Fan is at 46% right now according to EVGA's monitoring app. At 57% it's clearly louder than any other fan/noise than the room, at 100% (which thankfully it's never gone to, but that might change come Summer), it's much louder than my old Radeon 6950. My 4870 I think was louder though, it's been a while.
It's not bad at all at it's idle speed, I'm just trying to balance rei's comment and say that AMD isn't loud by default, and I'm guessing the 470 being discussed is louder than normal. Just like according to you guys my 1060 is louder than normal.
But you know, someone says this thing is loud and everyone just agrees, "yep, they're all loud." When these people have had like one AMD video card 10 years ago.
The Radeon RX 480 does really well under load. During our gaming loop, it’s no louder than Nvidia's reference GeForce GTX 1070. This is in spite of its higher power consumption, simpler cooling solution and more mainstream construction.
I picked Tom's because they don't go easy on AMD like Anandtech. Here's the ASUS Strix 470, which uses a different fan layout and a little more aggressive overclocking.
A result of 37.1 dB(A) is fairly high compared to many similar graphics cards. Fortunately, the Strix RX 470's acoustic output spans the entire spectrum and doesn’t include a lot of gear or motor noises. The voltage converters don’t really make their presence known either. Then again, that could be due to the cooling fan's noise drowning out other sounds.
Picking the right card matters if you care about noise, not Green team or Red team.