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ZOTAC GeForce 9800 GTX+ ZONE Edition Graphics Card - Temperature and Sound Tests

ZOTAC strap some water cooling to the 9800 GTX+ and bring the card under its ZONE naming scheme.

| NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Sep 5, 2008 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 91%      Manufacturer: ZOTAC

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.

 

ZOTAC GeForce 9800 GTX+ ZONE Edition Graphics Card

 

This is where the ZONE side of the card comes in and we can see the water cooling gives us quite a significant drop in temperature.

 

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).

 

ZOTAC GeForce 9800 GTX+ ZONE Edition Graphics Card

 

The drop in temperature doesn't come at the cost of more sound either, with the 9800 GTX+ ZONE Edition being extremely quiet and is the only card under 60dB.

 

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