Report: graphics cards and thermal characteristics
by Damien Triolet
Published on April 20, 2010
GeForce GTX 260
Here we tested the original GeForce GTX 260, which is equipped with 192 scalar units and a GPU engraved at 65 nm. The card has a casing that extends over the back.
System in idle.
System in load.
Graphics card in idle.
Graphics card in load.
Although the casing reduces temperature readings, you have to recognise that with the GT200, NVIDIA has worked very hard on energy consumption in idle. This means that the GPU stays cool as does the card as a whole. In load things are obviously different. Note that the thermal images show very clearly the difference between the metal and plastic parts of the casing.
Temperature and noise level readings
50 °C for the GPU in idle is pretty good, much better than the Radeons and this benefits the whole system. In load however the card shows similar results to the competition, with however slightly higher noise levels.