We take our noise measurements with the sound meter positioned 1 foot from the graphics card. I measured the sound floor to be 34 dBA, thus anything above this level can be attributed to the graphics cards. The power supply is passive for the entire power output range we tested all graphics cards in, while all CPU and system fans were disabled.
A reading under load comes from running the 3DMark Fire Strike Ultra stress test 20 times. An idle reading comes after leaving the system on the Windows desktop for 30 minutes.
Noise levels from this card are fantastic, with a peak reading of just over 40dB – making it quieter than the vast majority of aftermarket cards we have tested. The Founders Edition 2060 is only about 1dB louder, so it’s not much but the difference is noticeable.
ASUS still takes the top prize for quietest card, though, with it’s Strix 2060 – but either way, you’ll be hard pressed to hear this MSI Gaming Z once it is inside your case.