Originally Posted by Galvin
I already posted about this and if you read about the temps they are pretty bad for a water cooler. They mention load temps of 82c at stock. Now normally load temps for me on autofan are 95c. Why would anyone pay $200 for 82c when 3rd party air coolers will beat that for half the price. Makes no sense. Now if they were getting down to 70c I could see it being worth it maybe.
Info below from the Hexus preview
Dude I think you need to look at the preview in the above link.
A real-world assessment
Examining the whole noise/heat/power issue in more detail and taking a real-world game into account, we played through Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and noted where system-wide power-draw was highest. The game works the CPU's cores and gives the GPU(s) a good going over. We then left the card rendering the high power-draw scene for 10 minutes and logged the maximum temperature, fan-speed, and power-draw.
The observations were noted with the card(s) installed inside a Corsair Obsidian 800D chassis with side panels on. The table below highlights our findings and provides a subjective analysis of the fan noise.
GPU Power-draw (maximum) Temperature
(maximum) Quietness /10
(higher is better)
CoolIT GTX 480 OC 1.5GB 410W 73°C 7
GeForce GTX 480 1.5GB 419W 94°C 4/2
GeForce GTX 470 1.2GB 354W 94°C 5/3
Radeon HD 5970 TOXIC 4GB 488W 64°C 6.5
Radeon HD 5970 2GB 366W 77°C 5
Radeon HD 5870 TOXIC 2GB 324W 66°C 7
Radeon HD 5870 1GB 288W 76°C 6
Radeon HD 5850 1GB 260W 63°C 7
Let's explain the table. The noise perception is a subjective rating out of ten for the quietness of the card when under gaming load. Simple rpm doesn't always tell the full story.
During our session of Battlefield: Bad Company 2, the temperature of our OMNI-cooled GTX 480 rose to 73°C - a massive 20°C less than NVIDIA's reference design.
Furthermore, the cooler remains remarkably quiet. With the radiator fan spinning at a moderate speed, it is barely audible and quieter than most of the comparison air-cooled cards.