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Quietest decent-output video card?

Wed Apr 06, 2011 11:03 am

Hey guys, i was wondering if there was any consensus on the quietest video card that still offers reasonably good folding performance. I'm looking to set it up in my room where I sleep. Also, it'd be nice if it had HDMI support
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Re: Quietest decent-output video card?

Wed Apr 06, 2011 11:21 am

That really depends on what sort of PPD you want, 'good performance' is subjective. I'm not much of a folder so I'm not certain, but I doubt there'd be one universally accepted quiet folding card.

Most video card reviews do have dB comparisons, so you could use that as a starting point. Make sure to take into account the distance at which the dB reading is taken though.

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Re: Quietest decent-output video card?

Wed Apr 06, 2011 11:28 am

Well right now for folding you want nVidia. That may change in a few months with the AMD client due out. The 550 or the 560Ti would probably be your best bang/quietest solution. I personally would go with the 560Ti. Do you have a budget?
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Re: Quietest decent-output video card?

Wed Apr 06, 2011 11:30 am

I have a Sapphire Radeon HD 5770 Vapor-X. It isn't the latest and greatest, but it is more than enough for some reasonable gaming at 1680x1050.

If you can hear it at four feet, I would be amazed. I don't run it too hard, but I don't hear much spool up when I am gaming.

I think Sapphire focuses on noise better than most other vendors, when it comes to their custom cooling solutions, vice the stock coolers.

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Re: Quietest decent-output video card?

Wed Apr 06, 2011 3:09 pm

My GT240 was the leader in that area around 2 years ago. As of last year it seems to be the GTS 450 (may be a bit louder). Now I would expect the 550 Ti to inherit that title, but I have not read about any tests on that yet.
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Re: Quietest decent-output video card?

Wed Apr 06, 2011 3:46 pm

This is the one I own, a Gigabyte GTS 450, which surprisingly still costs the same price it was listed for when I got it (but I got mine with a $14 discount) last October/November.

It produces in general around 9100-9300 Points Per Day, depending on the WU and what I'm doing, and every once in a great while somewhere ~15000 PPD (the Project 10928 it folded yesterday, for example, took 87 minutes 25 seconds and netted 15237 PPD), but those are quite rare and take quite a bit of CPU time, such that the -bigadv SMP WU I'm crunching at the same time slows enough that I end up gaining only a few PPD overall. The GPU is fairly quiet, but then I'm probably a bad judge because I've got 3 systems chugging away in close proximity, 2 of which also have GPU's folding.

The card isn't a great overclocker, since the shader and core speeds are linked at 2:1. I haven't overvolted to see how much that would help, however.
 
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Re: Quietest decent-output video card?

Wed Apr 06, 2011 5:21 pm

Does fanless suffice for the quietest category:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6814187129
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Re: Quietest decent-output video card?

Thu Apr 07, 2011 11:31 am

Ryu Connor wrote:
Does fanless suffice for the quietest category:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6814187129

It probably does, but it will be a personal debate whether it is worth the $50 or so premium over a regular GTS 450 from a cost perspective.
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Re: Quietest decent-output video card?

Thu Apr 07, 2011 12:07 pm

I had a 4850 and I slapped a ARCTIC COOLING Accelero S1 Rev.2 cooler on it. Worked perfectly. I imagine you could do the same with a 6850 or other mid-range card.
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