ASUS GTX570 DirectCU II EditionGeekspeak411 -
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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 1920 x 1200 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 cool down 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 1920 x 1200 8X AA
- 10-run sequence
- 20-minute idle duration
- Temperature measured in degrees Celsius
Lower = Better
Given the huge size of this card, thermals need to be second to none in order to be justified. Luckily for ASUS, the gamble paid off and the temperatures are excellent in every single test but the last, in which I am willing to forgive given the ridiculous overvoltage and overclock I am pushing through. Very, very, very good showing, but does it justify the size? That's for the consumer to decide — for me, I would definitely pick one up.