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Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst   
Wednesday, 16 May 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
HIS HD7850 IceQ X Turbo X 2GB Video Card
Closer Look: HIS Radeon HD7850
HIS IceQ Turbo Detailed Features
Features and Specifications
VGA Testing Methodology
DX10: 3DMark Vantage
DX10: Street Fighter IV
DX11: Aliens vs Predator
DX11: Battlefield Bad Company 2
DX11: BattleField 3
DX11: Lost Planet 2
DX11: Tom Clancy's HAWX 2
DX11: Metro 2033
DX11: Unigine Heaven 2.1
HIS HD7850 IceQ X Turbo X Temperatures
VGA Power Consumption
HIS HD7850 IceQ X Turbo X Overclocking
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

HIS HD7850 IceQ X Turbo X Temperatures

Benchmark tests are always nice, so long as you care about comparing one product to another. But when you're an overclocker, gamer, or merely a PC hardware enthusiast who likes to tweak things on occasion, there's no substitute for good information. Benchmark Reviews has a very popular guide written on Overclocking Video Cards, which gives detailed instruction on how to tweak a graphics cards for better performance. Of course, not every video card has overclocking head room. Some products run so hot that they can't suffer any higher temperatures than they already do. This is why we measure the operating temperature of the video card products we test.

To begin my testing, I use GPU-Z to measure the temperature at idle as reported by the GPU. Next I use FurMark's "Torture Test" to generate maximum thermal load and record GPU temperatures at high-power 3D mode. The ambient room temperature remained at a stable 23°C throughout testing. FurMark does two things extremely well: drive the thermal output of any graphics processor higher than applications of video games realistically could, and it does so with consistency every time. Furmark works great for testing the stability of a GPU as the temperature rises to the highest possible output. The temperatures discussed below are absolute maximum values, and not representative of real-world performance.


As previously stated my ambient temperature remained at a stable 23°C throughout the testing procedure, the cooler is very efficient and a heavy load from FurMark raises the temperature from 28°C idle (20% fan speed), to 61°C load with an automatic fan speed of 45%. Putting the fan on manual and cranking it up to 100% saw the temperature drop to 57°C. The noise level is tolerable, loud but not too loud. Your mileage will vary; everyone has their own tolerance levels. The default profile is very well balanced, and cranking the fan to 100% gives us a 4°C reduction in load temperature. At such low temperatures you are best to just leave the fan on auto and let the IceQ X cooler do its thing.

In the next section we will look at power consumption figures, let's go.



# Settings are unclearcatleap 2013-02-17 11:56
The text above the benchmark results says "Extreme Settings: (High Quality, Normal Tessellation, 16x AF, 4x AA)".

However the actual benchmark image states you are using 8xAA. So which AA setting are you using for these tests?

Also, why did you do a cost analysis for 1680x1050 and not 1080p?
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