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ASUS Radeon HD 4870 TOP 512MB Graphics Card (Page 16)

By Shawn Baker from Aug 18, 2008 @ 23:00 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 88%Manufacturer: ASUS

Temperature Tests

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 temperate from there, as seen in the picture.

ASUS Radeon HD 4870 TOP 512MB Graphics Card

ASUS temperatures come in about 10% lower than the Sapphire card, which is interesting since both cards use the same cooler.

Sound Tests

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).

ASUS Radeon HD 4870 TOP 512MB Graphics Card

An extra dB on the ASUS offering, but nothing we'd be worried about.

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