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The FX 5200 without a doubt. The 9600 (RVxxx core) is based on 0.13u micron process while the FX 5200 is on 0.15u.
 

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I'd say the 9600. IIRC there are variants of the 5200 using passive cooling
 

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I'm sure there heat distribution is about equal. The 5200 has significantly less transistors but on a larger process. The 5200 might produce less heat though if it it significantly lower clocked.
 

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with the exception of the nvidia dustbuster, the trend is usually that a card that vastly outperforms another is usually the hotter card i think. so from these two, the 9600pro would be the hotter one.
 

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I don't know if this is true or not, but I heard that nVidia cards in general heat up more than ATIs
 

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Uh.. not at all.
 

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9600's only requirte a small hewatsink and fan to operate correctly. Whilst they do need active cooling, they hardly put out a lot of heat, and making a choice between an fx5200 and a 9600 card because of that one reason is silly.

There is no choice, the 9600 is the better card.
 

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The ultimate editions from sapphire dont need active cooling either with that heatpipe on it. I agree with james though, it would be retarded to pass up the 9600 over the 5200 because of more heat.
 
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