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PNY GTX 980 XLR8 Review

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PNY GTX 980 XLR8 Testing:

Temperature testing will be accomplished by loading the video card to 100% using Unigine Heaven Benchmark Version 4.0, with MSI Afterburner overclocking utility for temperature monitoring. I will be using a resolution of 1920 x 1080 using 8x AA and a five-run sequence to run the test, ensuring that the maximum thermal threshold is reached. The fan speed will be left in the control of the driver package and video card BIOS for the stock load test, with the fan moved to 100% to see the best possible cooling scenario for the overclocked load test. The idle test will involve a twenty-minute cooldown, with the fan speeds left on automatic in the stock speed testing and bumped up to 100% when running overclocked.



  • Monitoring with MSI Afterburner
  • Unigine Heaven 4.0 1920 x 1080 8x AA
  • 5-run sequence
  • 20-minute idle duration
  • Temperature measured in degrees Celsius





PNY's GTX 980 XLR8 delivers silent cooling at stock speeds. It easily outperforms the NVIDIA reference solution when the card is controlling the action of the fans. Now, when you ramp up the fan speeds it delivers thermal results about on par with the reference cooler. Where you see (hear in this case) the major difference is when you listen to the card. Tucked away in a chassis with a few fans running it is barely audible. NVIDIA did a good job with the noise of the reference cooler as well, but it is easily outclassed in the noise department by the GTX 980 XLR8.

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