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June 15, 2011, 01:07:41 AM
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I am thinking of adding another mining rig. Unfortunately, I don't have any more space / amps left in the room that I use as my home office. The only place left is the bedroom, but I need to be able to sleep too!

I already have a setup with 2 x 6970 (reference design with 1 fan), and there is no way I could sleep through the noise. I also have a 2 x 5830 which seems just as loud. What I want to know is if anyone has tried mining with the 2 or 3 fan 6970 cards? Are they significantly quieter than the reference cards?

If so, any particular model you could recommend?

Thanks.
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June 15, 2011, 01:51:52 AM
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depends on the model. Reference designs are usually quite loud, especially the hamster wheel style fans. Non-reference coolers, like the ones that sapphire or asus makes are a quieter. The best advice i can give you is go to review sites, and compare the decibels (db) of each card. I would want to keep it below 70 db. which is the "EPA-identified maximum to protect against hearing loss and other disruptive effects from noise, such as sleep disturbance, stress, learning detriment, etc." (wikipedia)

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June 15, 2011, 02:52:43 AM
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Also, keep in mind that unless you have some cooling setup, it can get pretty hot. Practically got heatstroke a while back :\
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