For our temperature testing we run three different tests. The first is idle with our system sitting on the Windows Desktop. The second is our typical load, which we loop Heaven Benchmark for 30 minutes. Our third and final test is running Furmark for 15 minutes, which puts an extreme load on our GPU.
We will be using the Galaxy Audio CM130 Sound Pressure Level Meter to take sound level recordings from two spots around our test bench at both idle and load states.
Power consumption for a system is of course very important. To measure power consumption I used a killawatt meter. The idle test is taken on the Windows 7 desktop. The load test was taken running a loop of Heaven benchmark for 30 minutes.