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I am looking for a very powerful yet silent grafix card, I have a 7970 and its very loud at 50% and up fan speeds, suggestions please, money is not an issue
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You could swap the cooler for an aftermarket one.
    
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yes i could, but i mean how difficult is it truly? I am running a nice graphics card but I want more out of it. And I think its not the best.
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How difficult is what? Swapping the cooler for an aftermarket one? Not very difficult at all. Just takes some force to remove the screws the first time.
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post #5 of 22
I really can't stand a noisy computer either.

The only totally silent graphics cards I know of are water-cooled (expensive!) or passively cooled (generally not very fast--the fastest I found were Powercolor HD6850's) which weren't even fast enough for ultra detail on Skyrim.

The Asus DirectCUII triple-slot cards looked to have good factory heatsinks and a reputation for being quiet; I bought a GTX 680 DC2-OC because it uses less power than the 7970 version. It wasn't quite quiet enough for me, so I took off the Asus fans and fan shroud and attached two 100mm SilenX Effizio fans to the heatsinks with twist-ties.

It's not *totally* silent, but it's so quiet that my monitor backlight is louder when it's dimmed! I didn't even need to put the SilenX fans on the fan controllers that keep my case fans quiet.

GPU temps playing Far Cry 3 are about 60C max. I might even go SLI, now that I know how to keep the card quiet.
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post #6 of 22
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yeah i was looking at getting http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-DL-DVI-I-SL-DVI-D-PCI-Express-11197-05-40G/dp/B0098HW0H2/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=2P926OJKKAEHY&coliid=I34W1XY0D5L3BF I heard they are really quit compared to the XFX version I have. What would you recommend for ATI Crossfired?
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http://www.arctic.ac/en/p/cooling/vga.html anyone have any experice with these?
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post #8 of 22
I don't know what would be good for Crossfire. I'd probably just look for cards with really big heatsinks from the factory and plan to put quiet, controlled fans on 'em if I couldn't find specific recommendations.

Silence and speed are hard to find together; good luck.
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If you don't want to swap out the cooler on the 7970 you have then your best option is to go for a gigabyte windforce x3 cards (like a 7970 for example). The gigabytes aren't as good at overclocking as some other cards (duet to limited voltage control it I recall right) but what they lack in OC potentially the make up with cool dressing. The windforce x3 is a very cool and more importantly quiet cooler. Another advantage of the windforce x3 is that its a pure dual slot cooler making it especially well suited for crossfire.

However the stock fan profile is made more for cooling then silence so to get minimum noise the fan profile needs to be adjusted.

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For the card in a fully stressed status (in-game) 42 DBA, now that is audible yet not annoying. It means you can hear airflow, but that's it.

Now I do need to add a note here, up-to 60 degrees C the card remains very silent. Once it passes 60 Degrees C, the fans simply start spinning harder and thus start to make more noise.

If you'd be willing to let the card the run at say 70~75 Degrees C and if you grab software like AfterBurner, you can then make a fan profile making the card nearly silent while it remains very well cooled.

That's the flexibility you get with the WindForce cooler here.

http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/gigabyte_radeon_hd_7970_oc_windforce_review,9.html

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ok 2 questions

I have this card (THE LOUD ONE) http://www.amazon.com/XFX-Radeon-DisplayPort-PCI-Express-FX795ATDFC/dp/B00713RT62/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1361586126&sr=1-1&keywords=XFX+ATI+Radeon+HD7950

is this BETTER BY A LONG SHOT!?
http://www.amazon.com/Zotac-GeForce-Express-DisplayPort-ZT-60103-10P/dp/B007ZMTPN4/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=2P926OJKKAEHY&coliid=I2HNMVKWRS333V

then in comparison with that one what abotu this one vs the nvidia?
http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-DL-DVI-I-SL-DVI-D-PCI-Express-11197-05-40G/dp/B0098HW0H2/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=2P926OJKKAEHY&coliid=I34W1XY0D5L3BF
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