Recapping. From the excellent article (thanks MikeC) ...
Asus ENGTX260 with Stock cooler.
* Temps: 43Â°C Idle (700 RPM/40%), 72Â°C Load (Fan 880 RPM/50%).
* Noise: 15 dBA Idle (700 RPM/40%), 21 dBA Load (Fan 880 RPM/50%).
MikeC in Article wrote:
GPU temperature was more than acceptable at only 72Â°C.
What about in game behaviour?
In games my stock clocked GTX260 doesn't actually seem that much louder than at idle.
What about a harder test than in the article? Thanks to WR304 for the following ...
In the review the card was stress tested with ATI Tool to get a load temperature. It only reached 72c approx which is still below the 78c Operating Temperature. That's when the fan speed really starts ramping up.
A good benchmark to use is Furmark v.1.4.0...
The fan speed starts to increase at 70c but it isn't until you reach 78c that you can really hear the fan start to speed up. The temperature stays constant and you can see the fan speed increasing over time. ...
With my card running Furmark v1.4.0 it reaches 78c after 3 or four minutes.
Does anybody have experience with running a GTX 260 with Triple Head To Go, Digital Edition to get triple monitors going? Does this push the card from 72Â° to 78Â°?
Consider a competing solution....HD 4870 1 GB with the Accelero Twin Turbo
From Falcon26's Forum Thread: Got the Twin Turbo on my 4870 1 gb
* Temps: 44Â°C Idle (50% fan speed), 60Â°C Load (50% fan speed).
Idle about 44 and load about 60 at 50% fan speed. Dead silent... Even at 75% the fan is quiet. At 50% its dead silent. 55%-75% is quiet also but their is a faint whirly sound, nothing bad still quiet.Deciding between the two
The 4870 is a tad better than the reviewed 260. 60Â° V 72Â° @ Load. Further, presumably one has more assurance and control with an aftermarket cooler that the card will not go to full speed.
However the 4870 does not support the triple widescreen resolutions under Triple Head To Go. That makes it unattractive for me.
Thanks WR304 for
If you don't like the stock cooler there's a Thermalright HR-03 cooler coming out sometime
Indeed the yet to be released Thermalright HR-03 GTX
promises 67Â° at load for the 280. That is not too much better than the 72Â° for the reviewed 260 with stock cooler. Mmmm.