TemperaturesStill in the same casing, we took temperature readings for the GPU with an internal sensor:
Like the other GeForces we compared, the Asus GTX 560 DirectCU II TOP is well cooled in idle and also does pretty well in load.
Here’s what the infrared thermography imaging shows:
Asus GTX 560 DirectCU II TOP at idle
Asus GTX 560 DirectCU II TOP in load
These images show that the power stage is what heats up most. The temperatures in the order of 100 °C are within acceptable levels for cards that are factory overclocked significantly but pose no particular problem.
The Asus card doesn't expel any hot air from the casing, in contrast to the reference GeForce GTX 560 Ti, which does expel some. Also, you can see that the highest temperatures are in the area situated above the graphics card, at the level of the northbridge and CPU on the platform used here.