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PowerColor Radeon HD 4830 Graphics Card - Temperature and Sound Tests

ATI pricing has become very aggressive over the past few months. Today we focus our attention on what could well be a top choice for budget gamers.

| AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Feb 24, 2009 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 84%Manufacturer: PowerColor

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.

 

PowerColor HD 4830 Graphics Card

 

Even though the HIS HD 4850 has a very fancy aftermarket cooler, its temps are only slightly better than the HD 4830 cooling solution that PowerColor offers.

 

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).

 

PowerColor HD 4830 Graphics Card

 

Noise levels are pretty good with it lining up nicely with the aftermarket cooling option on the HD 4850.

 

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