Sapphire HD 6950 Flex Edition Reviewccokeman - April 3, 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 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 1920x1200 8X AA
- 10-run sequence
- 20-minute idle duration
- Temperature measured in degrees Celsius
Lower = Better
The idle temperatures delivered by the VaporX cooling solution were not the lowest at idle, but did a great job at delivering excellent temperatures under load in both the stock and overclocked tests. The noise from this cooler was not as quiet as I normally hear with this solution from Sapphire. When the cooler is controlled automatically, the card stays almost inaudible, but when the fan speed is bumped up, it is audible over the case fans.