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 single fan copes well, holding gaming temperatures around 77c under extended load.
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 image above shows the Nvidia GTX 1080 remains relatively cool, thanks to the backplate. Load temperatures rise to give a reading of 66.7C under extended conditions. The backplate helps stop the build up of hot spots on the PCB which is exactly what we want to see.