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Interesting if you're picking one.

source

acoustic pressure


temperatures


power draw (load)


seems like the best noise/temp ratio are dual fan cards: MSI Gaming and EVGA ACX. The system with Evga ACX draws 60W less power than a system with Zotac Extreme and 40W less than a system with Strix, which proves to be almost as hot and noisy as the reference.
Edited by Klocek001 - 11/6/15 at 11:34am
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Seems like the MSI is the all around winner unless I'm missing something..
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As a 980Ti owner the best thing you can do is get one that doesn't have that awful electrical buzz in 3D mode. I have a reference card and it squeals so loud.
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post #4 of 39
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I'd say MSI and EVGA ACX both. They are far quieter but manage to keep the temperature results somwhere in the middle between the best and worst. They also don't exceed 400W of power draw, EVGA even manages to keep it around 350W.
I can tell you which is the clear loser here, and that is a huge disappointment cause it's one of the nicest looking ones.
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Originally Posted by dubldwn View Post

As a 980Ti owner the best thing you can do is get one that doesn't have that awful electrical buzz in 3D mode. I have a reference card and it squeals so loud.
I forgot I started this a while ago biggrin.gif
http://www.overclock.net/t/1571648/aftermarket-980ti-coil-whine-poll

I was a bit afraid when after owning 290 trix and 980 G1 I went on to buy a dual fan 980Ti (MSI Gaming) but I gotta say it's quieter than those two I mentioned in the whole rpm range. Both 3-fan coolers I mentioned were louder at 80% fan than MSI TwinFrozr is at 100%.
Edited by Klocek001 - 11/6/15 at 11:46am
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Palit with the sleeper... lower power draw than MSI, lower temperature than MSI/EVGA, and only slightly louder. Imagine it'd even out with a custom fan profile.
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Too bad Lightning wasn't in there. Quieter and cooler temps then any of those tested.
 
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The Zotac is the best.

It has the highest core speed out of the box. It boosts to 1415 core clock guaranteed out of the box.

That means you have the best chance to get a good ASIC chip because Zotac has to be binning the amp extreme in order to assure stability at that kind of speed.

It also runs the coolest and has the best backplate and heatsink setup of any of those cards listed. Only card that competes with heatsink setup is the lightning which is much more expensive. It costs over 100 dollars more and probably has poorer quality ASIC chips on average than the Zotac because of much lower core speed out of the box.

Only drawback of zotac is horrible coil whine/buzzing and its SUPER HEAVY. Probably the heaviest single GPU card ever made.

The reason the Zotac has such a high power draw is that unlike the rest of the cards, it already is overclocked to the moon. You really dont even need to overclock the card at all.
Edited by Lex Luger - 11/6/15 at 12:19pm
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Originally Posted by claes View Post

Palit with the sleeper... lower power draw than MSI, lower temperature than MSI/EVGA, and only slightly louder. Imagine it'd even out with a custom fan profile.
yeah and it looks pretty cool as well. G1 runs noticeably louder while being only 4 degrees cooler (or less hot)
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The Zotac is the best.

It has the highest core speed out of the box. It boosts to 1415 core clock guaranteed out of the box.

That means you have the best chance to get a good ASIC chip because Zotac has to be binning the amp extreme in order to assure stability at that kind of speed.

It also runs the coolest and has the best backplate and heatsink setup of any of those cards listed. Only card that competes with heatsink setup is the lightning which is much more expensive and much harder to find.

Only drawback of zotac is horrible coil whine/buzzing and its SUPER HEAVY. Probably the heaviest single GPU card ever made.
and asic doesn't work that way. I had 980 G1 with 74% asic and it got poorer oc results than people here on OCN got on 66% asic ones. Zotac also has 60W more power consumption than EVGA, so I guess they're delivering more power to the GPU, that's why it boosts higher. Binning chips is very questionable and controversial to say the least.
I agree Zotac's card is impressive, but that 7 degrees difference in temperatures comes at approx. 25% more noise.
If I was to pick one accoring to this test it'd be
1)EVGA
2)MSI/Palit
Edited by Klocek001 - 11/6/15 at 12:24pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Lex Luger View Post

The Zotac is the best.

It has the highest core speed out of the box. It boosts to 1415 core clock guaranteed out of the box.

That means you have the best chance to get a good ASIC chip because Zotac has to be binning the amp extreme in order to assure stability at that kind of speed.

It also runs the coolest and has the best backplate and heatsink setup of any of those cards listed. Only card that competes with heatsink setup is the lightning which is much more expensive and much harder to find.

Only drawback of zotac is horrible coil whine/buzzing and its SUPER HEAVY. Probably the heaviest single GPU card ever made.

I've yet to see any reference 980Ti that couldn't boost to 1415 with stability. Its when you get to about 1480+ that the non-reference cards begin to shine.
 
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