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GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 280 Graphics Card - Temperature and Sound Tests

The GTX 280 price continues to fall, so we take the time today to look at a stock clocked model from GIGABYTE.

| NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Aug 18, 2008 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 91%      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 280 Graphics Card

 

Temps on the GTX 280 are considerably better than the GX2 with the GIGABYTE one coming in a little cooler than the ZOTAC.

 

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 280 Graphics Card

 

The noise level between the two GTX 280s is identical. They both come in a little lower under load when compared to the GX2 and considerably quieter than the 9800 GTX.

 

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