FLIR Thermal Imaging
We’ll start out with a big Thank You to FLIR for sending us the FLIR ONE PRO to assist in this segment of our reviews.
About the FLIR ONE PRO:
The FLIR ONE Pro gives you the power to find invisible problems faster than ever. Combining a higher-resolution thermal sensor able to measure temperatures up to 400°C with powerful measurement tools and report generation capability, the FLIR ONE Pro will work as hard as you do. Its revolutionary VividIR™ image processing lets you see more details and provide your customers with proof that you solved their problem right the first time. The updated design includes the revolutionary OneFit™ adjustable connector to fit your phone, without taking the phone out of its compatible protective case. An improved FLIR ONE app lets you measure multiple temperatures or regions of interest at once and stream to your smartwatch for remote viewing. Whether you’re inspecting electrical panels, looking for HVAC problems, or finding water damage, the new FLIR ONE Pro is a tool no serious professional should be without.
THERMAL IMAGING: HOW IT WORKS
Thermal cameras work by converting that heat energy, emitted or reflected by practically everything on earth, into color images. These color images enable anyone to not only see in total darkness and through smoke and haze but to also safely measure temperature without touching a surface. They are sensitive enough to differentiate temperature differences to fractions of a degree.
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Testing environment – approximately 23C/73F
We’re quite interested to see how thermals behave with the updated dual-fan cooler over the previous single fan ‘blower’ style coolers.
With our card at idle at the desktop hovering around 38C, we see the heatsink hovering around 33C. Since we are in the default ‘gaming mode’ on the performance BIOS, our fans never shut off so we see the fan hubs sitting around 36C.
The rear of the card runs slightly warmer with the back plate insulating more than cooling. Right over the VRM, we see temps of around 38C while the back plate itself sits around 334C.
Once we get running full tilt at around 65C core, we see the heatsink around 40C. the heavy copper PCB ASUS uses acts as a heat sink and we see the board around the NV-Link connector at 48.5C.
Looking at the back of the card, the PCB near the rear VRM segment just above 66C while the backplate itself is warming up to around 45C after half an hour. The frame segment near the center of the card is just above 56C thanks to the warm exhaust airflow.