Sapphire HD 6970 FleX Battlefield 3 Edition Reviewairman -
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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
I was very impressed to see the temperatures on this card and was rewarded with a nice feeling of knowing that the coolers for these cards are improving! The comparison HD 6970 card uses the reference, blower-style cooler. Sapphire's FleX edition uses VaporX technology (basically a two-dimensional heatpipe) as its base, with other heatpipes scattered about the cooler as well (see Closer Look page). Compared to the other HD 6970, this card keeps cool!