Exactly what it says on the tin. I benchmarked my sapphire 7950 OC which I overclocked from 900 to 1000 and 1500 mhz. I got a score of 1100+ something from heaven. I was just wondering if its good since this is my first rig and its my first time to run benchmarks and stuff.
BTW my GPU's temp goes to 55-60 (according to gpu-z) when its tasked to capacity, is that an okay temperature?
I would think a 7950 would give a better showing than that. I got a score of 1840 on Unigine Heaven 3.0 with 460's SLI.
Try 3DMark 11. It's mostly graphics score.
55-60C is OK for temps but 1 run of Unigine won't really run them at capacity.
3DMark11 is 7525 with a 2500K@4.2GHz and 2x460's clocked at 840/1680/2000.
I get way different readings on Unigine 2.5, 73FPS and 1840 score. And I run it at 1920x1080 and whatever the defaults are. 16xAF, High on the others, Tesselation normal.
You're in good shape then Freshbuilder. The temps you're seeing on your video card are absolutely normal. GPU's will get very hot and very loud when they're doing work. Those temps are well within what the card should be operating at!
It's not uncommon for air cooled video cards to get up to 80-85°F. Like any electronics, the cooler your system runs, the more efficient it will be and the longer lifespan you'll see form it's components.
Just as a general rule of thumb, if you start to notice your system acting strangely when you're running a game, turn down your overclock. This would include artifacts on the screen (random pixels and objects), performance that isn't consistent with what you're used to, or games crashing.
I wish I could tell you an exact temperature, but I simply don't want to steer you in a direction without knowing 100% that it's safe. If you're reaching temps above 70°F, you may wish to manually adjust your fan to bring the temps down. Modern GPU's are designed to run under extreme heat, but monitoring the cards performance will definitely help prolong it's life. And, in the end, the extra 3-4 FPS you gain from a more extreme OC isn't worth the risk of your card breaking down.