Originally Posted by blackbalt89
Uhhhh. I was hardcore AMD until I saw what Nvidia was doing.
I had and swore by my 6870 until I laid my eyes and ears on the GTX 570.
So no, not a fanboy.
Have you heard 6950/70s? Have you heard the 570/80?
The fact that I can now have a semi-quiet system with one side over the other doesn't make me a fan boy. It makes me someone who seeks the best noise/performance ratio, not the best performance/ dollar.
Fact: My 6870 was louder and hotter than my GTX 570. So I went Nvidia. I simply follow what suits my needs.
I have owned nvidia and ati in the past and now. Noise is non-existant from them really, sometimes I have found some are louder than others but as far as I can tell the 6950 and 6970 sound practically the same as the 570 and 580. If they don't then you are doing something wrong with fan-profiles and/or case cooling
I know that the 6990 can get very loud under load, but most are being watercooled and when they are they start to even take on 580 SLI. If you wanted the best performance/noise aftermarket cooling is a must. For example my cooler's sound is almost non-existent until turned up to 100%, stock coolers just seem a poor way to judge cards IMO. I would rather have a card that's like $50 cheaper and just the PCB, and then spend the $50 and maybe some more on a better cooler. Because in the end the GTX580 is not based on how loud it is, its based on how well it performs.