Question MSI GTX 1660 Super Loud on Idle


Apr 18, 2013

I just got an MSI GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER VENTUS XS OC. It's been installed since yesterday and I noticed that it's considerably louder than my old GPU on idle.

My old GPU is an Asus R9 290 which are known to get loud under load but it's always been silent on idle.

After running MSI Afterburner on both cards I noticed that my new GPU runs at 41% fan speed by default. And it can't go any lower.

My R9 290 runs at 20% fan speed which probably explains why it's more quiet.

Now I don't think there's anything wrong with the card. I tried playing a couple games with it and the noise level is completely normal. But what bothers me is when it's on idle. I wish it could run a bit quieter.

So I was wondering if it would be worth returning the card and going with either an Asus, Gigabyte, Evga or Zotac instead.

Do any of you have a GTX 1660 Super from those other brands?

I read that some of them have a 0% fan speed mode when you're just browsing. Mine doesn't apparently. The default speed is 41% and it can't go any lower than that.

So my questions are,

Is it worth the hassle of returning my card?

Are the others models more quiet? If so, which one would be the best choice?

Thank you