Sapphire HD 6850 1GB Vapor-X Editionairman - October 2, 2011
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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 1920x1200 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 cooldown 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 1920x1200 8x AA
- 10-run sequence
- 20-minute idle duration
- Temperature measured in degrees Celsius
Here is a test where the Sapphire HD6850 Vapor-X really shines. Thanks to the Vapor-X cooling system, the card manages to really show off under a loaded GPU. Even with an overvolted core (1.225V vs a stock 1.1V), the overclocked and loaded temperature is the LOWEST of all of the comparison cards. In the same test, the other HD6850 recorded a temperature that was 10°C higher.