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 Post subject: Sapphire Ati radeon R9 280/280x/285
PostPosted: Thu Oct 16, 2014 1:12 am 
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Hello,

I have a question for the Sapphire radeon r9 280/280x/285 users: how quiet is the cooler (as far as I know is the same cooler on any of the given cards) in idle with the fan setting set to the lowest value in the CCC?

I am aware that asus strix are inaudible in idle, but I am not willing to pay 15% more just for that...

I don't care about the gaming noise, just the idle base-noise. Given the fact that noise is subjective, any input will do.

EDIT: given the fact that r9 280 is just a rebranded 7950, I think that the same cooler was used by Sapphire on the old card. I know that the 280(and 285) has better efficiency than 7950, my educated guess would be that the same cooler might be quieter on the new model. So any imput regarding the sapphire 7950 cooler are welcomed too.

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 Post subject: Re: Sapphire Ati radeon R9 280/280x/285
PostPosted: Thu Oct 16, 2014 1:42 am 
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one thing I forgot to mention in the original post: does anyone have any idle noise info regarding the Club 3D Radeon R9 280 royalKing 3GB DDR5 384-bit (it's as cheap as the sapphire) :?:

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 Post subject: Re: Sapphire Ati radeon R9 280/280x/285
PostPosted: Thu Oct 16, 2014 3:59 am 
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According to THG the idle noise seems somewhat similar (but i don't trust them at all when it comes to noise measurements!)

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/rad ... 655-5.html

IMVHO i'd pay the 15% plus for a better cooler, other reviews state that the royalking tends to run in the high 80° C range while under load.


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 Post subject: Re: Sapphire Ati radeon R9 280/280x/285
PostPosted: Thu Oct 16, 2014 4:29 am 
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Thanks for the reply, but my budget is stretched to the max as it is. I have rechecked the price and due to a discount, the difference is more like 25% now. :shock:

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 Post subject: Re: Sapphire Ati radeon R9 280/280x/285
PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 3:38 am 
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Hello

Have you gotten the sapphire card yet.

I have an r9 280x dual x on sale here at a store. Not clear about noise levels.

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 Post subject: Re: Sapphire Ati radeon R9 280/280x/285
PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 5:27 am 
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Hello,

No, I haven't got the card yet...I have the same problem : just not sure about the noise.
I think that the discount is available in every store worldwide.
This is exactly why I've started this thread.
I am prepared to wait up until Christmas to get it, so if you have any insight, post it here.

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 Post subject: Re: Sapphire Ati radeon R9 280/280x/285
PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 6:25 am 
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Yeah the prices are dropping due to GTX 970.

Considering between the Sapphire 280x or Power color 290 (dual fan) to upgrade 7750 Crosafire. May pull the trigger on 280x.

Crossfire works horrible. Don't try.

We'll see soon.


EDIT: Got a Sapphire r9 280 dual-x (not 280x as previously stated). We'll see when it arrives.

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 Post subject: Re: Sapphire Ati radeon R9 280/280x/285
PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2014 9:32 am 
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That's great news(for me at least). Please let me know how loud it is by spcr standards. All i'm interested in is idle noise(or lack of it to be exact).
If you can, try to eliminate all other idle noise sources except the gpu. By the way, what's your system's specs?
Also, some temps would be nice.

Thank you in advance& I hope you made the right choice, so I can make it too.

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 Post subject: Re: Sapphire Ati radeon R9 280/280x/285
PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2014 2:45 am 
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kopilu wrote:
That's great news(for me at least). Please let me know how loud it is by spcr standards. All i'm interested in is idle noise(or lack of it to be exact).
If you can, try to eliminate all other idle noise sources except the gpu. By the way, what's your system's specs?
Also, some temps would be nice.

Thank you in advance& I hope you made the right choice, so I can make it too.


Hi my system specs are in the link in my signature.

the r9 280 card has arrived. It's a Dual-X OC (product page). I removed 2x fanless HIS 7750 and installed the card. GPU-Z says the card is idling at 1550rpm.

Have to test further for noise...

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 Post subject: Re: Sapphire Ati radeon R9 280/280x/285
PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2014 3:36 am 
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Have done some tests with GPU-Z's built in render test. The Antec Solo II's rear fan is set to Low. At idle, I suspect the card turns off the fan. Unable to visually confirm, since casing is already closed. Casing is placed on the floor.

(edit) Ambient temp 29-31C.

Idle at desktop
300/150MHz
1550rpm
can't hear fan (edit): with my ear next to case

Youtube 1080p
500/1250MHz
1770rpm
can't hear fan (edit): with my ear next to case

GPU-Z built in render test
940/1250MHz
estimated 2000-2400rpm - annoying droning noise, which I can hear from where I sit.
estimated above 2400rpm - Mainly wooshing which sort of drowns out the droning. I can hear it from where I sit, though it's less annoying that the earlier droning noise.

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 Post subject: Re: Sapphire Ati radeon R9 280/280x/285
PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2014 9:52 am 
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When it comes to 290, definitely not good idea for quiet rig.. no matter what cooler. These cards just run way too hot, to be efficiently cooled by 2 slot coolers, at spcr grade noise levels. Idle is possible, but load, not a chance.

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 Post subject: Re: Sapphire Ati radeon R9 280/280x/285
PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2014 11:44 am 
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I'm glad to hear you are pleased with the noise of the card. If indeed the card turns the fans off in idle, that would be amazing.
The fact that the cooler is as quiet as a antec solo back fan( I have the exact back fan) is great news, but the rpm ratings worry me. I don't think that a fan spinning at 1500 rpm can be quiet...My nexus cpu fans are quite audible at that speed.
Anyway, if you are ocd about quiet PCs, and you are able to hear a antec true quiet fan on the low setting, I'll trust your findings.
Thanks a lot for the info.

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 Post subject: Re: Sapphire Ati radeon R9 280/280x/285
PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2014 3:20 pm 
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hi

have added notes above. When I mentioned "can't hear fan", I actually put my ear next to the case.

Have flipped the Solo II fan to Low specifically for this test.

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