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Melhisedek
08-25-04, 10:16 AM
Hi mates!
Well I finally got my hands on a Gainward 6800GT GS :)

It's the new design with dual fans and red cooler and PCB (before I just got reference design)

Anyhow installed it and all but after boot fans don't slow down after entering Windows (like they did with old card, and like all other 6800 cards I came accross)

I went to Gainward site and downloaded "Expert Tool" and started just after my ears started bleeding of all the noise (believe me it's worse than 5800FX in it's glory days)

As soon as I started program card slowed down to tolerable levels. I fiddled around and found settings for fan... Some "Dynamic Fan" setting was enabled and it like slaughtered my score (during the tests fan went up and down like crazy) @ 400/1100 I scored 11009 3D Marks. ( With old card I scored some 12100 )
P4 @3.2

So I put it to manual and chose 55% fan for 2D and 90% for 3D. It's still very, very loud and as soon I exit program fans go to 100% even in 2D. Thing is bloody loud...

So any ideas on how to fix this? I don't want to have programs running in background and I don't want to go deaf after 2 days of having this card. Worst thing is that I fold and that my rig is always on. I don't dare to think if I'll be able to sleep at all tonight [blush]

Reference design card was much quiter and I didn't need any extra programs :/

So mates, any advice is appreciated!
Thanks in advance!

Sadly I'm at work and can't try anything just yet but will as soon as I get home.

My specs:

P4 @ 3.2
1Gig RAM
IC7
Win XP SP2
DX9.0c
61.77 (latest from nvidia.com) (haven't tried any other ones)

KinetiK
08-25-04, 03:01 PM
I have the same card as you do but don't have any noise problems at all. It's not quiet but it's no dustbuster that's for sure so I'm thinking you have some problem with your card or your voltages are set higher than usual or whatever. In my opinion, that ExperTool program makes the card work better than if you aren't using it so just use it and dont' whinge about the small footprint it leaves (takes... whatever).

Crazyapple
08-26-04, 02:55 PM
I've also got a Gainward 6800 GT GS and find it crazy how loud it is.

I have five PCs in my office area, all P4 machines. I have made efforts to silence some but not all of them, however adding this card to what was previously the quietest one is hilarious. It's by far the loudest thing in the room - even when I drag the sliders to 0 on the fans it is still louder than the PCs around it.

I'm seriously considering shelling out the stupid $55 price for a NV5 from NewEgg rather than waiting for them to be available elsewhere.

Has anyone here added an NV5 to a 6800GT golden sample?

While I'm at it... I like the card, but doesn't golden sample sound like either something you'd give your doctor or the name of a bad porno? :)

sabrewulf165
08-26-04, 05:36 PM
I haven't heard the reference coolers but for those who don't believe these other two guys, trust me, the Gainward dual slot dual fan cooler is intolerably banshee-scream loud. It's not so bad at 50% so that's what I run it at all the time in 2D and 3D and it works fine for me. The higher levels are just too damn loud...

Knot3D
08-26-04, 05:50 PM
Same card here, also with a P4 3,2 Oc'd to 3,4.

Before this Gainward GT I had a PNY QuadroFX1000 (NV30)
which has a real modest fan and is quite silent. Now, this
Gainward GT noises above my Zalman 7000 cpu fan, 2 120mm
case fans and the Tagan PSU fans. I got it at 60% for 2D, 100%
for 3D.

Also, the PC's in my room and I render 3D computer graphics
quite often over night (which can take whole nights).
It's loud yes, but just tolerable imo.
I mean, imho the cool and flawless 400/1100 performance justifies
the noise level of this card. Idle temps are 46c and load stays below 60c.
Hail to the dual copper cooling fans ! :drooling:

* edit ; maybe listening to loud music has 'accustomed' my ears to such fan noise. lol.

oakleaf00
09-08-04, 01:35 PM
I haven't heard the reference coolers but for those who don't believe these other two guys, trust me, the Gainward dual slot dual fan cooler is intolerably banshee-scream loud. It's not so bad at 50% so that's what I run it at all the time in 2D and 3D and it works fine for me. The higher levels are just too damn loud...

Just to add to the mix, I have the the same card and also think that it is extremely loud when running at full speed. I find that at 50% it's not too bad. I 've been wanting to run at 50% the whole time, like sabrewulf, but wasn't sure if it would get too hot when playing games like Doom 3. What games do you play and what temps do you get to, sabre?

oakleaf00
09-08-04, 01:39 PM
Hi mates!

So I put it to manual and chose 55% fan for 2D and 90% for 3D. It's still very, very loud and as soon I exit program fans go to 100% even in 2D. Thing is bloody loud...


I've noticed that every once in a while when going from a game to the desktop (3D to 2D) the fans don't throttle down right away. All I do is go to the control panel thingy and move the slider up and down and the fan speed control 'kicks in.' Nots sure why this happens, and it doesn't happen all the time. (This is another reason why I'm interested in sabrewulf's '50% all the time' setup - if it doesn't have to change, I won't have this problem.)

Are you saying that your control doesn't work at all?