In the past, we didn’t dedicate an entire page to video card temperatures, but since it seems that it has become an area of concern among enthusiasts and gamers, it will now be included. Using ATI Catalyst Control Center and GPU-Z to monitor the temperatures we were able to track the temperatures of the cards at idle and load.
With the ATI Tool open, the video card was rendering the object in the picture above and put a significant load on the graphics card. Each card was tested like this in a room that was 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Let’s take a look to see how the GeForce 9600 GT video cards do against other ATI Radeon HD and GeForce 8 series graphics cards.
Benchmark Results: The Palit GeForce 9600 GT Sonic edition was by far the coolest card that we have tested to date. Palit has done a great job with the cooling solution and the dual slot cooler is awesome. With an idle temperature of 35C and a load temperature of 52C the Palit GeForce 9600 GT now leads the pack when it comes to cooling. The EVGA and XFX GeForce 9600 GT video cards scored nearly the same at 40C idle and 65C load, which isn’t too bad for a single slot card, but they were 25% hotter than the Palit version.