Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980Ti Xtreme Gaming Graphics Card Review

Noise, Power Consumption and Temperatures


Noise

Under idle conditions, the GPU enters a 0dB passive mode and doesn’t contribute to system noise. Please note, the 39-decibel figure is based on the bench’s total acoustic output which is affected by the CLC’s pump noise, and triple fan setup on a 360mm radiator. Even when the three GPU fans are enabled, they only add a mere 4-decibel to the overall running noise and remain extremely quiet. As you can see, the graphics card offers an astounding performance to noise ratio.

Power Consumption

The aggressive factory overclocked core increases power consumption compared to NVIDIA’s reference design, but it’s not going to have a major impact on electricity bills.

Temperatures

I was a little surprised by the GPU’s high idle temperature, but this is probably down to the passive mode which initiates the fans once the thermals reach a certain threshold. During stress testing, the core never exceeded 69 degrees and attained a commendable average of 67.