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Sapphire Radeon HD 5870 1GB Vapor-X Video Card - Temperature and Sound Tests

New games, DirectX 11 and Windows 7. Let's see how the Vapor-X OC HD 5870 from Sapphire handles our new benchmark lineup.

| AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Nov 9, 2009 10:17 am
TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: SapphireTech

Temperature Tests

 

 

With the TES 1326 Infrared Thermometer literally in hand we found ourselves getting real-world temperatures from the products we test at load (3D clock speeds).

 

There are two places we pull temperature from - the back of the card directly behind the core and if the card is dual slot and has an exhaust point we also pull a temperate from there, as seen in the picture.

 

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Cooling is one of the main features that the Vapor-X offers. Compared to the standard HD 5870 we can see a 4c drop which translates to being almost 10% lower.

 


Sound Tests

 

 

Pulling out the TES 1350A Sound Level Meter we find ourselves quickly yelling into the top of it to see how loud we can be.

 

After five minutes of that we get a bit more serious and place the device two CM away from the fan on the card to find the maximum noise level of the card when idle (2D mode) and in load (3D mode).

 

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The lower temperatures also manage to come in with the card making no more noise. In this case it's actually a little quieter.

 

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