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Graphics card temperatures

Graphics card temperatures

So here we'll have a look at GPU temperatures. First up, IDLE (desktop) temperatures.


IDLE temperatures are always a tiny bit tricky to read out as Windows Aero could have an effect on this. Overall anything below 50 Degrees C is considered okay, anything below 40 Degrees C is very nice. We threw in some cards at random that we have recently tested in the above chart.

But what happens when we are gaming? We fire off an intense game-like application at the graphics card and measure the highest temperature of the GPU. 


So with the cards fully stressed we kept monitoring temperatures and noted down the GPU temperature.

  • The temperature under heavy game stress for the card stabilized at roughly 65 Degrees C. We note down the hottest GPU reading, not the average.
  • With two cards installed that is 67 Degrees C, again We note down the hottest GPU reading, not the average.
These tests have been performed with two fans installed in push-pull configuration on the radiator in a 21 Degrees C room temperature. 

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