I didn't know there were two versions of the card, but in no way did I find this card loud. You can see the system specs here, but not once during benchmarking did I find the card to be noticably loud - but I do at times with the reference version of the card. If I'm able to make time, I'll install the card again later and put my ear closer to it, or turn off everything else in the room, to see if it makes a difference.
I am doubtful the cards going to be close to as bad as the reference card though, much less any worse.
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