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Noise, Heat Dissipation and 2D Image Quality

When we started the system for the first time, we got truly perplexed: the noise was simply unbearable! It was so noisy that we sincerely felt like comparing it to the “legendary” NVIDIA FlowFX system. Unfortunately, since we didn’t have the reference GeForce FX 5800 in our lab at that moment, we couldn’t find out which one of them was louder. But the high-quality wailing of the two fans can hardly be considered harmless for one’s ears.

A little while later the GDDR-II memory showed its “hot” temper. Both, the front and the back heatsinks got tangibly warm, and after about half an hour of testing the thermal sensor indicated that they got up to 60oC. All this was accompanied by worried beeping of the electronic thermometer set to this temperature.

Well, Club3D Volari Duo V8 Ultra cannot be called a cold graphics solution. By using it in your system you threaten the thermal conditions inside the PC case quite severely.

As for 2D image quality, we didn’t find any issues about it: it was up to the already existing standard. The picture was very clear in all resolutions up to 1600x1200x75Hz. However, a lot also depends on the monitor and the quality of the cable connecting it to the graphics adapter.

Drivers and Settings

We used the last version of the official drivers – XGI Reactor v1.01.51, which is available for free download on the company’s official web-site. When we installed the drivers Volari Tray icon appeared in the system tray. By clicking it you can access the following settings:

On the Application page you can access such functions as screen menu and hot keys, and get the info about the active AGP mode, enable multiple desktops support and launch PowerManager application:

This utility is intended for monitoring of the graphics card critical parameters and adjusting the fan rotation speeds. On the first launch of this utility the second fan suddenly stopped, which immediately told on the temperature of the graphics processor located closer to the end of the PCB. After the temperature of the second VPU reached 50 degrees, we had to close this utility and remove it from the memory, which immediately brought the second fan back to life.

Unfortunately, the option of determining the fan rotation speed is inactive yet or works incorrectly. The scales, which are supposed to reflect the status of these parameters stayed gray, and only a few times a green column appeared on one of them. PowerManager Monitor page reports about the type, family and working frequency of the CPU in the system.

 
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