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NVIDIA's Free Borderlands 2 Promotion

The GeForce Website announces that owners of NVIDIA's new GTX 660 Ti graphics card (see today's hardware revews) or better are entitled to a free copy of Borderlands 2, Gearbox Software's upcoming role-playing shooter sequel. One of the things this will do is enable users to run the game at maximum settings for all sorts of PhysX effects. and this page offers a trailer showing these off.

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21. Re: NVIDIA's Free Borderlands 2 Promotion Aug 16, 2012, 23:44 Creston
 
jacobvandy wrote on Aug 16, 2012, 21:46:
Creston wrote on Aug 16, 2012, 21:38:

Yeah, I've been thinking about a new card, and the 660 Ti doesn't seem that appealing, though mostly my concern comes from temperature and noise. I can hear my 5850 with the fans on full, but if I turn them to 50% (which still makes everything run without issue, I just never can be bothered to go through the application to do so. Quite a few of the reviews say that the cards are "quiet", but this is quiet by hardware review standards, which in most cases is approximately equal to "it sounds like you have a Boeing 747 heating its engines in your house."

The 670 seems a more interesting buy, power wise, but again with the noise. Sigh.

Creston

AMD cards are the only ones that still sound like jet engines. Since the GeForce 400 series, NVIDIA has actually been improving the power consumption and thermal output by a lot. For instance, I used GTX 460s in SLI for a long time and they are usually whisper quiet, only going up to regular noise (like just bit above ambient case fan volume) under load. Maybe it gets moderately loud when you're doing some serious shit that warms it up to the 90 degrees C range... Generally if you're hearing the fans roar, something is wrong. But if it's hearing the fan noise at all that bothers you, look into the models with higher quality heatsink/fans, rather than those that stick with the reference design. There are plenty out there that are completely inaudible while keeping the card cooler than it needs to be.

I've gone with the Vapor-X line for my last two cards, but it seems Sapphire has gone Radeon only, (at least for Vapor-X) and in the 7000 series they only have the 7970 6GB or the 7770 entry level card.

Still, like I was TRYING to say, but apparently never did, my 5850 if I manually lower the fans to 50% is simply dead-quiet. I can't even hear it over the ambient noise in the room.

Any advice on a good GTX 670 that's quiet? Like, that's seriously my number 1 concern. I'll trade in 10% performance for a card that I can't hear.

Creston
 
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