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4890 Heat and Noise?

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    Thinking about getting a Sapphire HD 4890 and i would like to know how hot does it get when gaming and how loud, i hear the 4890's are pretty loud and my CPU fan is already loud when gaming so i don't really want a whole lot of noise going on.

    Going to be doing tons of gaming and i don't want it to burn up while sounding like a jet.

    So how bad is it?
     
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    The reference cooler is loud and no different from the 4870. I would go with the VaporX or Toxic versions. They make little noise and cool the card very well.
     
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    Sapphire reference cooler huh.
    - Heat: I remember temps being around 90c while under load (furmark), never above 100c.
    - Noise: More than audible. At 100% fan speed, you want to tether your rig. But its definately disturbing. I was glad once the water blocks were mounted.

    It won't melt, but it will blast everything away, so do as erocker said, the reference ones will just bug you.
     
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    Nice info guys.:toast:
     
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    Depends on a few variables. If your case has good ventilation, then it won't need to spin the fan up past 30-40% very often when on auto-control, so in that case it is very quiet.

    In my particular situation, I can not hear it over two 1850rpm scythe gentle typhoons running full speed, they actually drown it out. I am a quiet-pc type and those are the only two fans in my system. My cpu runs full passive.

    Frankly it is exactly the same noise level as the 4870's I've owned, I know people have measured different but I find them to be the same. It also cools a little better with lower fan speed due to the extra heatpipe.


    I would go for a non-ref cooler if you can, but don't spend big bucks on what is a non-issue IMO.
     
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    I Have a pair of Vapor-X 4890s and they run very quiet. Temps range from 55c avg at idle and i think 72c-75c at load while gaming.
    I read a ton of reviews before deciding on the Vapor-X because i had a pair of 4870s with the stock leaf blower and couldnt stand that noise again.
    Hope that helps.
     
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    Damn, i can't get the Toxic edition cause it uses an eight pin. Probably going to go with the Vapor-X.
     
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    I have two Saphhire 4890 reference in CF and they are LOUD! Definitely plan for a 3rd party cooler if you want to buy these (or go for the toxic edition). I find unbearable if the fan settings turned up more than 30%.
     
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    As to heat... Compared to the Nvidia cards they make a lot of heat...I have a pair of 4870s with both the VaporX and Toxic coolers, both are quiet but they make a LOT of heat...(not just a bit more but a LOT)
    Make sure you have very good airflow in your case.

    If I had a 20" or smaller monitor I would get the GTS 250 instead.
     
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    Thanks for the info.:)
     
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    Guess imma go Nvidia.
     
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    I loved my 9600GTs (in SLI) they kicked butt and ran in the 20-30C range. I tried the 9800GTX+s and the GTS 250s and they were a pretty good jump of perf over the 9600GTs.

    I liked how some of the 250s are the same size as the 9600 (length) and only use 1 six pin power plug.
     
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    I own a vapor X that was very quiet, I also own a ASUS which has the worste stock cooling I have ever seen. The vapor X idles around 32 c the ASUS around 82! I took apart the ASUS and the thermal paste was rock hard and worthless. Added some quality compound and now it idles at 57. So just a FYI sometimes its an easy fix, my fan is now set at 45 percent and decently quiet.
     
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    ATI cards run hot because of the PCB, it runs really hot, even tho both nvidia and ati will say 55c on idle, put your hand on the pcb, or behind your case and feel the difference, the ati card really puts out enough heat to keep a small room heated in the winter.
     
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    It's the VRMs that make them hot if you can keep those cool you be doing real good :). There's a few companys getting on the sales of the 4890 and making 3rd party coolers now just that they need to do good VRM heatsinks for them now.

    Other solution is to water cool them.
     

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