The tests were performed in a controlled air conditioned room with temperatures maintained at a constant 24c – 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.
There is no doubt that the Sapphire R9 290X Tri-X OC has the advantage so far over all the other partner boards … holding the lowest load temperature of 68c when gaming. The Asus R9 290X Direct CU II OC holds a temperature of 79c under load with the companies default fan profile.