Noise, Power Consumption and Temperatures
Under idle conditions, the Inno3D GeForce GTX 980Ti X3 Ultra DHS is unbelievably quiet thanks to its semi-passive fan profile. Even when the card is subjected to heavy stress, the noise output remains low and only defeated by the Fury X’s liquid cooling apparatus. I have to commend Inno3D here because the noise output is difficult to detect and makes for an almost silent system. Granted the Fury X is quieter, but this requires the chassis space to house a radiator, and fan mount as well as room for the tubing. Also, the Fury X is prone to some coil whine especially on earlier models. This always depends on luck, as some Maxwell GPUs suffer from coil whine too. Thankfully, the sample I received was whisper quiet and a complete joy to use.
The powerful factory overclock requires a 6-pin and 8-pin PCIe connectors which increased the system’s power consumption. Despite this, the load wattage is respectable and shouldn’t be a major concern for enthusiasts wanting the best possible performance.
The GPU’s magnificent noise output wasn’t achieved at the expense of load temperatures. As we can see, the Inno3D GeForce GTX 980Ti X3 Ultra DHS GPU reported an amazing bench temperature of 67 degrees, while dealing with a higher ambient temperature. Clearly, the Fury X’s closed-loop-cooler is always going to offer fantastic thermal results. Honestly, I’m surprised at the graphics card’s amazing noise to temperature ratio which deserves a lot of credit.