Was going to keep budget below $400 but come to the conclusion it would probably be better to spend another $100 and get a 6600 instead
Don't really know the difference between the four available so would like help finding out. This is the Micro Center page showing the four in question: https://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.aspx?Ntt=6600&Ntk=all&sortby=pricehigh&N=4294966998&myStore=true
Interested in the bottom/cheapest 4 but not sure what the differences really are. I also am concerned with how the GPU will work with my older build consisting of: Intel Core i5-8400 CPU, 8GB Ram, Asrock Fatal1ty Performance H370 motherboard, 600W EVGA PSU,120GB SSD, 500GB SSD, 500GB HDD, Antec DF700 Flux mid tower case with up to 9 120mm fans
Would 600W PSU be enough for all of that plus the 6600 GPU?
Thank you for your time
No, the silent mode is for when it is not hot. And if you dont like it, the Radeon software gives you full control over the fan curve including turning off silent mode so the fans always run.
You can see here, I have disabled the silent mode on my 6600 and made my own fan speed curve:
I have the Gigabyte "Eagle" version of the 6600. Its absurdly huge with 3 fans, but that also lets it have silent mode because the heatsink is so big. Strangely enough it is also the least expensive. If your case fits it, I'd say that's the one to get.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts
Are you using a mid size case or something bigger? Is it pretty quiet without turning on silent mode? I was under the impression that mode means a tradeoff where it will be quiet but easier to get hot which, if true, would be something I'm cautious about right now due to losing my 970 to what I believe was mainly overheating.
If you are concerned about video card space, it shouldn't be an issue, the Antec case supports video cards up to 405mm per their website specs. https://www.antec.com/product/case/df700-flux
The Eagle 6600mm despite being a triple fan card is 282mm, so it should fit without issue.
Space was a bit of concern. More interested in how the card does when not in silent mode. From my understanding silent mode reduces sound at the cost of keeping it cool or performance to some degree.
Don't like the idea of that kind of trade if true
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