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PowerColor Devil 13 HD 7990 Review

ccokeman    -   September 16, 2012
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Testing:

Temperature testing will be accomplished by loading the video card to 100% using Unigine's Heaven Benchmark Version 3.0, with MSI's Afterburner overclocking utility for temperature monitoring. I will be using a resolution of 1920x1200 using 8xAA and a five-run sequence 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 involve a 20-minute cool-down, with the fan speeds left on automatic in the stock speed testing and bumped up to 100% when running overclocked.

Settings

  • Monitoring with MSI Afterburner
  • Unigine Heaven 3.0 1920x1200 8x AA
  • 5-run sequence
  • 20-minute idle duration
  • Temperature measured in degrees Celsius

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Temperature wise I was impressed with how cool the Devil 13 HD 7990 ran under load in both the stock and overclocked testing. Average temperatures of 72 °C under load at stock speeds and using the default fan profile is a significant improvement over the last generation HD 6990, even with its capacity to shed 400+ watts. The 550+ watt capacity of the cooling solution on the Devil 13 means you won't be cooking your card playing the latest games. Against the GTX 690 it is better on both counts, however the noise penalty at 100% fan speed is going to make the difference for some users.




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: PowerColor Devil 13
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  5. Testing: Metro 2033
  6. Testing: Batman: Arkham City
  7. Testing: Battlefield 3
  8. Testing: Unigine Heaven Benchmark 3.0
  9. Testing: Sid Meier's Civilization V
  10. Testing: DiRT 3
  11. Testing: Mafia II
  12. Testing: 3DMark 11
  13. Testing: Temperatures
  14. Testing: Power Consumption
  15. Conclusion
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