PowerColor 6850 PCS+ ReviewGeekspeak411 - November 23, 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 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 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
- 20 minute idle duration
- Temperature measured in degrees Celsius
Lower = Better
Temperatures were good at stock speeds as far as 6850s go. When overclocked the HD 6850 PCS+ stayed below 70 degrees Celsius under load sitting at 67C. That's a decent overclock with good temperatures which means more trouble free gaming performance at no extra cost.