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Sapphire Radeon HD 4890 ATOMIC Graphics Card - Temperature and Sound Tests

Sapphire ramps up the clocks of the HD 4890 and also straps a new cooler on for good measure. Can it stand out from the pack?

| AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Jul 6, 2009 12:06 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: Sapphire

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.

 

Sapphire HD 4890 ATOMIC Graphics Card

 

As far as temperatures go there isn't much at all between the two cards.

 

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).

 

Sapphire HD 4890 ATOMIC Graphics Card

 

What we do see here is that the cooler is able to offer those temperatures at a lower noise level which is great.

 

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