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Noise And Fan RPM

Seven Radeon R9 280X Graphics Cards, Rounded-Up
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Noise

We measure the Radeon R9 280X’s noise level in different usage scenarios, for which we use a studio microphone with the same calibration found in our PC audio reviews. The mic is positioned perpendicular to the middle of the graphics card at a distance of 50 cm.

Model
Idle
Moderate Load
Full Load
Asus R9 280X DirectCU II OC
30.4 dB(A)
36.8 dB(A)
40.8 dB(A)
Club3D R9 280X royalKing OC30.4 dB(A)
42.3 dB(A)
47.4 dB(A)
Gigabyte R9 280X WindForce 3X
31.4 dB(A)
42.8 dB(A)
38.3 dB(A) Modified
47.9 dB(A)
42.7 dB(A) Modified
HIS R9 280X IceQ X²
30.5 dB(A)
37.2 dB(A)
41.7 dBA
MSI R9 280X Gaming OC
30.8 dB(A)
30.8 dB(A)
35.2 dB(A)
41.5 dB(A) New BIOS
39.2 dB(A) Throttling
52.9 dB(A) New BIOS
Sapphire R9 280X Toxic OC32.2 dB(A)
43.4 dB(A)
48.8 dB(A)
Sapphire R9 280X Vapor-X OC
32.7 dB(A)
46.1 dB(A)
56.8 dB(A)

Fan RPM

The number of fans, fan diameter, and fan rotational speed all play big roles in determining each card’s noise level. We’re showing the curve for every board separately to keep things from getting cluttered. Diagrams for cards that have received a BIOS update sport more than one curve.

Asus R9 280X DirectCU II OC

Club3D R9 280X royalKing OC

Gigabyte R9 280X WindForce 3X OC

HIS R9 280X X²

MSI R9 280X Gaming OC (new BIOS)

Sapphire R9 280X Toxic OC

Sapphire R9 280X Vapor-X OC

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