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NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX Early Test! - Temperature and Sound Tests

Shane is back in action again with an early look article at NVIDIA's single GPU GeForce 9800 GTX 512MB graphics card.

| NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Mar 25, 2008 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.

 

 

The large cooler manages to do a good job of keeping the card temperature down with it coming below all cards including the 8800GT.

 

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).

 

 

Unfortunately this lower temperature comes at the cost of extra dB at both idle and load.

 

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