PowerColor Radeon HD 6870 PCS+ Call Of Duty Edition 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 stock load test, with the fan moved to 100% to see the best possible cooling scenario for overclocked load test. The idle test will be a 20 minute cool down with the fan speeds left on automatic in the stock speed testing and left at 100% when running the overclocked idle testing.
- 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
At default clocks the PowerColor PCS+ is seven degrees cooler at idle and two degrees cooler under load. When overvolted, the heat pipe cooling solution keeps the temperatures under 80 degrees Celsius when under a heavy graphics load.