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NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 680 (Kepler) 2GB Reference Card Video Card Review (Page 16)

By: Shawn Baker from Mar 22, 2012 @ 2:45 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 96%Manufacturer: NVIDIA

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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One of the main reasons that the card is probably running a bit warmer, though, is because the fan profile seems to be aimed at noise levels more than temperature. You can see looking above that overall the card runs pretty quiet under load with little difference being seen between the idle and load numbers.

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