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).
While the fan might be small, the good news is that it's not loud. The idle and load numbers are good. NVIDIA could have clearly made the card run louder and cooler if they wanted.
We feel that they've found a good balance here, though. We're more looking forward to seeing what companies like MSI and ASUS do with the cooler.