The tests were performed in a controlled air conditioned room with temperatures maintained at a constant 21c – 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 Rise Of The Tomb Raider for 90 minutes and measuring the peak temperature. We also have included Furmark results, recording maximum temperatures throughout a 10 minute stress test. All fan settings were left on automatic.
The MSI GTX 1080 Gaming X 8G runs in the mid sixties under gaming load and there will be times when idle or under lower load situations that the fans will disable completely. Below 60c the fans all switch off.
We install the graphics card into the 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 playing Rise Of The Tomb Raider for extended periods of time.
The back of the PCB holds at just below 52c under extended load, which is very cool. The heatpipes are the hottest part of the exposed card, running between 55c and 57c. The cooler is doing a fine job indeed.