MSI N550GTX Ti 1GB Reviewairman - March 15, 2011
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Temperature testing will be accomplished by loading the video card to 100% using MSI Kombuster, which is paired with MSI Afterburner overclocking utility for temperature monitoring. I will be using the stability test set to a resolution of 1920x1200 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 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. For load testing the MSI N550GTX-Ti, I will use Crysis Warhead run at 2560x1600 using the Gamer setting with 8xAA looping the Avalanche benchmark scenario, as I have found this to put a load close to that of Kombuster on a video card.
- Monitoring with MSI Afterburner
- GPU Stability test in MSI Kombuster
- 15 minute load duration
- 20 minute idle duration
- Temperature measured in degrees Celsius
These graphs here are where the performance of the Cyclone II cooler really shines. At idle, we don't really see an impressive number, but when this card is loaded and that fan whirs up, the numbers really take off. The MSI N550GTX-Ti with the Cyclone II cooler had the coolest stock load temperature and the second coolest load overclocked temperature. That's very impressive!