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XFX Radeon HD 6870 Black Edition Review

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Temperature testing will be accomplished by loading the video card to 100% using the MSI Kombustor utility that is paired with MSI's afterburner overclocking utility for temperature monitoring. I will be using the stability test set to a resolution of 1920x1200 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 cards BIOS for the first test with the fan moved to 100% to see the best possible cooling scenario. The idle test will be a 20 minute cool down with the fan speeds left on automatic.


  • Monitoring with MSI Afterburner
  • GPU Stability test in MSI Kombustor
  • 15 minute load duration
  • 15 minute idle duration
  • Temperature Measured in degrees Celsius















Lower = Better


With the large dual fan cooling system included with this card, I would expect that the cooling capacities far exceed that of the stock cooler in both temperatures and noise pollution. In this case, those expectations are both met as the XFX HD 6870 Black Edition card gives eight degrees cooler temperatures under load at stock which is impressive given the fact that I couldn’t even hear the fans when I put my ear right next to the card. Even at 100%, the card's noise level is nothing next to the behemoth stock fans that adorn most graphics cards these days and the temperatures are still very competitive.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (Continued)
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  5. Testing: Aliens vs Predator
  6. Testing: Metro 2033
  7. Testing: Crysis Warhead
  8. Testing: Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
  9. Testing: Just Cause 2
  10. Testing: Unigine 2.1
  11. Testing: Battlefield Bad Company 2
  12. Testing: 3DMark 11
  13. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  14. Testing: Temperatures
  15. Testing: Power Consumption
  16. Conclusion
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