ASUS ENGTX580 DirectCU II Reviewccokeman -
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Temperature testing will be accomplished by loading the video card to 100% using Crysis Warhead with MSI's Afterburner overclocking utility for temperature monitoring. I will be using a resolution of 1920x1200 using 8xAA. I will use a 10-run sequence 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 stock load test, with the fan moved to 100% to see the best possible cooling scenario for the overclocked load test. The idle test will be a 20-minute cooldown with the fan speeds left on automatic in the stock speed testing and bumped up to 100% when running the overclocked idle and load testing.
- Monitoring with MSI Afterburner
- Crysis Warhead 1920x1200 8x AA
- 10-run sequence
- 20-minute idle duration
- Temperature measured in degrees Celsius
Lower = Better
One of the main reasons for the existence of the ENGTX580 DirectCU II video card is to address the cooling and noise created by the reference design cards. The dual 100mm fans blow enough air through the heat sink assembly to let the card finish the temperature testing as the coolest running card in its class. At stock speeds, it is better than the reference design by 8 degrees Celsius and is 18 degrees Celsius better under load when overclocked and overvolted.