Originally Posted by Redwoodz
First of all,who says the Asus is quieter and cooler? Second of all,even if it is,it takes up 3 slots.Lastly,in serious benching the coolers come off and a waterblock or LN2 pot is installed.As I also mentioned,the Asus has been out longer,so more people have had a chance to tweak them.The MSI just came out,so we really don't know how well they will compare on average.The Asus has been proven to hit 1400+ core speeds.
says that the DCII is one of the quietest cards on the market right now but of course they haven't done a review of the lightning yet so doesn't mean too much. I am basing my guesstimate that the DCII will be quieter on both my experience with my DCII 570, and reviews such as the TPU one linked above that show just how quiet it is, and basing the noise levels of the lightning mostly on this video review of it where you can hear it running. That fact alone (that you can hear it running) makes me fairly confident in saying the DCII is quieter, I actually would say it's not just quieter but significantly quieter. The reviewer in the video does also mention that it isn't exactly quiet, all that and also the basic physics of it, the Asus has more space to dissipate the heat in, it's aluminum fins take up a whole slot of their own, with the fans then on top of them, on the MSI the fins have to be hollowed out to make room for the fans.
EDIT: Also how about this, the Asus 580 is 30 db according to TPU whereas the 6970 Lightning
(same cooler but on a cooler, less power hungry card) is 33db. Temps between the two cards are 1 degree advantage to the MSI (71 Asus, 70 MSI) but again thats comparing apples to oranges because the 6970 is a less power hungry card and the Asus still wins. TPU also mention about the Lightning
that "Temperatures are low in all tests, given the increased fan noise under load I think a better choice would have been a few Â°C more under load and less fan noise." whereas for the DCII
they mention "Even though the card is super quiet, temperatures are still low. This means that there should be decent headroom for heavy overclocking with voltage increase or fan speed reduction for less noise." If that doesn't prove how quiet it is I don't know what will but I'm telling you based on my firsthand experience with it, the darn thing is silent.
Originally Posted by Chris Ihao
... my worries were levitated...
Your worries began to fly?!?!? Edited by juano - 4/18/11 at 7:57pm