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The 6990 is 12.7db away from being OSHA regulated

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Let me start with Im very envious of anyone that can afford this and would love to have one. As i was reading through the anandtech review I noticed at stock speeds full load they measured 70.2 db! and 77.3 db OC'd! thats only 12.7db away from being OSHA regulated in the work place! (90db continuous being the minimum)

Im not knocking the card, it kicks ass clearly. Just amazed how loud it is for a consumer level product. I guess it has to be to dissipate 375-500w of heat in such a small area. But I suppose they figure the target market doesnt really care about noise, just raw performance.

I hope anyone who gets one already is on water

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http://www.anandtech.com/show/4209/a...e-card-king/18
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post #2 of 10
375-500 watts of heat?

This isn't a GTX480 X2.

And it doesn't peak 40% fanspeed on auto


Sorry, thought you meant 6970.
Edited by SpeedNuggeT - 3/8/11 at 12:52am
post #3 of 10
Anyone who buys 6990 and doesn't buy a waterblock for it must be really stupid. No one really cares about the dB : / Getting one + waterblock as soon as it comes out.
Edited by Lune - 3/8/11 at 12:56am
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post #4 of 10
Do you realize that 12db is actually a lot?
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Decibels (in relation to noise) increases aren't linear, are they? So while it seems fairly close, there is actually quite a bit of difference in how loud the card is and what would need to be regulated.
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That's quite amusing.

Although to be fair, from a science standpoint, 10dB differenec is about twice the perceived loudness. So while 70dB is ridiculously loud to be sitting next to all day, it's still quite far away from 90dB
Edited by ocpokey - 3/8/11 at 12:51am
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I know 12db is A LOT especially once you're close to 100. I competed in DBdrag car audio for a little bit so i know you need to double power or speaker area for every 3db or so. But still...

Also the 375-500w is from the review as well. I dont remember what page but its in there.

I know its a bog leap to 90, but still i think its funny that a graphics card is that loud

Edit:
Here the power quote from the site. Its on the same page half way up:
"Do keep in mind though that at this point we’re dissipating 400W+ off of a single card, which will have repercussions."
Edited by MCImes - 3/8/11 at 12:55am
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Damn, that ~75dB rivals my 470 SLI.

That's one loud single card.
    
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It's gonna be a jet engine inside your case.
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if you want the performance you shouldnt mind the sound.....i like to hear the fans on the grafix cards rampp up...means they are working hard as they should be lol....

but i agree with Lune buy 6990 and a waterblock....if your buying that card you know you can afford it lol
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