The tests were performed in a controlled air conditioned room with temperatures maintained at a constant 24c – 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 Sapphire card runs a couple of degrees cooler than the reference HD7950 when gaming. You may notice it is 2c hotter than our reference card when dealing with the synthetic stress test Furmark, but there is a reason why, which we explain on the next page.