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 temperature from there, as seen in the picture.
Both the passive cooled cards are quite warm while the active cooled ones offer a comfortable temperature.
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).
With the passive cards not emitting out any noise it was time to simply look at the two active cooled cards. We can see that the HD 2600 XT fan from Sapphire offers a little more noise compared to the one on offer from MSI.
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