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).
Being such a large cooler, I probably expected the card to be running a bit cooler. Instead, though, ASUS have opted for noise and you can see this is an extremely quiet GTX 580. Hell, it's an extremely quiet card period coming in at just over 57dB.
When you consider the amount of performance that we're getting from the card, this is an unreal noise level. The fact that it's so quiet is the main reason that when on Auto, we couldn't overclock as high as some of our other GTX 580s we've looked at.
Something worth noting here is that when on 100% fan speed, we measured noise levels of around the 75dB to 76dB mark. Sure, that's loud, but considering the Lightning Xtreme does 72.8dB on Auto, it makes a difference when it comes to finding the maximum overclock.
If we take our MATRIX to similar noise levels, we were able to get the core up higher to 970MHz and the memory to 5100MHz QDR. If you're happy to have the noise, the option is there to crank the fan speed up and get more MHz.
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- Page 1 [Introduction and Package]
- Page 2 [The Card]
- Page 3 [Specifications and Overclocking]
- Page 4 [Test System Setup and 3DMark 11]
- Page 5 [3DMark Vantage]
- Page 6 [Unigine Heaven Benchmark]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - Resident Evil 5]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. 2]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - Mafia II]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - Lost Planet 2]
- Page 11 [Benchmarks - Aliens vs. Predator]
- Page 12 [Benchmarks - Street Fighter IV]
- Page 13 [Benchmarks - Far Cry 2]
- Page 14 [Benchmarks - Batman Arkham Asylum]
- Page 15 [Benchmarks - High Quality AA and AF]
- Page 16 [Benchmarks - PhysX Tests]
- Page 17 [Temperature Test]
- Page 18 [Sound Test]
- Page 19 [Power Consumption Tests]
- Page 20 [Total Performance Rating (TPR)]
- Page 21 [Final Thoughts]
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