MSI N460GTX Hawk 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 cooling solution on the MSI N460GTX is the Twin Frozer design and is a very stout cooling solution. Surprisingly, the heatpipe based solution on the Palit Sonic GTX460 keeps the silicon a little cooler at idle speeds. Fan speed is everything here so this is one possible reason for this. However, when the fan speed is ramped up to 100 percent for the overclocked testing, the strengths of the Twin Frozer design prove that it is a better solution than the one used by Palit. With dual fans, it creates some noise but is not overly loud. It is noticeable when you ramp up the fan speeds though.