The tests were performed in a controlled air conditioned room with temperatures maintained at a constant 25c – a comfortable environment for the majority of people reading this.
Idle temperatures were measured after sitting at the desktop for 30 minutes. Load measurements were acquired by playing Crysis Warhead for 30 minutes and measuring the peak temperature. We also have included Furmark results, recording maximum temperatures throughout a 30 minute stress test. All fan settings were left on automatic.
The cooler performance is pretty good, for a reference solution anyway. The card hovers around 80c when playing games, and this rises to 88c when loaded with the synthetic Furmark test. We look forward to (not) hearing some third party cooling solutions in the coming months from Sapphire, XFX and other AMD partners.AMD HD7970 Graphics Card Review,