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What would you recommend to be best in this category?
I have been looking at this particular card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127592 MSI is not crucial, but I would like something that is a high quality video card, yet runs extremely quietly.
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Yeah that card should run well without much noise. I would have suggested the twin frozr III but i hear they get loud under load. That card should do. (One on the link).
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What would you recommend to be best in this category?
I have been looking at this particular card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127592 MSI is not crucial, but I would like something that is a high quality video card, yet runs extremely quietly.

MSI GTX 460, GTX 560 Ti. It really depends on the cooler. If you want to be safe just stay below 560 Ti since card below don't produce a lot of heat.
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I would recommend Powercolor HD6850 SCS3 1GB.


It is about 15% slower than a GTX560 but it is completely noiseless as it employs a passive cooling system.

It costs US$200 here:-
http://www.amazon.com/PowerColor-DisplayPort-PCI-Express-AX6850-1GBD5-S3DH/dp/B0052EG044

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=PC-685_1GS&title=PowerColor-SCS3-ATI-Radeon-HD6850-1GB-DDR5-2DVI-HDMI-DisplayPort-PCI-Express-Video-Card-Dirt-3-Edition

Review here:-
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Powercolor/HD_6850_SCS3_Passive/1.html

A bit pricy, but you get passive cooling. Can't get quieter than that.
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I can attest to the quietness of the Asus DCII -

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121446


Paid $169.99 about a week ago A.R.


Even at about 40% fan speed, it's barely audible, and my mATX is inches away from my monitor and keyboard. with case fans running at about 30% their fan speed. If I ran my fans at full speed, I'd be willing to bet anything over 50% would be audible. However, anything over 40%, in it's current state, is slightly audible, though I only turn it up past 40% for benchmarking, and if I happen to be gaming for more than an hour or two.

Lastly, at 40%, and a 930c OC (current), in games I reach about 52c-54c on GPU load.
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I can attest to the quietness of the Asus DCII -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121446
Paid $169.99 about a week ago A.R.
Even at about 40% fan speed, it's barely audible, and my mATX is inches away from my monitor and keyboard. with case fans running at about 30% their fan speed. If I ran my fans at full speed, I'd be willing to bet anything over 50% would be audible. However, anything over 40%, in it's current state, is slightly audible, though I only turn it up past 40% for benchmarking, and if I happen to be gaming for more than an hour or two.
Lastly, at 40%, and a 930c OC (current), in games I reach about 52c-54c on GPU load.

I had one of these in the TI version and it was so loud. Yes 40% was quiet but it would get very hot under load and the fans had to be set at 70% to keep it cool. At that speed it sounded like a hair dryer. Maybe the regular 560 runs cooler or I just had a rotten egg, but it was bad.
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I had one of these in the TI version and it was so loud. Yes 40% was quiet but it would get very hot under load and the fans had to be set at 70% to keep it cool. At that speed it sounded like a hair dryer. Maybe the regular 560 runs cooler or I just had a rotten egg, but it was bad.

Could be I have a pretty low stock voltage, to which I'm still on, and still haven't hit a wall yet. I'm extremely pleased with this card.


One reason I went with the 560 over Ti, was lower load temps. I picked up my 560 for about $50 cheaper than any decent Ti's at the time, and the 560's are still a very respectable card for the price point "I" paid. smile.gif Couldn't justify $50 for like 5% greater performance, and higher load temps. Load temps are pretty important, considering whatever I get, will be in a mATX case, abet with very good cooling (3x120mm fans).
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This one
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161393

Why? It uses the same cooler HIS uses on the 6970 (below). This 6970 was already cool and quiet, but HIS just slapped the same cooler on a 6870. All the reviews say it's the coolest 6870 they've tested, and a review I read somewhere said it's nearly inaudible at idle and barely spins up under load... have to find it. The 6870 is already more power efficient than a 560, but this one is dead silent. It's rear exhaust on top of all that, too, and won't dump all that heat back into your case.

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