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For what use?
I'd probably go with the ATI just because the nVidia cards sound like jet engines when under full load.
I'd probably go with the ATI just because the nVidia cards sound like a jet Engines when under full load.
For use with Premiere Pro CS4!
In reviews sound levels are approximately the same.
For just using with Premiere both are terrible overkills. If you are using After Effect then maybe paying almost $400 (USD) the best high performance of either in OpenGL might be worthwhile,
>In reviews sound levels are approximately the same.
Tom's measured the ATI at about 52dB under full load, and the nVidia at nearly 67dB! Both are noisier than I'd like, but the 2xx series from nVidia are much louder.
I will agree with Bill, though, but only up to a point. Premiere on it's own can't really use all that GPU power, but apparently, certain effects from Magic Bullet can - like Looks and Colorista. Those are two effects I'd not even consider producing without, so from that viewpoint, the hefty GPU might be nice.
So we're back to getting the quieter one.
We test the card on dBA levels. Obviously the reference coolers all perform roughly the same. The customized coolers are either louder or softer depending on what they try to achieve.
* So in IDLE mode, you will not hear the card. We measure 40-41 dBA coming from the PC.
* Gaming with an average title not stressing the GPU too much we can hear the fan a little, we measure roughly 42 dBA.
* When we loop 3DMark Vantage for a while the GPU really heats up, as a side-effect the fan RPM will go up even higher, the noise-levels are now 43 dBA which definitely can be heard, but it's fine really.
So to sum it up, it's a really quiet graphics card, yet during gaming you will be able to hear it. Nothing intense though.
The 4870 is more silent though, but the difference is not that large:
We start up a benchmark and leave it running for a while. The fan rotational speed remains constant. We take the dBA meter, move away 75 CM and then aim the device at the active fan on the graphics card.
Noise levels are becoming pretty standard these days, again we see both the coolers from the two products make more noise once it needs to cool down more (RPM spins up) though audible it's not bad though.
At idle (desktop mode) you'll hardly hear the card, the FAN RPM is pretty low and results in an overall DBA level of less than 40, which is actually great. The minute though the GPUs start to heat up, the RPM of the fan will increase and you can expect roughly 39-40 DBa when the GPU is fully stressed.
So you'll likely you'll hear the fan blowing slightly during gaming, but really that's not too loud at all. No problem there.
> "...during gaming..."
We have time for gaming?
>"While the HD 4870 is clearly not as quiet as the Radeon HD 3870, its still tolerable overall (the fan ramps up to 1600 rpm), and a lot quieter than the very noisy GeForce GTX 260."
The 280 was even noisier than the 260. Tom's tested with Test Drive Unlimited (a racing game), measured at 5cm above the GPU. I suppose the case itself will provide various levels of damping. But having had a CPU fan that generated those kind of noise levels, I'm just not a fan of fans that are that loud, no matter how good the case.
Yes, I have ;-)
I ordered a GTX 285 (not a 260 or 280) yesterday. It beats the xxxx out of ATI cards, so I cannot wait to start using it!