I've got to hand it to them, Techreport does a great job measuring the db level of all the graphics cards. They also note that these cards can get really loud; there is a mention of a power tool at one point. That seems really irritating to me, and might influence my choice of what card to get. So, does anyone have a good guide to how loud these cards are in real world terms (Ie, as loud as a blender, as a washing machine, as an idling car, etc). Also, how closely does the noise at the point they measure it compare to the noise outside a case and a little ways away, i.e. where my ears are. Pretty much the same, or is it muffled fairly well?
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