Testing & Performance
We’ll start out testing the MSI RTX 2080 Super Gaming X Trio plugged directly into the motherboard in typical fashion.
We see almost the same score with the MSI card mounted in LI-Heat’s kit. While the score *does* decrease 8 points, that makes up a statistically insignificant 0.07% change in score.
The next thing we want to do is show the thermal differences. This is running a stress test with the GPU mounted in the Li-Heat kit as pictured in the previous section. We got almost exactly the same results mounted regularly with no kit. Notice the peak temperature of 65C, with fans, ramped up to 31% and 40% respectively.
With the card mounted in the Cooler Master H500P Mesh Phantom Gaming Edition’s built-in Vertical Mounting position this puts the face of the GPU very close to the glass, and we see that reflected negatively.
Boost clocks fall a bit, and we see an 11C increase in card temps which is a huge leap.
We also see the fan speeds ramp up from 31/40% to 49/66% which brings fan RPM’s up 500-600 RPM and makes the card audible. This might look really nice, but starving the GPU of airflow is never a good thing.