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ASUS Radeon HD 4870 TOP 512MB Graphics Card - Temperature and Sound Tests

The latest card to fall in under the TOP line-up from ASUS is the HD 4870. We have a look at it today.

| AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Aug 19, 2008 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 88%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.

 

ASUS Radeon HD 4870 TOP 512MB Graphics Card

 

ASUS temperatures come in about 10% lower than the Sapphire card, which is interesting since both cards use the same cooler.

 

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).

 

ASUS Radeon HD 4870 TOP 512MB Graphics Card

 

An extra dB on the ASUS offering, but nothing we'd be worried about.

 

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