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Quietest R9 270

Postposted on Mon Mar 31, 2014 7:05 pm

It's time to replace my GPU, and I've decided on an R9 270. I have no interest in mining; it will only be used for gaming.

The room in which I have my computer has a very low noise floor, and consequently, I'm looking for a very quiet cooler. Price is, however, a minor factor (for example, I would not pay $50 for a 10% reduction in sound amplitude).

I think that noise data are difficult to interpret -- what sort of instrumentation was used? was it used correctly? etc. So for my purposes, I'm really interested in qualitative impressions (though I would consider data if you have it or link to it).

So, can you recommend some quiet R9 270's? Any help is greatly appreciated.
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Re: Quietest R9 270

Postposted on Mon Mar 31, 2014 8:23 pm

Without any sound measurements at all, I'd guess that the ones with the smaller fans might be noisier than the ones with the larger fans.
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Re: Quietest R9 270

Postposted on Tue Apr 01, 2014 8:45 pm

got back around to this thread thinking you meant 270X and I could have been more helpful.

anyway this is always a harder question to get a good answer to, because different review outlets use different methodologies and tools when measuring this stuff. best bet is when one site has done many models within a single line. as it stands, I'd say your best bet, if price is not an issue, would be either Gigabyte, Asus, or Sapphire. Tweaktown has done a lot of r9 270s. Techpowerup also did the asus r9 270.

The gigabyte card has those massive fans on its cooler so they spin nice and low.

If you're really price conscious then I have a suggestion. Right now, the cheapest of the 270s is the Club3D card. Club3d is owned by the same parent company that owns both Powercolor and VTX3D, and is based in netherlands. the brand has previously only been used in Europe. powercolor the states and Canada. I do like the look of the club3d stuff and I'm guessing that's why they're pushing it now. hardwarecanucks did a review of an r9 270. The card in question a single-fan variant from powercolor. They found it to perform exceptionally in the noise and cooling departments. Now, that card isn't sold anywhere at this time and you can't get it anymore. I remember when it came out, it was the only non-dual fan card, and then powercolor came out with a second dual-fan variant, and afterward the single fan card disappeared. most likely to respond to the competition as all their competition had dual fan variants. If you compare the Club3d cards to that single-fan powercolor card, they look similar. the fan seems to be identical and the cooler also looks very similar from what I can tell. it could very well be that the club3d cards and the old powercolor card came from the very same production line just with different shrouds affixed. if so, then the club3d cards will be quiet and cool maybe.

that said, I recently passed a club3d r9 270x, which was identical to the 270s in all but clockspeed, due to rumblings that it was noisy, and also hot sometimes. so I dunno. could be the higher clocks just defeated a cooler that performed admirably at lower ones, which was probably why they decided to push the clocks and release it as a 270X in the first place. but who knows. this is why people should send their damn cards out.

you won't be paying $50 more for a better 270, they're not that bad yet, don't give them ideas. I'd say $20 or $25 would be as hard as they could probably end up squeezing you here.
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Re: Quietest R9 270

Postposted on Tue Apr 01, 2014 8:58 pm

The MSI R9 270 gaming seems to be one of the, if not the quietest card on the market.

http://www.legitreviews.com/msi-radeon-r9-270-gaming-oc-sapphire-dual-x-r9-270-oc-video-card-review_128803/11
http://www.eteknix.com/asus-amd-radeon-r9-270-direct-cu-ii-oc-2gb-graphics-card-review/14/

Note that in the second link, the ASUS R9 270 Direct CU II (which Anandtech said was one of the quietest cards they had ever tested) was actually louder than the MSI GTX 760 Twin Frozr, a card that's over a performance tier above the 270! The MSI R9 270 uses a similar cooler.

For the record, I have the MSI GTX 760 TF, and it is indeed very quiet at idle and under load.
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Re: Quietest R9 270

Postposted on Tue Apr 01, 2014 9:30 pm

Thanks for the help. I'll probably go with MSI. It's unfortunate that there aren't better ways of comparing various sites' measurements, but it does seem that the MSI version is generally pretty quiet (relatively, at least).
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Re: Quietest R9 270

Postposted on Thu Apr 10, 2014 10:33 am

According to Scott's reviews, and my own personal experience, if you want quiet cards, go for the Gigabyte or MSI variants with 3 and 2 large fans, respectively.
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Re: Quietest R9 270

Postposted on Thu Apr 10, 2014 10:45 am

morphine wrote:According to Scott's reviews, and my own personal experience, if you want quiet cards, go for the Gigabyte or MSI variants with 3 and 2 large fans, respectively.


The MSI Twin Frozr is quieter than the Gigabyte Windforce
http://www.eteknix.com/msi-geforce-gtx-760-twin-frozr-gaming-oc-edition-2gb-graphics-card-review/14/

EDIT: The Windforce is a great cooler and all, but it's also very large and long, which may have an effect on case compatibility. I've got the MSI GTX 760 Twin Frozer in my mATX case, and even though the case ostensibly has 14" of space to put a video card it, wrangling a card/cooler as long as the windforce into it would be an issue. Most smaller cases don't even have anywhere near as much space for long cards as my Silverstone PS09B.
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Re: Quietest R9 270

Postposted on Thu Apr 10, 2014 11:36 am

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Re: Quietest R9 270

Postposted on Thu Apr 10, 2014 1:17 pm

Just from personal experience, my brand new Powercolor isn't very loud and it's overclocked to 1050/1500. I'm sure there are quieter ones, but my system sits right next to my monitor with the vent for the graphics card being the closest thing to my face (relatively speaking). I've never once thought "dang, that thing is just too loud." It's also available in a really nice combo deal with Rosewill RK-9000 keyboards that knocks $32 off of the total price.
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Re: Quietest R9 270

Postposted on Thu Apr 10, 2014 1:47 pm

I did, in the end, get the MSI Twin Frozr. It's very quiet, compared to minimal background noise and other components. So overall, no complaints.

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Re: Quietest R9 270

Postposted on Thu Apr 10, 2014 4:29 pm

What about the passively cooled PowerColor SCS3, were you even considering this one?
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