NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ReviewTue, Jun 25, 2013 - 8:00 AM
Noise and Temps
Temperature & Noise Testing
Temperatures are important to enthusiasts and gamers, so we took a bit of time and did some temperature testing on the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 2GB video card
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Idle Temperature:
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 2GB video card had an idle temperature of 29.0C in a room that was 22.0C (72F).
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Gaming Temperature:
When playing Far Cry 3 and Battlefield 3 for about 30 minutes each, we hit 82C and did not get any hotter than this as that is the temperature target of this video card. Notice the fan speed went from just 1100RPM at idle to 2100RPM when gaming and you could easily hear this card over the water cooler and Corsair AX1200 PSU on our test system.
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 2GB video card is actually the hottest of any video card that we have tested in the past 5 weeks! Hitting 82C isn’t really that hot in the big picture, but it is hot enough to put it at the top of our temperature chart.
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 you should already know that it will not be the quietest in the group as we just told you it was the hottest. The old NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 reference design is still on top of our noise chart with ~54dB while gaming, but the GeForce GTX 760 reference design isn’t that far back at 53dB.