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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4GB Video Card Review

By: Shawn Baker | NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Sep 19, 2014 2:30 am
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: NVIDIA

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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Looking at the heat numbers, you can see the new GTX 980 4GB clearly sits in the top half of the graph here. 79c, though, for such a high-end card isn't bad, and you can see its number is similar to the reference GTX 780 3GB. With that said, I'm looking forward to seeing some aftermarket cooled options soon.

 

 

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 card are pretty strong sitting in the middle of the pack. Again, though, I'm looking forward to seeing how some of these aftermarket coolers go with the new NVIDIA GPU.

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