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. These results are taken with the system built inside the Bitfenix Colossus .
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.
I was completely shocked with how cool this MSI Cyclone runs, even when under load. After gaming I was able to remove the card almost immediately with the PCB only feeling warm to the touch. When stressing in Furmark the card heats up by another 7 degrees Celcius to 56c. The MSI Cyclone cooler is really an impressive design and thanks to the low heat output of the 450 design, the PCB isn’t radiating alot of heat into the chassis.