Gigabyte Aorus GeForce RTX 3080 XTREME review

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Graphics card temperatures

Graphics card temperatures

So here we'll have a look at GPU temperatures. First up will be IDLE (desktop) temperatures as reported through the software on the thermal sensors of the GPU. Overall anything below 50 Degrees C is considered okay, anything below 40 Degrees C is admirable. We add some other cards at random that we have recently tested in the 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 card fully stressed we kept monitoring temperatures and noted down the GPU temperature as reported by the thermal sensor. These tests have been performed with a 20~21 Degrees C room temperature, this is a peak temperature based on a GPU stress loop.

Long Duration Stress Temperature and GPU Throttling clock

Before we start benchmarking, we always heat up the card. During the looped heat up a sequence of at least 15 minutes GPU gaming load, we observe at what dynamic clock the GPU will throttle at 1950~2000 MHz threshold once the GPU has warmed up. 


Perf BIOS mode (default) The temps here close in at 65  Degrees C for this massively overclocked model, there is an acoustic compromise made here though.




Above Silent BIOS mode. here your temps drop to roughly 69 Degrees C under heavy load. Acoustics now runs at roughly 38 DBa (which is okay). We advise the default silent BIOS mode. However, SILENT mode offers a tiny bit less performance is opposed to a 1905 MHz boost clock it now sits at 1815 MHz with ~ 25W lower power consumption as well. You can also notice the measured boost now to be ~100 MHz lower compared to performance mode.

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