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 these cards generate heat under load.
With the ATI Tool open, the video card was rendering the object in the picture above at an average 1073 frames per second. This object puts the GPU at 99% load, which is great for heating up the card. We let it run for half an hour and it was enough to get the GeForce 9800 GTX up to 69 degrees Celsius from 54 degrees Celsius. It should be noted that this was done on the open test bench with the motherboard laying flat, so expect slightly higher temperatures with the card installed in a case. Let’s take a look to see how the GeForce 9800 GTX does against other graphics cards.
Benchmark Results: The GeForce 9800 GTX does really good at load temperatures compared to the GeForce 8800 GTX. It’s obvious that the GeForce 9800 GTX has a better cooling solution.