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AMD Radeon R9 295X2 8GB Reference Dual GPU Video Card Review - Temperature & Sound Testing

AMD Radeon R9 295X2 8GB Reference Dual GPU Video Card Review
They say it's going to be fast, but there's only one way to find out. Let's test the dual GPU, water cooled beast that is called the Radeon R9 295X2 8GB. (NYSE:AMD)
| AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Apr 8, 2014 12:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: AMD

Temperature Test

 

 

The temperature of the core is pulled from MSI Afterburner with the max reading used after a completed run of 3DMark Vantage at the Performance preset.

 

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When it comes to heat levels, you can see the card sits in the bottom half of the graph with a load temperature of 61c on the hottest core. This is great as AMD seemed comfortable with its cards coming in at 90c+.

 

We'd be disappointed if the custom AIO water cooling setup put the card at heat levels that high. The Asetek unit that AMD has decided on, though, clearly works well.

 

 

Sound Test

 

 

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).

 

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Noise levels on the other hand are clearly in the northern section of the graph. 66.1dB at load is a good chunk away from the loudest setups, but it's also a very audible number.

 

Still, we're not really complaining with the power of this card and the overall core temperatures that we saw just above.

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