Palit GTS 450 Sonic Platinum 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 all of the GTS 450 cards seem to do a good job keeping the load temperatures in check. The Arctic cooled Inno3D version has a significant edge in this comparison while the heat pipe based cooling solution used on the Palit comes in second for cooling efficiency. When cranked up to 100%, the fan is not that noisy by comparison but it is audible. If you are gaming with headphones on you will not hear it.