The tests were performed in a controlled air conditioned room with temperatures maintained at a constant 23c – 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 Direct CU III cooler performs well, holding gaming load at around 73c, just a single degree behind the Tri-X cooler fitted to the Sapphire model.
We install the graphics card into our system and measure temperatures on the back of the PCB with our Fluke Visual IR Thermometer/Infrared Thermal Camera. This is a real world running environment.
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We took a recording after 30 minutes of gaming in Witcher 3. The backplate on the R9 Fury helps to spread heat evenly across the full length of the PCB. Under extended load temperatures range between 43c and 48c. We took a recording after 30 minutes of gaming in Witcher 3.
The hottest part of the card is the exposed ‘GPU Fortifier’ area – which peaks around 72c under full load.