Inno3D iChill X3 Ultra GeForce GTX 980Ti Graphics Card Review

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Noise, Power Consumption and Temperatures


Noise

Everyone has their own reasonable noise level when it comes to comes to components in a computer. Some can handle all fans at 100% load to keep temperatures down, some want a completely silent computer.

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The triple fans run at such a low rpm that they are barely audible.

Power Consumption

With electricity becoming increasingly expensive across most parts of the world the need for computer components to become power efficient has never been more relevant. Graphics cards are often the most power-hungry components inside a desktop system so having an efficient graphics card is very important to keeping power bills under control. Power is often correlated to heat and so lower power consumption means a graphics card is likely to run slightly cooler and put out less heat into your system meaning your other components will run cooler with improved longevity. AMD and Nvidia have both made power consumption an integral part of the way graphics cards dynamically overclock so the need for graphics card vendors to use efficient VRM and PCB designs is becoming important to maximise performance. We take power readings after 5 minutes of two different load scenarios: desktop idle and Unigine Heaven load.

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The additional 30W TDP pushes the Inno3D card to the AMD side of the chart.

Temperatures

The cooling solution which graphics card vendors choose to implement is one of the main differences that consumers have to contend with when choosing a graphics cards. Apart from their acoustic properties, the thermal properties of graphics card coolers are extremely important. Lower temperatures are always better and with AMD and Nvidia opting to use dynamic overclocking algorithms that take temperature into account it is important that graphics card vendors use high performance cooling solutions in order to maximise performance. The era of graphics cards reaching dangerous temperatures are now in the past but the importance of lower temperatures still remains. Lower temperatures mean better stability, longer component longevity and lower fan speeds .We take temperature readings after 5 minutes of two different load scenarios: desktop idle and Unigine Heaven load. We always record actual temperatures and make a note of the ambient; in the case where more than 1 GPU is used an average is created.

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Thanks to that large cooler, it does well to keep the card chilled.

Article Index

  1. Introduction and Packaging
  2. A Closer Look
  3. Test Systems and Procedures
  4. 3DMark
  5. Batman: Arkham Knight
  6. Battlefield 4
  7. Bioshock Infinite
  8. Grand Theft Auto V
  9. Hitman Absolution
  10. Metro Last Light
  11. Tomb Raider
  12. Unigine Valley
  13. Compute Performance
  14. Overclocking and Overclocked Performance
  15. Noise, Power Consumption and Temperatures
  16. Final Thoughts
  17. View All

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