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GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 260 Graphics Card - Temperature and Sound Tests

If you want to get in on the GTX bandwagon but still find the 280 too expensive, the GIGABYTE 260 might be your answer.

| NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Aug 13, 2008 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

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.

 

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 260 Graphics Card

 

The GIGABYTE GTX 260 comes in as one of the coolest cards, but the difference between the lot is only a small 4c.

 

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).

 

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 260 Graphics Card

 

Noise levels between most of the new cards are quite similar with the older 9800 GTX being the loudest.

 

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