Sapphire R9 290X Tri-X 8GB CrossFireX Review

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Temperatures


The cooling solution which graphics card vendors choose to implement is one of the main differences that consumers have to contend with when choosing a graphics cards. Apart from their acoustic properties, the thermal properties of graphics card coolers are extremely important. Lower temperatures are always better and with AMD and Nvidia opting to use dynamic overclocking algorithms that take temperature into account it is important that graphics card vendors use high performance cooling solutions in order to maximise performance. The era of graphics cards reaching dangerous temperatures are now in the past but the importance of lower temperatures still remains. Lower temperatures mean better stability, longer component longevity and lower fan speeds .We take temperature readings after 5 minutes of three different load scenarios: desktop idle, Furmark load and Unigine Heaven load. We always record actual temperatures and make a note of the ambient. In the case where more than 1 GPU is used an average is created.

Temps

So here we see the CFX configuration holding the middle of the pack. The two cards combined produced a little more heat than the single card, but due to the immense cooling solutions used, it was kept under control, showing just a difference of 8°c at full load between the single card and the CFX setup.

Article Index

  1. Introduction
  2. Test Systems and Procedures
  3. 3DMark
  4. Batman: Arkham Origins
  5. Battlefield 4
  6. Bioshock Infinite
  7. Hitman Absolution
  8. Metro Last Light
  9. Tomb Raider
  10. Unigine Valley
  11. Performance Summary
  12. Noise Levels
  13. Power Consumption
  14. Temperatures
  15. Final Thoughts
  16. View All

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