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ASUS GeForce GTX 970 4GB STRIX OC Video Card Review (Page 15)

By Shawn Baker from Oct 29, 2014 @ 16:05 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: ASUS

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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In comparison to the reference R9 290X 4GB cooler, you can see the ASUS STRIX DirectCU II unit does a fantastic job of keeping the numbers under control. While the idle numbers are similar, you can see the load numbers are a solid 14c cooler.

Sound Test

Pulling out the TES 1350A Sound Level Meter, we quickly find ourselves 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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What's even better is that the lower load numbers come in with less noise. As for the idle noise levels, the card fortunately doesn't output any noise since the fans do not need to spin.

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