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Silent but deadly GPU ~ 250$ - Feedback PLZ!

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July 6, 2011 5:42:30 AM

I am picking out components based on how quiet they will be. This means badass cooling and good slow fans. Case cooling will be great (rv02) and will be using water to cool a 2600k. Now onto the GPU.

I am doing mostly audio work (on 2 x 1080p monitors) so I dont need that badass of a GPU - but sometimes I sync audio to HD film and I need something that wont choke on me. Smooth playback is a must.

I want it to do this, and do it QUIETLY.

For this I have been looking at GTX560's (Ti?).

The MSI GTX 560Ti Twin Frozr II is number one on my list at the moment for this.

But there are 5 different models of Twin Frozr 560 Ti's:


Regular: 4080 mem clock, 336 cores

GTX560 (810 MHz)

GTX560 (overclocked at 870)


Ti: 4200 mem clock, 384 cores

GTX560 Ti (822MHz)

GTX560 Ti (overclocked at 880 MHz)

GTX560 Ti (overclocked at 950 Mhz)


My question is: will the higher clock speeds idle at higher temps? Or does the clock vary based on the load?

The min fanspeed on these cards is 40%. Will it then not matter as all of them will be able to idle at 40%?

Is there another card available in the US that I should be looking at?

Can I OC a standard Ti or are the cards different?
a b U Graphics card
July 6, 2011 5:48:23 AM

Yes, usually higher speeds will mean a higher temp, but since this is the HAWK we are dealing with, I doubt they miles apart from each other. Maybe 10c at max. Also, the 560 and Ti may be overkill for just editing.
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July 6, 2011 5:51:13 AM

I'm not including the Hawk version here because reviews I have read have stated that it is WAYYYY louder than the non-hawk cards I listed.
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a b U Graphics card
July 6, 2011 5:56:58 AM

fea5t said:
I'm not including the Hawk version here because reviews I have read have stated that it is WAYYYY louder than the non-hawk cards I listed.


Whoops, meant Twin Frozer II.
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July 8, 2011 1:34:37 AM

K more feedback plz!
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a b U Graphics card
July 8, 2011 2:56:19 AM

I'm not sure the 3d acceleration of a high end GPU is really going to benefit HD audio playback. Save some money and get an HD 5670. They have tiny fans and use very little power.

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GeForce_GTX_550_...

Or really if all you need is video playback there are some decent "go green" or whatever cards with passive coolers that would suit your needs.




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July 8, 2011 3:46:30 AM

benski said:
I'm not sure the 3d acceleration of a high end GPU is really going to benefit HD audio playback. Save some money and get an HD 5670. They have tiny fans and use very little power.

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GeForce_GTX_550_...

Or really if all you need is video playback there are some decent "go green" or whatever cards with passive coolers that would suit your needs.


If I am doing that why not go passive?
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a b U Graphics card
July 8, 2011 5:40:10 AM

Is this a trick question?
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July 8, 2011 7:06:40 AM

I know it's overkill for playback on 1 monitor but can it handle 2? I currently have an nVidia 9400GTS and it is BY FAR the loudest component in the machine. I cant even watch 480p without the fans spinning up and making a ton of noise. If I get a 520 I CAN'T deal with loud fans.

My hope was that I would never need to run the 560 hot and that it would be quiet for the workload I threw at it.
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a b U Graphics card
July 8, 2011 7:13:09 AM

yeah it would - but look at the fan on the 520.... that thing wont make much noise
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a b U Graphics card
July 8, 2011 7:33:51 AM

my 570 must sound like a jet engine then
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July 8, 2011 7:44:24 AM

Lol yeah probly. Basically it needs to be dead silent when idle and near silent when its cranking at whatever load I will be putting on it. It needs to be dead silent at 25ft no matter what stress it is under. Keep in mind that in my room there is no noise whatsoever besides a silent air system. No fridge noise. Nothing. Dead silent. Thanks for the suggestions though.
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a b U Graphics card
July 8, 2011 8:53:59 AM

Why not get a H6X or Z68 chipset based motherboard and try out the built in video chip first!
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a b U Graphics card
July 8, 2011 9:14:49 AM

Hahaha, a 5670 would be the strongest most silent card, it would definitely be more silent than a 560 Ti.
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July 8, 2011 10:27:00 PM

Emperus said:
Why not get a H6X or Z68 chipset based motherboard and try out the built in video chip first!


Because dual monitor support is a must have.
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July 8, 2011 10:27:58 PM

The Halo Don said:
Hahaha, a 5670 would be the strongest most silent card, it would definitely be more silent than a 560 Ti.


What about the 6670? And how much quieter vs. how much less performance?
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a b U Graphics card
July 8, 2011 10:59:55 PM

6670 is a higher performance card. I cant find any noise level reviews but given that it uses more power it probably is a little louder too.
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a b U Graphics card
July 9, 2011 3:55:28 AM

fea5t said:
What about the 6670? And how much quieter vs. how much less performance?


Quieter? About 40-50% less than a 560 Ti
Performance? About 60-70% less than a 560 Ti


But like I said, a 5670 or 6670 would be more than enough for a PC thats just playing back video on 2 monitors at 1080p, my friend has a 5570 and has a 2 1680x1050 monitor setup, works like a charm!

Also be sure to get the 1gb version of either the 5670/6670.


Also since you asked if the 6670 is better, simple answer yes.

Is it A LOT better? No, just about a 10% increase. but it MIGHT be a bit louder.
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July 9, 2011 3:59:36 AM

Okay, your friend has them? At what distance are they audible?
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a b U Graphics card
July 9, 2011 4:01:54 AM

fea5t said:
Okay, your friend has them? At what distance are they audible?


I honestly dont pay attention to that, but I dont recall it being a Jet engine.
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July 9, 2011 4:04:29 AM

Also, would I have better luck with say a Zotac 550 or something?
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