Originally Posted by brunner
I've noticed that Vsync has a huge effect on fan noise and heat. When I'm just gaming with Vsync on, the 5870s hardly go above 80 degrees with minimal fan noise. However, during benching, either the cards will hit 90 F and throttle or I'll have to use a customized profile to drive up the fans to really loud levels.
Wow, you know this has never even crossed my mind before.
That's a great tip.
I run with vsync and triple buffering on at all times. Not allowing the card to render frames that can't be displayed in the first place seems like it would improve efficiency significantly.