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Force3D Radeon HD 4870 Black Edition Graphics Card - Temperature & Sound Tests

We haven't seen anything from Force3D before, but the HD 4870 Black Edition from them today looks to be the goods.

| AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Sep 30, 2008 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 92%      Manufacturer: Force3D

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.

 

Force3D Radeon HD 4870 Black Edition Graphics Card

 

The new cooler helps keep temps way down by shaving a good 10c off the reference 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).

 

Zotac 9800 GTX+ Zone

 

The big shave in temperature does come at the cost of a few more dBs, but it's nothing we would be worried about.

 

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