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Among the high-end cards, which are quietest?

By high-end I would include fx5900se, fx5900 stock, fx5900 ultra, 9800 pro, and 9800xt.

Also, are any of these cards loud enough to be annoying? I don't mean annoying like the old 5800 ultra, but annoying in that you might have trouble hearing a game or movie without extra volume. For example, I've heard EVGA makes a fx5900 ultra that is overclocked out of the box, but it is pretty loud (performance is reported to kick ass, though).
 
The Quietest High end Card out of the BOX, a <A HREF="http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/video/display/20031121191248.html" target="_new">SAPPHIRE R9800XT Ultimate Edition</A>. It uses a passive cooling Heatpipe. Can be used WITH or WITHOUT the Giant but quiet cooling fan.

There is a whole line of Sapphire U.E.s (R9800Pro, R9700Pro, R9600Pro)

BTW, the NEW R9800XT supposedly is slightly louder than the FX5950, but the difference is very minimal. <A HREF="http://www.tecnation.co.uk/article.php?id=51&page=7" target="_new">Videos with sound in a review</A>. They are both far from quiet.

Best bet is the U.E. for a quiet card, but you do pay a bit of a premium. A wise choice, an R9800PRO U.E. it's just about as good as the XT and cheaper. You would lose the Thermal Monitoring though, which would be handy.


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The 9800 Pro using that sink is likely to run cooler than the 9800XT and therefor less likely to NEED the "optional" fan.

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True, but it doesn't sound as 'cool' as a UE XT! :wink:



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Define cool... heh. I have both a 9600P and a 9800P and they're both satisfactorily quiet.

AMD 2500+, 1gb DDR333, Radeon 9800 Pro, Audigy 2. Yummy...
 
Don't get me wrong, my R9600PRo goes pretty much unheard in my case, and I run whisper fans. But there is something to be aid for NO noise at all. :cool:

I was surprised to see that video (linked above), as the R9800XT does seem (only slightly) louder than the FX5950. From what I've heard solutions like that of the HIS ICE-Q R9800PRO ae VERY VERY quiet while allowing wicked overclocks. I would really like it if ASUS came out with a Gainward-like solution that has liquid cooling blocks facotry installed. I am tempeted to go that route, simply for a new challenge in my next 'gaming rig' project next year. I do appear to have a good line on some specific/special cooling should I decide to go that route. However that is still a while off.


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hehe

<A HREF="http://www.cameronwilliamson.com/gallery.html" target="_new">r9800pro / zalman heatpipe</A>

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Yeah, now that's what I'm talking about! :cool:

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