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8800 GTS: Noise and Temperature.

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August 21, 2007 2:44:56 PM

I am looking for a new video card for my new Q6600 - P5K Premium - P812 system.

I am considering a 7900GS, 8600 GS/GTS or 8800 GTS (maybe EVGA e-GeForce 8800GTS Superclocked 320MB). I plan to use this PC for a few years without any upgrade.

Besides the money, does the 8800 consume more power and generates more noise than the 7900 and 8600 series cards?

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August 21, 2007 5:17:18 PM

mis33 said:
I am looking for a new video card for my new Q6600 - P5K Premium - P812 system.

I am considering a 7900GS, 8600 GS/GTS or 8800 GTS (maybe EVGA e-GeForce 8800GTS Superclocked 320MB). I plan to use this PC for a few years without any upgrade.

Besides the money, does the 8800 consume more power and generates more noise than the 7900 and 8600 series cards?

Yes and probably, although yes and yes is more likely closer to the truth. :lol: 
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August 21, 2007 5:24:44 PM

I'd say YESY and YES, but most importantly on a build you want yo 'use for a few years without any upgrade' then most importantly of all IT's WORTH IT !!

IMO, anything less than a GTS for such a build is not a good fit.
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August 21, 2007 6:01:27 PM

i find that my evga 8800gts 320mb is VERY quite even for running the fan @95% all the time. big difference between the two tho. owned a 7900gs(modded) and it doesnt even come close to my new card.
August 21, 2007 6:09:40 PM

In my build the GTS 320 is easily the loudest thing in my case when it's fan is on 100% but as the other felles stated it's well worth it. This thing is blazing fast stock and it overclocks verry nicely to. I have mine set with rivatuner to keep the fan at 60% when on 2D stuff and at that speed you won't hear it. When it's on 3D stuff it kicks the speeds upto 610/950 which is a relatively modest overclock and the fan to 100% which I can't hear over my surround while playing. The noise isn't really a bad tone anyhow, I've heard worse on my modded x800xl. Bottom line just get the 8800 and you'll be alot happier.
August 22, 2007 2:44:12 AM

I am thinking to get the EVGA GeForce 8800GTS Superclocked 320MB. Any comments on this card?

I never used Rivatuner. This card is already OC so I don't plan on any further OC. I sure like to monitor the temperatures of this card. Also, looks like you can set the fan speed as well but why do you want to control the fan speed? Shouldn't the fan speed be determined by the temperature of the card?
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August 22, 2007 3:43:14 AM

If it's eVGA and you don't do funny things to it you don't need to bother monitoring its temperatures. Go for it, smart choice. :) 
August 22, 2007 4:23:33 AM

GTS @ 100% IS loud.
However, it doesnt run that hot, and even after hours of gaming i still cant hear it over anything else.

BTW... 8600 vs 8800. These are MILES apart. Waddup wif dat?
August 22, 2007 12:26:12 PM

This is probably a very subjective question.

If it's your money, which card would you buy:
1. EVGA e-GeForce 8800 GTS Superclocked 320MB
2. BFG Technologies GeForce 8800 GTS OC 320MB

Both in the same price range.
August 22, 2007 12:59:38 PM

I would buy EVGA, but only to make use of their step-up program and step-up to a 9800 by christmas :) 
August 22, 2007 1:07:27 PM

Like I said, I do not plan on making any further upgrade to this PC for a few years. This is why I am getting all the quality components (P5K-Premium, Q6600, Freezer Pro-7, P182+1 extra case fan, Cosair-620W, etc).

Since this EVGA and BFG cards are in the same price range and similar perfromance, I will buy the one which is more reliable and quiet.

August 22, 2007 1:16:02 PM

Sorry, but u asked which card I was going to buy.


In ur case since it's the same price, i would take the higher clocked card. if they are clocked the same. then it's just personal preference.
August 22, 2007 1:49:47 PM

If they are the same price get the card with higher clocks and better waranty.

I've never heard of a 8800gts 320 overheating or even being that hot so I wouldnt worry about temps. The p182 is a good case with good airflow. I'm not sure why you would need an extra fan in there.
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August 22, 2007 2:06:03 PM

BFG: T-Shirt, 550 MHz, $310
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814143086

eVGA: S-Video Cable, 576 MHz, $285
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130038

Everything else is equal. They're both excellent companies with great quality and great warranties.

I would say eVGA, it's pretty obvious. The S-Video cable may be useful, the higher clock helps, and the T-Shirt is not worth $25. I got one with my BFG 8800 GTX OC2 so I know exactly what I'm talking about :D  It's black, it says BFG on the front in white letters, and the back is a guy's head with blue skin and orange eyes and the logo "Gamer's Choice". At least they sent me an XL so I can actually wear it. I wonder if they send XL to everybody :) 
August 22, 2007 4:05:10 PM

This BFG card probably does not have the latest cooling technology, something called ThermoIntelligence Cooler. Too bad...
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August 22, 2007 4:11:51 PM

Is that the technology BFG used in their 8600 GTS? I read something about recently. It's very very nice especially wrt noise but it adds $50 to the cost and it doesn't really make sense for a 8600 GTS. It makes sense for an expensive and very power hungry card. I'm sure it will be in their 9800 GTX.

August 22, 2007 5:34:29 PM

I read it somewhere from a BFG (GeForce 8800 GTS OC) owner that this card operates at full fan speed all the time.
Does this make sense?
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August 22, 2007 6:02:57 PM

Well, it is cheaper to just have a fan without also adding a smart controller for it, I guess. It's also stupid, of course, because it increases noise, power consumptions, and the chances that the fan will break. I hope it's not true. I'll try to find out.

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August 22, 2007 6:13:06 PM

I'm confused. Here are two reviews. One shows that the noise of the 8800 GTS increases under load, and one shows that it doesn't. A noise increase under load would mean the fan is NOT always running at full speed. The problem is, who is right here? Both Anandtech and XbitLabs are reliable sites, so I'm guessing it's just me being unable to make sense of the numbers.

http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=2953&p=12
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/video/display/gf8800gts320MB-roundup_8.html#sect0

I hope somebody can clarify this for us...

August 22, 2007 6:26:56 PM

eVGA, just because I have had support issues with BFG. I spent a lot of time convincing the tech that it wasn't my power supply causing the lockups, even though I was continually montioring voltages and temps. It was a heat problem with the card.
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August 22, 2007 6:57:34 PM

Jim_L9 said:
eVGA, just because I have had support issues with BFG. I spent a lot of time convincing the tech that it wasn't my power supply causing the lockups, even though I was continually montioring voltages and temps. It was a heat problem with the card.


Just curious, as a BFG card owner, how did this horror story end? Did BFG send you a new card? Did that one work? Did you have to send your old card first and spend some weeks without any card? Did you have to pay shipping for either the old card or the new one? Thanks!
August 28, 2007 8:30:53 PM

You could buy the cheaper, non oced cards and oc them as far as the the pre oced cards easily. Also 20% of pre oced cards come DOA.
August 28, 2007 9:41:03 PM

make SURE you monitor your temps with ntune or something similar..I bought a second evga 8800 320 superclocked and my old card operated at 107 degrees C in SLI until i moved it to PCIex number 1 position (close to CPU), only then did it drop by 40 degrees.

Watch the temps! get the OC version or save your money and when the G92 cards come out, get an 8800 ultra at the reduced price!
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