We’re testing idle and load temperatures, in addition to noise levels. The graphics load we’re using is the brutal FurMark stress test at 8x AA.
The Shaman is benchmarked against products from our recent VGA cooler roundup, including the Arctic Cooling Accelero XTREME Plus, the Zalman VF3000, the DeepCool V6000, and the reference GeForce GTX 480 cooler.
All sound and noise tests are recorded in an open test bed. Results always change on a per-case basis, as every type of chassis has its own unique airflow. Noise results are recorded with a decibel meter positioned two inches above the graphics card.
|Motherboard||Asus M4A785TD-V EVO|
Socket AM3, AMD 785G, BIOS 0410
|Processor||Phenom II X4 970|
3.5 GHz, Quad-Core, 6 MB L3 Cache
|CPU Cooler||Cooler Master Hyper TX3|
Dual-Channel 2 x 2048 MB, 669 MHz, CAS 9-9-9-24-1T
|Graphics||GeForce GTX 480|
700/1401 MHz GPU/Shaders, 924 MHz GDDR5 Memory
***all clock rates set to reference specifications for the purposes of benchmarking***
|Hard Drive||Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB|
7200 RPM, 32 MB Cache SATA 3Gb/s
|Software and Drivers|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 7 x64|
|DirectX Version||DirectX 11|
|Graphics Drivers||GeForce 258.96|
|FurMark||Version: 1.6.5, Stability Test - Xtreme Burning Mode, 8x AA|