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How loud is the reference HD 6950?

I have a reference HD 5850 at the moment and its really loud. I want to know if its just the 5850 which is really loud or if all reference ATI cards are this loud.

Could anyone compare the 6950's loudness to the HD 5850 and/or other parts of their system? Is it the loudest piece of hardware in your rig?
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post #2 of 31
I am told it is slightly better than the 6870.

For reference, the 6870 is comparable to a jet engine. Hence the reason I got an aftermarket cooler.
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6950 with the fan at 100% is a freaking jumbo jet. However, 40-50% it's not really making a lot of sound, my case fans completely drowns the sound from it.
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post #4 of 31
My rig is pretty silent all together, and at idle my cards are dead silent silent. They do kick up to a small hum when I have multi monitor enabled.

When I'm gaming on a single it gets to a moderate, but plausible sound, sort of that to the 5850 but a tad quieter. (from what i remember)

Eyefinity gaming can be unbearable, unless you have the speakers up or headphones they will sound like a blow dryer on hi.
post #5 of 31
If it's anywhere near the volume of the 6870 I would say pretty damn loud.

The 6870 was my first rigs video card and I was so excited to get it in my computer and the fan got so load under gaming loads that I couldn't take it anymore. This is not an over exaggeration, it was simply too loud. Easily a few times louder than my cases loudest fan, a CoolerMaster R4. Yes, that loud.

Got my 570 and now all is well even up until like 75% fan.
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post #6 of 31
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The cheapest reference 570 is $100 more expensive than the reference 6950 and I'm not sure if its worth it just for a more silent card.

It seems ATI cards don't really have much options for non-reference cards except for the Twin Frozr (which can't unlock).

Does anyone have any good recommendations for an aftermarket cooler for the HD 6950?

Also, should I get the PowerColor or the HIS 6950? The HIS costs $10 more but its customer service is arguably better.
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post #7 of 31
have had both the asus reference 5850s and a asus 6950.... the noise is not much more...actually 6950 is a little quieter...but i always jack up the fan to 50-55% to keep things cool for my gpu even when surfing...
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How do I do it?

Does my rig have to have a fan controller to adjust GPU fan speeds? If so, what's a good fan controller for an Antec 900 two? I have no knowledge on them. =X
Edited by Idra - 2/17/11 at 8:32pm
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post #9 of 31
Lol, the GPU fan is independant and got nothing to do with your case. You can use programs to adjust your GPU fan speed. MSI Afterburner for example.
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Does MSI afterburner work for non-MSI cards?

And was it intended to do so?
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