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GIGABYTE Radeon R9 280 WINDFORCE 3GB OC Video Card Review

By: Shawn Baker | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Aug 12, 2014 2:15 am
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

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.




Clearly, the WINDFORCE cooler does a great job, with the core temperature of our GIGABYTE R9 280 WINDFORCE 3GB OC sitting towards the bottom of the pack, exactly where you want to be in a test like this.



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).




Noise levels aren't too bad and are sitting towards the middle of the pack. There's no denying that GIGABYTE could've made the card a little quitter if they wanted, and in turn, made it run a little warmer. Overall, though, the numbers from this cooler are strong.

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