View Full Version : Is the 7900GT quiet??

07-07-06, 02:32 PM
One huge point with me is the noise level of my PC and one good thing I can say at the moment about this rig is its whisper quiet(I won't have it any other way)
Awhile back I purchased two XFX 7800GTs and I could not believe the level of noise those fans put out 100% screamed all the time, I was none too happy.
So what about the 7900GT's noise level? Do they high pitch whine like my old XFX cards or is it tolerable and the EVGAs' seem to have a wider\lower fan not the "blower" type that is on the ref. coolers(and is similar to the blowers on the 7800GT)

07-07-06, 04:45 PM
???? noone can answer this? c'mon guys I know there's an ower in the crowd ;)
I'm on the verge of a buying desicion and need to know

07-07-06, 06:36 PM
shouldn't be to loud

07-07-06, 06:40 PM
shouldn't be to loud
That's what I thought about the XFX 7800GT's....couldn't have been farther from wrong

07-07-06, 08:01 PM
Loggin in at work to answer ya! lol 7900GT is MUCH quieter than the 7800GT I owned previously, when in 2D mode I can't hear it at all. In 3D mode, the fan does double in speed on my eVGA 7900GT CO, and it's audible then, but the sound of any games you're playing will be louder (still quieter than the 7800). When it's really hot in the room however, the fan does ramp up to be as loud as the 7800GT, but spins down once it reaches a cooler temp.

07-07-06, 08:07 PM
Thanks much

07-09-06, 05:25 PM
You can always get a Zalman VF700 or VF900 for it which are not only better than the stock cooler but are practically dead silent.

The VF700 is fairly inexpensive and works nearly as good as the VF900 but it makes your card take up practically three slots. If you're planning to SLI and you only have one empty slot between the video card slots you can use it. Even the VF900 will be pretty with one slot of space like that, but it does just barely fit.

Daneel Olivaw
07-09-06, 09:37 PM
I've been told that 7900GT does not have fan speed control, and that the general consensus was that the miniscule fan on it was loud, is that wrong?

07-10-06, 12:09 AM
I've been told that 7900GT does not have fan speed control, and that the general consensus was that the miniscule fan on it was loud, is that wrong?
You can control it with Rivatuner.

07-10-06, 12:38 AM
I'm a stickler for noise, too, and the stock 7900GT fan, although quieter than a lot of fans out there, was still too noisy for me.

I replaced it with a Zalman, and couldn't be happier. I have the Zalman at around 8V on a fan controller, and it's still silent. I also have the 7900GT running 24/7 at 650/850, which I definitely wouldn't have tried with the stock cooler :D

07-10-06, 01:22 AM
its ass loud blow dryer level if u ask u will hate it

07-10-06, 12:36 PM
I have an eVGA 7900GT KO. When I had the stock copper heatsink, it really wasn't loud at all. But I replaced that shortly thereafter with a
zalman vf-900Cu which is extremely quiet.

IMO, even though the 7900GT KO came with a "better" heatsink that addressed the memory as well, I still think it is a POS. I live in Germany where A/C is non-existant. I needed something to keep the GPU cool even when ambient got into the upper 80s (F)

I also slapped some Copper heatsinks on the ICs on the back and have an old AMD Duron Heatsink fan blowing over them.

I wanted to take all the precautions I could to prevent the ol "my video card blew up!"

Off on a tangent, but, if you are going to invest in a good video card, get an eVGA and a Zalman. (eVGA will not void the warranty if you put a 3rd party cooling solution on it.)


07-10-06, 04:24 PM

the difference at 5m is huge, although im not sure who sits five meters away from their computer, or even 1 meter for that matter, which is almost indistinguishable

07-10-06, 09:33 PM
This graphics card is surely better from this point of view than the GeForce 7900 GT which has a rather poorly designed cooler and cannot reduce the speed of the fan (although the G71 chip itself doesn’t generate too much heat).

That's just not true though, the 7900 GT can reduce its fan speed. Heck when I opened up the updated RivaTuner for the first time it was right there in the fan settings, 20% fan speed in 2D, 40% in 3D.

07-11-06, 04:32 AM
Whoops, bout time I updated my sig.

07-11-06, 05:59 AM
No matter, I decided to bite the bullet and go with a 7900GTX....
Now I don't have to worry about noise, heat dumping into the case or where someone left the "other 256mb of RAM" lol