 2 duos :D
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Old July 26, 2013, 12:40 PM
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I got borrowed today for test a Point of View GeForce 7300GT card and it run in Sapphire A9RX480 w/o a single glitch (I recapped the card with Samxon caps like 4 years ago for friend, because the card died). So I would say that the board run pretty good, unless someone is trying to use in it the PCIE v2.0 card that is _NOT_ backwards compatible with PCIE 1.0a.

Witch is the case of the MSI GeForce 210-MD512H, unfortunately for me.


PS. now it looks like this:


...testing phase...
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Old July 31, 2013, 06:27 AM
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Also Point of View GeForce 8600GT is working just fine:



...so it is a rather isolated case of the MSI GeForce 210 card, seems. I do wonder, if other manufactures GeForce 210 cards will have this problem, tough.
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Old July 31, 2013, 11:42 PM
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So now I using a Point of View 8600GT card:



...it have reasonably quiet fan, but of course far too noisy for my liking. So I looked out for something that will fit well the reasonably small card, preferably overlaping ith 92mm fan over the top, so it cool a bit the NB heatsink after the card...

But much to my surprise, something like Arctic Cooling Accelero S2 are too big. The heatsink is huge, a 188x140mm (or 182x137 if you take their words: Accelero S2 Discontinued Products Cooling ARCTIC ) monster for a 120mm fan... That is a bit overkill for the small and reasonably not too hot (TDP 40W, or so they say NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT | techPowerUp GPU Database ) card.

So, are there something like the Accelero S2, but smaller... for a like 92mm fan out there?

I managed to find a Accelero L2 with reasonable 119x94 size, however the bottom does NOT look like that it can fit on my card AND there did not seems to be any suitable connections awailable, besides the GPU is at anged position on this card...
Accelero L2 Pro VGA Discontinued Products Cooling ARCTIC

But at least it is smaller, yet it is unclear, if there is enought space for the caps that have to fit bello the heatsink. At least 14mm there must be, preferably 15 as the Accelero L2 have... :|

So I'm a bit stuck. Of course there are alternatives like Zalman VF1000, but this is again overkill AND also the heatsink did not feature big enought fan to cool the chipset too AND I want to be able to use quiet fan (preferably Noctua... or shall I get something even quietier there from the 92mm pool?) of my choice and not their fan...
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Since moderator uddarts on PC perspective forum have the same Sapphire A9RX480 mainboard and he tried a Galaxy GTX 650 in it. This is a PCIE v3.0 (!) card from 2013.

And quess what! It worked right away w/o troubles! Now that means that the mobo is NOT the problem, but MSI ficked up the backwards compatibility in the card bios and that prevent it being used at all in older mainboards. Terrible...

Maybe a flashing bios from other company GeForce 210 card could help, but that would be a pretty adventurous operation! :D
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