Inno3D GTX 470 Hawk Reviewccokeman - May 20, 2010
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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 cards BIOS for the first test, with the fan moved to 100% to see the best possible cooling scenario. 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 Inno3D GTX 470 Hawk uses an in house design for the cooling solution that uses three PWM controlled fans. It's obvious from looking at the load temperatures, that the cooling solution works as intended. While noise was not measured, the fact of the matter is I never heard the fans ramp up high enough to be noticeable. Maybe in a quiet room with a silent case you could hear the fans, but in a real life, normal noise environment, noise was a non issue. This is part of the reason for this cards existence, t it fills the need for a lower noise, higher performance cooling solution. It does this with lower overclocked load temperatures than any of the cards shown, except for the Toxic HD 5850.