The tests were performed with the temperature maintained at a constant 23°C. Idle temperatures were measured after sitting at the desktop for 15 minutes. Load measurements were taken while converting an MKV file to MP4 format using Handbrake, representing a heavy but realistic work-load.
As well as load and idle measurements, we recorded system temperatures while playing a 1080P MKV movie and when running Dirt Showdown at 1920 x 1080.
We allowed the CPU cooler to operate at its default settings.
Temperatures of the ULV Core i7 processor didn’t reach levels of concern. Topping out at 73°C under a particularly heavy realistic load, cooling worries are unlikely to be an issue for the BRIX thanks to Gigabyte’s well-designed chassis and ventilation system.