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MSI GeForce GTX 280 OC Graphics Card - Temperature and Sound Tests

MSI have got their hands on the GTX 280 and decide to give it a bump in core and memory speed. We see how it goes.

| NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Aug 8, 2008 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: MSI

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.

 

MSI GeForce GTX 280 OC Graphics Card

 

Temperatures between the single GPU cards are less then 1c. The dual GPU 9800 GX2 sits considerably warmer.

 

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).

 

MSI GeForce GTX 280 OC Graphics Card

 

Noise levels between the top three cards are very similar with the 9800 GTX making the most noise.

 

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