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ASUS Radeon EAH3850 TOP Graphics Card - Temperature and Sound Tests

THE HD 3850 is sitting in the shadows a bit. We look to see if it's deserving of more credit with an O/C'ed ASUS model.

| AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Dec 18, 2007 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: ASUS

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 bigger fan on the 3850 along with lower clockspeeds brings the card temperature considerably down when compared to the two higher end offerings.

 

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).

 

 

We can also see the bigger fan helps keep the noise down which is something NVIDIA should have done.

 

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