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Hi guys. I got myself a gigabyte windforce (three fans-very nice card) 7870 and after using it for some time I have some concerns.

While temps are TREMENDOUS. 30 at idle and 60 under heavy load is incredible.

But the noise is staggering. According to ccc, fans are running 40% on desktop which is already quite loud. But when I only start a game, they go sky high. Not sure how many %, because whenever I alt-tab back to ccc, it goes down without graphics. Also. fans are even faster before pc fully boot. Seems like the only thing controlling the fans are windows drivers.

But I would say good 60%.

When I turned it to 100% in ccc (just for testing), it almost exploded! It was a starting jet engine in my case.


this is directly from hardocp review:
"At standard settings, the fans were not audibly noticeable and when increased to 100%, they were audible but not annoying."

other reviews also praised the windforce.



so my question is: Are cards really this loud recently, that this is considered quiet? it doesn't sound broken at all. It is just loud. Is there a Bios or something to make it run slower or do I (should I) need to make my own speed profiles in ccc or msi afterburn.


What are the highest acceptable temps for these 7870 cards?
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Yeah they are loud when you go 60% and over. I have several Windorce Cooler cards and they are all the same, very loud when left on their own.
Custom profile seems to help a lot. I have them running @ 30% up to 50c then jump to 50% @ 51c and they top out @ 60% at 70c. If they reach 80c, the fans go up to 70% but it never happened yet.
GPUs can take a lot of abuse, so anything beloe 80c is ok.
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oh ok so thats all normal ?
I will get a better chassis soon like fractal 3000. My current case don't have ANY fans
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oh ok so thats all normal ?
I will get a better chassis soon like fractal 3000. My current case don't have ANY fans

your case doesn't have any fans. man thats very dangerous. you need good air flow and case cooling . the hot air needs to be exhausted out of the case otherwise the ambient temps will build up rapidly. all the components will heat up and thats the reason your card is requiring to run at a very high fan speeds and is very loud. setup the fractal 3000 fast.
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Yeah I will. I am also open to any cases suggestions. I just don't want doors, case can't be wider than 230mm and dust filters are nice.
So fractal 3000 seems the ebst chooice?

What cooling for cpu? Those closed loops are quite a bit expensive. Mahco hr-02 is cheaper but its so big It seems dangerous lol.
maybe arctic freezer 13 or i30 ?
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Yeah I will. I am also open to any cases suggestions. I just don't want doors, case can't be wider than 230mm and dust filters are nice.
So fractal 3000 seems the ebst chooice?
What cooling for cpu? Those closed loops are quite a bit expensive. Mahco hr-02 is cheaper but its so big It seems dangerous lol.
maybe arctic freezer 13 or i30 ?

Gigabyte HD 7870 is 28cm long (11.02 inches)

http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4154#sp

the fractal 3000 seems to only support graphics cards with 27cm length when the removable HDD bay is in place.

http://www.fractal-design.com/?view=product&prod=60

i recommend getting a ANTEC 302 . supports graphics cards upto 12.5 inches length (31.75 cm) . spacious with good cooling. tool-less 5.25 inch bays. 2 USB 3.0 ports in front panel. a 120mm rear fan and a 140mm top fan included . provision to add 2 front 120mm fans and a side 120mm fan.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5462/antec-three-hundred-two-stay-cool-budget-enthusiasts

http://www.gral.pl/Antec%2BThree%2BHundred%2BTwo%2BUSB%2B3%2B0_206.html&usg=ALkJrhi95xVVES_kIJvdi-O7hO3dl8n4Ew
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i put the funs down to %20 in msi afterburner and made a custom fan speed graph thingy.
also just bvuy some funs okish ones are like only $10each
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Guyz,

I want to buy Gigabyte 7870 as well... but am really not sure abt its length.

Some ppl says in reviews tht its length is around 10.5"... whereas official site says around 11"...

Plz any of you can remove your card and measure it exactly for me ? (Length including copper bolt at the end of the card)

PS: My cabinet is having space of 10.75"
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