One important thing that we always look at when reviewing video cards is their operating temperatures. No one wants to be cooking their card inside of their system. We take idle temperature readings when the system is sitting idle on the Windows desktop.
Our first load test is a loop of Heaven Demo 4.0 for 30 minutes. This is a good representation of typical gaming conditions.
Our final test is FurMark’s 15 minute 1920 x 1080 benchmark. This puts the maximum load on the graphics card. Although most users would never put their cards under this much stress we like to include it in our tests.