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So I got my computer set up, and I have to say that the power is absolutely wonderful, I am enjoying it very much.

However, the 580 Lightnings I have installed get very, very loud. At idle they aren't noticeable at all, I can't even hear them. But when at load..they are painfully loud, I don't even want to overclock them now (which is what they're meant for) because of the noise.

I have attempted fan control and even undervolting, but the issue persists, I could not get the noise down.

I am still within the return period, but am unsure what to do.

A couple of things to note:
  • The Asus DCII will not work, the first card would fit, but the second wouldn't. This is due to the way my motherboard is arranged, so I can only have 2-slot cards.
  • Watercooling will not work internally, there's no room. I also have no room to have an external cooler

I need help sadsmiley.gif
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post #2 of 72
get some acoustic foam? the lighting cards are always going to be loud since they cater to the overclocking market which needs really good air cooling. The fans aren't designed for being quiet... they are purely performance fans... sorry man frown.gif

you could always get aftermarket coolers like the artic accelero stuff which is pretty quiet
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Can you make a custom fan profile for them in afterburner?
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+1 to soundproofing your case
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Lampen;13348661 
Can you make a custom fan profile for them in afterburner?

I did that, am still fiddling with it actually. It still gets extremely loud.
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Originally Posted by badatgames18;13348647 
get some acoustic foam?
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Originally Posted by Methos07;13348673 
+1 to soundproofing your case

I don't really like the idea of acoustic foam, it wouldn't help all that much I wouldn't think? considering the heat it would generate, and the vents have to be open so you would still hear noise from there?
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Odd, I thought they were supposed to be somewhat quiet.
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get some acoustic foam? the lighting cards are always going to be loud since they cater to the overclocking market which needs really good air cooling. The fans aren't designed for being quiet... they are purely performance fans... sorry man frown.gif

you could always get aftermarket coolers like the artic accelero stuff which is pretty quiet
unfortuneately, any of the AC Accelero units capable of cooling a GTX580 are triple slot frown.gif
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1st off, it is sli, of course it is going to be loud. And second of all, like said, the lightning cards are not geared towards the silent crowd, they are all about performance, so higher speed fans.

You could always try putting some aftermarket coolers on those cards, or just go water.
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Sound cancelling headphones. Seriously. My cards are loud as hell too, but I can barely hear them with my XB500s on.
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I did that, am still fiddling with it actually. It still gets extremely loud.





I don't really like the idea of acoustic foam, it wouldn't help all that much I wouldn't think? considering the heat it would generate, and the vents have to be open so you would still hear noise from there?


acoustic foam helps a ton! if you have sufficient exhaust fans then heat shouldn't be a problem...

this aftermarket cooler is quieter but not sure on it's performance: http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11422/vid-148/Gelid_Icy_Vision_Five_Heatpipe_Universal_VGA_Cooler_Rev_2_Up_to_HD6800_Series_GTX_580_Series.html?tl=g40c21s66

it's a dual slot so it should work for you
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