ECS GTX 460 Black Reviewccokeman -
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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 idle temperatures on the ECS are within a degree of the idle numbers on the Palit Sonic. That's where the similarity in temperatures ends as the load temperatures of the ECS Black are an amazing 7 degrees cooler under an overclocked, over volted testing cycle. The aftermarket cooling solution that is included with the ECS Black pays dividends much like the results delivered by the Inno3D GTX 470. This lower temperature should bring some peace of mind in a cramped case. Although, you will need good ventilation to prevent the heat dump from impacting your system temps.