NVIDIA GTX 580 Reviewccokeman - November 9, 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 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 temperatures delivered by the GTX 580 are an indication of the refinement of the Fermi architecture that has taken place since its introduction seven months ago. Both idle and load temperatures are much better. But to put that into context, the testing method used to test the GTX 580 was slightly different as well. How so? In the drivers as well as in the power monitoring hardware, NVIDIA has set this card up so that you cannot run a traditional stress test such as Furmark, Kombustor or OCCT. When one of these applications are used, the power usage is throttled and you get much lower temperatures and power consumption than you normally see in this kind of test. Run a stressful game and the temperatures and power consumption reach levels you would expect from this card. This is kind of disappointing as I have not killed a video card yet using these utilities but our stress testing matrix will need to be modified.