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How loud is the reference cooler of the 6950?

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All the GPUs I've used in the past have had those propeller fans in the middle. Just wondering if this will be significantly louder compared to, say, my 460.
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If a 6870 is like a 6950 fan, then they are loud. They are like an airplane compared to a 460 (except EE).
post #3 of 10
all relative.

it's not that loud if you want temps between 70-80C. if you want high oc clocks, you better keep it very cool. the cards don't like warm temps.
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Hard to say, all I can reliably say is that mine is cooler than my 4890 was.

Its funny, I remember back when I had my G92 8800GTS I would never have imagined that I would run ATI cards the next two generations.
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Mine are fairly silent at %40, temps are under 80C under load too.
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You start to hear them at around 40-50%, once you get past 60% prepare for some noise.
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So loud that ATi decided that 90-93c is what the stock fan should be set to (I'm not joking).

You can't really hear it at ~50%, but 60+ and you've got an airplane flying overhead.
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Originally Posted by Darkknight512 View Post
You start to hear them at around 40-50%, once you get past 60% prepare for some noise.
This is the way my 5770 (blower-style) is too.

Above 55-60%.. wow. Hope you use headphones/or have nerves of steel. It drives me crazy. I'll never own another blower-style GPU again.

OP: I'd look for a non-reference 6950 if I were you.
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post #9 of 10
At 50%, it's as loud as my GTX 465 was at 75%. In the 40% range it's not too bad and does an adequate enough job of keeping the card cool. So far I haven't had temps above 68C.
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post #10 of 10
Quietness is subjective. Personally I find my Samsung F3 drives intolerably loud and will be replacing with an ssd+5400rpm next week. The 6950 at idle is on par with those drives imo, which is also why mine now has a shaman on it. If you find your F3 drive acceptable then a 6950 will be too.
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