Much exhaggerated. I also have a palit 1060 and the sappire vega is the same noise if not quieter when running the same rpm. If you are a noise connoiseur then you either drop it to water cooling or setup the case properly where they have voltage reduced fans to keep the noise down and use vibration dampening grommits etc. Personally I love a quiet setup but as it comes at a price I am happy to adjust it so that its not irritating but keeping the components cool. Just for reference I have both vega and 1060 mining @100% usage on a 30% fan speed and I cannot hear them over the case fans.