Report: graphics cards and thermal characteristics
by Damien Triolet
Published on April 20, 2010
Radeon HD 6850
The Radeon HD 6850 is relatively short, between the Radeon HD 5770 and the Radeon HD 5850. In fact it uses a similar cooler to the one used in the stock design of the first of these: a relatively small heatsink with a turbine that expels hot air out of the casing via a small vent.
System at idle.
System in load.
Graphics card in idle.
Graphics card in load.
Although a little hotter in idle than other recent Radeons, the Radeon HD 6850 is pretty well cooled, including in load.
Temperature and noise readings
The readings of the different sensors confirm the images obtained through infrared thermography: the Radeon HD 6850 heats up relatively little, remains quiet in idle and isn’t noisy in load. Note that the air expelled is pretty hot in spite of this.