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ASUS 2900 XT and 8800 Ultra Compared - Temperature and Sound Tests

By: Shawn Baker | Editorials in Video Cards | Posted: Jun 25, 2007 4:00 am

Temperature Tests



With the TES 1326 Infrared Thermometer literally in hand we found ourselves getting real-world temperatures from the products we test at load (3D clock speeds).


There are two places we pull temperature from - the back of the card directly behind the core and if the card is dual slot and has an exhaust point we also pull a temperate from there, as seen in the picture.



We again see the same effect of the HD 2900 XT pumping out plenty of hot air.


Sound Tests



Pulling out the TES 1350A Sound Level Meter we find ourselves quickly yelling into the top of it to see how loud we can be.


After five minutes of that we get a bit more serious and place the device two CM away from the fan on the card to find the maximum noise level of the card when idle (2D mode) and in load (3D mode).



The Ultra is much quieter than the competition with the HD 2900 XT being much louder at both idle and full load.


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