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If this level of performance is not satisfactory, you'll have to wait for the next generation of graphics cards for something better to come along, at least if you're determined to stick with a single GPU configuration. Adding an additional GPU (or more) means the budget motherboard and power supply options are out of the question, and the increased power draw has tremendous ramifications on the noise level. It would be impossible to maintain the same noise output on load as our build without employing some serious cooling. Liquid cooling would likely be necessary which means having to deal with a noisy pump or two, spoiling the superb idle acoustics. Our system produced just 14 dBA@1m when not being taxed, with fans running at minimum speed. The 23 dBA@1m attained during the gaming tests is not as low as some of our previous guides, but this configuration is substantially more powerful and it's still very quiet, at least by gamer standards. Also, the type of sound it emits is inconspicuous, such that background music being played at a moderate volume is enough to cover it up completely, which is as good as one can hope for with any gaming PC.

Thought this was interesting (makes me rethink building around 4k), curious what others think! thumb.gif
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Sounds like political speak and advertising hype. As to how true it is I have no idea.
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...did you read the article? Do you distrust SPCR?
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This is directly from the article....and makes absolutely no sense:
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— Idle, all fans at minimum speed (14 dBA@1m)
— Resident Evil 6 Demo Benchmark (peak), CPU/rear fans at 700 RPM, front fans at 650 RPM, GPU fans at 1680 RPM (23 dBA@1m)
— Total War: Attila In-Game Benchmark (background music/score), CPU/rear fans at 700 RPM, front fans at 650 RPM, GPU fans at 1680 RPM (31~37 dBA@1m)

According to that, with all fans at identical speeds, the noise level of the system changes depending on what game you are playing. rolleyes.gif
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I read what you quoted and said what I think of it.
That kind of writing throws up all kinds of warning signals. While in this case I do not know if those warning are accurate or not, I tend to follow the old saying, "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is too good to be true.

Simple as that.
Edited by doyll - 2/3/16 at 2:21pm
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I read what you quoted and said what I think of it.
That kind of writing throws up all kinds of warning signals. While in this case I do not know if those warning are accurate or not, I tend to follow the old saying, "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is too good to be true.

Simple as that.

My thoughts exactly.
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This is directly from the article....and makes absolutely no sense:
According to that, with all fans at identical speeds, the noise level of the system changes depending on what game you are playing. rolleyes.gif
When I see dBA of less 20dBA at 1 meter big red lights flash. Very few people have access to enviroments quieter than 25-30dBA, and it is very hard to monitor noises at or below ambient.
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I read the article and this section quoted:
— Idle, all fans at minimum speed (14 dBA@1m)
— Resident Evil 6 Demo Benchmark (peak), CPU/rear fans at 700 RPM, front fans at 650 RPM, GPU fans at 1680 RPM (23 dBA@1m)
— Total War: Attila In-Game Benchmark (background music/score), CPU/rear fans at 700 RPM, front fans at 650 RPM, GPU fans at 1680 RPM (31~37 dBA@1m)

seems to be a typo. I've asked for clarification.
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I read the article and this section quoted:
— Idle, all fans at minimum speed (14 dBA@1m)
— Resident Evil 6 Demo Benchmark (peak), CPU/rear fans at 700 RPM, front fans at 650 RPM, GPU fans at 1680 RPM (23 dBA@1m)
— Total War: Attila In-Game Benchmark (background music/score), CPU/rear fans at 700 RPM, front fans at 650 RPM, GPU fans at 1680 RPM (31~37 dBA@1m)

seems to be a typo. I've asked for clarification.
'A' typo ??? Way more than a single 'typo'. Looks like whole sentences were typed wrong.

If the tester and reviewer and their proofing staff make that big a mistake in the writing and editing, how many similar mistakes are possible in the actual testing?

Credibility is not easy to achieve .. and even harder to regain when errors are made. wink.gif.
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When I see dBA of less 20dBA at 1 meter big red lights flash. Very few people have access to enviroments quieter than 25-30dBA, and it is very hard to monitor noises at or below ambient.

SPCR is one of the few that have access to an isolated anechoic chamber that has an ambient noise floor of 11dBA. And they have the low noise gear (mics/pres/meters) to verify it.

My only issue is that noise measurements in an anechoic chamber are the best of the best case. The reflective and resonant rooms that most enthusiasts are confined to not only have much higher noise floors (and just higher floors with lower ceilings), but can boost sound levels 3-10dB due to boundary effects and poor decor choices.
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