NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Review – GIGABYTE G1 Gaming
We measure the noise level using a professional Voltcraft meter, namely SL200. The meter is fixed on a tripod at 85cm from our test platform, above the CPU cooler. For this test, the CPU runs fanless at 3GHz. The only fan besides the one from the graphic card is the one from the PSU.
The tests are done in a soundproof room with a noise level bellow 32dB. Remember – the numbers you see here are relevant to our test platform and you will get different results at home, in a case, etc. Our reference system is built so we can compare various graphic cards in the same conditions. The sound level is measured during 4 runs of Crysis 2 in 1920×1200 with 8xAA. The numbers you see in the graphs are the maximum levels measured during these tests.
Nvidia GTX 980 is a pretty quiet board, maybe one of the quietest high-end VGA ever built, but the GIGABYTE version still manages to get a little better reading from the sound meter.