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.
It doesn't come as any real surprise that the little fan doesn't do as good a job when it comes to cooling the card. Compared to the Sapphire version and its Arctic Cooling fan, the numbers don't look great at all. Of course, 56c isn't anything too worrying.
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).
Not only does the card run hotter, but it also manages to make more noise.