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Temperature testing will be accomplished by loading the video card to 100% using MSI Kombuster which is paired with MSI's afterburner overclocking utility for temperature monitoring. I will be using the stability test set to a resolution of 1920 x 1200 using 8xAA. I will use a 15 minute time frame to run the test ensuring that the maximum thermal threshold is reached. The fan speed will be left in the control of the driver package and video card's BIOS for the first test, with the fan moved to 100% to see the best possible cooling scenario for overclocking. The idle test will be a 20 minute cool down with the fan speeds left on automatic.


  • Monitoring with MSI Afterburner
  • GPU Stability test in MSI Kombuster
  • 15 minute load duration
  • 15 minute idle duration
  • Temperature Measured in degrees Celsius











Lower = Better


The ASUS ENGTX460 TOP runs on the warmer side compared to the other cards, now this may have something to do with the voltages and higher clock speeds. However, I would have thought that the heatsink using ASUS' DirectCU technology would have helped bring the temperatures down a little more than it did.

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