PowerColor HD6950 PCS+ Reviewgotdamojo06 - May 24, 2011
Temperature testing will be accomplished by loading the video card to 100% using Crysis Warhead with MSI's Afterburner overclocking utility for temperature monitoring. I will be using a resolution of 1920 x 1200 using 8xAA. I will use a 10-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 be a 20-minute cool down with the fan speeds left on automatic in the stock speed testing and bumped up to 100% when running the overclocked idle and load testing.
- Monitoring with MSI Afterburner
- Crysis Warhead 1920 x 1200 8X AA
- 10-run sequence
- 20-minute idle duration
- Temperature measured in degrees Celsius
Lower = Better
The overclocked load testing showed that only the Sapphire HD6950 Flex Edition was able to be cooler than the HD6950 PCS+. However during the overclocked testing when the voltages were increased as well as the clock speeds, the HD6950 PCS+ did become quite a bit hotter than the competition, but then again it did have the higest GPU clock speed by about 30MHz.