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 cooler handles the job well, holding a 66c load when gaming although the Gigabyte GTX 980 G1 Gaming manages 62c in the same circumstances.
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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The backplate on the MSI GTX980 Ti delivers great results, ensuring there are really no hotspots across the full length of the card. Our thermal imaging camera shows that the hottest part of the card are the thick heatpipes which emerge at the top edge. These are showing temperature spikes around 58c under extended load – which are fantastic results.