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Sapphire R7 370 Nitro Review

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Sapphire R7 370 Nitro Testing:

Temperatures:

Temperature testing will be accomplished by loading the video card to 100% using Unigine Heaven Benchmark Version 4.0, with MSI Afterburner overclocking utility for temperature monitoring. I will be using a resolution of 1920 x 1080 using 8x AA 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 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 twenty-minute cooldown, 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 4.0 1920 x 1080 8x AA
  • 5-run sequence
  • 20-minute idle duration
  • Temperature measured in degrees Celsius

 

 
 

 

 

Power Consumption:

Power consumption of the system will be measured at both idle and loaded states, taking into account the peak voltage of the system with each video card installed. I will use Unigine Heaven Benchmark version 4.0 to put a load onto the GPU using the settings below. A fifteen-minute load test will be used to heat up the GPU, with the highest power usage recorded as the final result. The idle results will be measured after fifteen minutes of inactivity on the system with the lowest recorded power usage as the final result.

Settings

  • Unigine 4.0 Heaven Benchmark
  • 1920x1080 resolution
  • 8x AA
  • 15-minute load test
  • 15-minute idle test
  • Measurement is in watts

 

 
 

 

 

The thermal results Sapphire's R7 370 Nitro is capable of delivering are thanks to the large size dual heat pipe-based cooling solution that sits hidden up under the dual fan shroud. In both the stock and overclocked load tests the temperatures were right in the ballpark of its capabilities and ran almost dead silent at stock fan speeds. Ramping the fan speed up gets the noise level up, but not to a point where it is really audible outside the chassis. Run this way, the R7 370 is cooler running than the R9 270 and delivers load temperatures at close to 50 °C. Pretty nice work by Sapphire here.

Sapphire's R7 370 delivers excellent comparable power consumption metric as a lower powered card. This is an impressive feat for an AMD card as they usually will favor higher power consumption to get the job done than many of NVIDIA's cards. In this power test, only the GTX 750 was more current friendly.




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