Temperatures are important to enthusiasts and gamers, so we took a bit of time and did some temperature testing on the MSI GeForce GTX 760 Gaming OC 2GB video card
AMD Radeon HD 7950 3GB Idle Temperature:
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Idle Temperature:
In a room that was 20C (70F) we found a very significant difference in idle temperatures. The AMD Radeon HD 7970 was at 37C and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 was at 29C!
AMD Radeon HD 7950 3GB Gaming Temperature:
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Gaming Temperature:
When playing Far Cry 3 and Battlefield 3 for about 30 minutes each, we hit 82C on the GeForce GTX 760 and 72C on the Radeon HD 7950 2GB. So, we again have a toss up. The AMD Radeon HD 7950 runs cooler when gaming, but the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 runs cooler at idle.
Here you can see the results in comparison with some of the other cards we have been looking at over the past month.
We recently upgraded our sound meter to an Extech sound level meter with ±1.5dB accuracy that meets Type 2 standards. This meter ranges from 35dB to 90dB on the low measurement range, which is perfect for us as our test room usually averages around 36dB. We measure the sound level two inches above the corner of the motherboard with ‘A’ frequency weighting. The microphone wind cover is used to make sure no wind is blowing across the microphone, which would seriously throw off the data.
When it comes to noise levels the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 2GB card is 2.4dB quieter when gaming, but is about the same noise level as the AMD Radeon HD 7950 when in an idle state. Another split decision here!