Thermals and Noise
In idle, the card’s fans are switched off, making the card silent. Gigabyte implemented Nvidia’s new feature Fan Stop Mode on the G1 Gaming card:
Our measurements can confirm that in idle the GPU temperature of the G1 Gaming stays below 36 degrees Celsius, and the card is totally silent. Two LED indicators are placed on the top to signalize of whether the fans are spinning or not.
The huge heatsink with three fans is able to keep the temperature below 69 degree Celsius, and the cooler stays very silent (note how G1 Gaming works at very high Boost clock of 1455MHz) . However, all GTX 960 card we saw until now are more or less silent during load. The G1 Gaming really shows what it’s made of once you overclock it and realize that it is still very quiet.