If you want to configure your own fan profile, it is important to know how efficient the cooler is. You obviously want as much cooling as possible with low noise levels. To test this we measure with what fan profile the card is as close to 40 dB(A) as possible. After that we run 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme for 10 minutes and measure the maximum temperature of the card. For this we turn the temperature limit off, because this could affect the test results.
This is only an indication, meant to make it easier to compare the graphics cards. We run the tests on a test bench, meaning that the card could be cooler than when it is in a regular case. Based on this you should not expect to have the same results in terms of noise levels and cooling.
It turns out that Gigabyte has delivered one of the most efficient cooling cards. It remains the coolest, after the MSI card, at a fixed noise level of 40 dB(A), which required 47% fan speed. We're used to seeing Gigabyte struggle a bit here, however they've now shown that they can keep up just fine with the top dogs. Thanks to this improvement in cooling efficiency it's now possible to run this card nice and quietly, as we saw on the last page.
Do note: graphics cards with a different GPU cannot be compared directly in this test.