FutureMark’s 3DMark06 and Nvidia’s NTune utility was used to load the card and record the temperatures of the core of the graphics card respectively.
I must admit these numbers really impressed me. Clearly you can see here that the ND1 was a vast improvement over the stock cooler. Any cooler that can take nine to fifteen degrees Celcius of both load and idle temperatures is a cooler that is worth my money.
Not only is this card worlds better than the stock cooler, it is nearly silent. I would place the ND1 noise-wise just a tad bit louder than Yate Loons. Thermaltake states that the ND1 runs at 16 dBa, and for once I have to agree with this rating.
Now ordinarily, this would have any hardcore overclocker drooling. There is a lot of head room for overclocking. Unfortunately, this card has never ever overclocked 1mhz on either core or memory without artifacting ever since I switched from watercooling. I don’t know if I got a bum card or what, but this card does not like overclocking anymore.
Time to wrap this up, and answer the question, “Was it worth it?”