Nvidia, Asus, Inno3D GTS 450 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
When it came to the cooling solutions on this trio of cards you had the reference solution that proves to be good enough to get the job done. The ASUS and Inno 3D both have non stock cooling solutions. The temperatures of the ASUS card seem high at idle but when you look at the clock speeds it is running right out of the box you can see why. The Inno 3D solution looks just like the Twin Turbo Pro used by ECS on its GTX 460 Black series card we just looked at and does an excellent job of cooling the core down and offered the lowest temperatures of the group both at idle and under load.