- Sep 25, 2013
- Asus RoG Maximus VI Gene
- Intel i5 4670k
- Sapphire R9 290
- Classic Mac
- Mobile Phone
are you saying that it always runs at full speed? I know that sounds like a retarded question, perhaps it is, but I did not realize if thats the case. this would mean that the fans would be 100%, 100% of the time power is on... ? w/ pro tools that would be a serious issue - unusable
Oh no, no, that's definitely not what I mean
In normal operation on the Mac this card is very quiet, and the card fans are very low. In fact well below 20%, but in my case - it's still far louder than any other component of my machine. I've got the new Corsair RM series power supply - that thing doesn't even bother to kick in with its fan, the CPU is watercooled with an H80i, and the fans are whisper quiet... and then there is the R9
Here is a Tom's Hardware test of what the different cards sound like on full load (includes your chosen Toxic), just watch the videos:
Don't be fooled into thinking that they will sound like this all the time, or at all in your particular machine, this is a lab test. Nonetheless all things being relative, here you can compare under the same circumstances different cards. Personally I think that HIS and Asus are closely followed by MSI (before BIOS update) or Club3D.
The load on the card is how much demand for the processing there is, if the card has to go high, it will also get very hot very quickly. I'd say at around 70Celsius you'll be hitting 40% of the card fan speed, which is already pretty loud, at 80 degrees it would probably go to 50%, and you don't really want your card to go above 85, so there would be an exponential increase of speed above that temperature and with that, noise.