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 20C/68F
At idle you can see the fans are about the hardest working device in the entire system with the hubs noticeable warmer than the rest of the card.
Our open test bench really doesn’t have any natural air flow so what little heat there is on the back of the card really isn’t dissipated, but most won’t consider temps in the mid 30C range much to even think twice about.
Zotac’s triple fan cooler doesn’t have much of an issue keeping the card cool under full load. The heatsink itself barely gets to 60C in the warmest spot with most of it averaging around 50-52C. The actual GPU die itself reports a peak temp of 64C to software utilities while stabilizing at around 1965MHz.
You can see the back of the card around the GPU die gets to a similar temp as reported in software while the back plate itself ends up about 15C cooler thanks to not being used to dissipate heat.