To test power consumption we will be using a Kill-A-Watt meter. This will measure the entire system power draw at any given moment. We first run an idle test on the Windows 10 desktop at 1 hour of inactivity.
Then we run the 3DMark Time Spy stress test looped for 20 runs, this will put full load on our GPU and will give us a good idea of temperatures when gaming.
For our temperature testing we run two different tests. The first is idle with our system sitting on the Windows Desktop.
The second is running the 3DMark Time Spy stress test looped for 20 runs.
Noise level in any system is important, you never want your graphics card sounding like it is a jet engine! We will be using the RisePro sound level meter to measure the noise level of each graphics card. It is placed 6 inches away from the side of the card. The idle test is taken on the Windows 10 Desktop. Keep in mind that many of the card’s fans turn off during idle so many of the idle results will be the same.
We once again use the 3DMark Time Spy stress test looped for 20 runs to put full load on the GPU and get those fans running.