Since video card temperatures and the heat generated by next-generation cards have become an area of concern among enthusiasts and gamers, we want to take a closer look at how the EVGA GeForce GTX 560 SC Video Card did at idle and under a full load.
EVGA GeForce GTX 560 SC Video Card Idle Temperature:
EVGA GeForce GTX 560 SC Video Card Load Temperature:
As you can see from the screen shots above, the idle state of the EVGA GeForce GTX 560 SC Video Card drops the GPU core clock frequency down to 50.6MHz and the memory clock down to 135MHz to help conserve power and lower temperatures. At idle the EVGA GeForce GTX 560 SC Video Card got all the way down to 33 degrees, the lowest of any cards I have reviewed.
We fired up AvP and ran it at 1920×1080, which was enough to put the GPU core at 100% load in order to get the highest load temperature possible.
EVGA GeForce GTX 560 SC Video Card AvP Load Temperature:
The temperatures here were fairly consistent with the other cards tested during a full load, but during idle the EVGA GeForce GTX 560 SC idled at almost 10 degrees less than the other two cards used in the testing. I was really surprised by this because the EVGA GeForce GTX 560 SC we are using is a reference model and the Radeon 6870 has a custom cooler on it and the Radeon 6850 is a retail version of the card. Usually these tests go the other way around.