That must be the reason that AMD said that Furmark damages graphics cards and doesn't represent real world applications.
This sounds more like Cover Our *** from AMD. Oops, we released reference card designs that had inadequate cooling when the cards are pushed hard...
I see similar temps from FFXIV as from Furmark...so I'd say I'm calling their bluff that it doesn't represent real world usage. We clearly have a video game that is capable of pushing cards hard to create a beautiful world. I'm not sure this is one we can blame on SE. Aren't video cards somewhat based on the idea that they will be pushed hard by future games - not just have to play old ones well?
EDIT: I guess I was probably wrong about Prime95 just ran it a little bit again at stock and the CPU stayed from 65-67°C, never breaking 70. I read that if your CPU can stay under 70 for Prime95 you're pretty good, however this brings me to believe I should keep my CPU at stock temps since it doesn't have aftermarket cooling.
Yes, you'd be wise to stay at the processor's spec'd clockspeed if you aren't using aftermarket cooling. Also, I'd say that under 70 is a bit of a generalization and the temp range you want to stay in will vary from AMD to Intel and also differently across product lines. You should be able to research your specific processor and find out what the recommend operating range is. Then you don't necessarily need to run Prime95 forever to test it, but make sure that Prime can run for at least 30 minutes without causing an auto shutoff and you can monitor it inside the recommended range. I find that 30min gets you to the 99.9% temperature and after that you usually see only smaller temp fluctuations so everyone should be at least trying that.
Note...I'm running a HD 5570 hard. And just enjoying that the game is playable and looks good. It's definitely running hot, but it's also running fanless so I'm making a tradeoff about cooling vs longterm life of my card. But I understand that putting a graphics card with just a heatsink and no fan, and then playing video games on it non-stop with limited system wide cooling available will potentially shorten the life of the card. It might also give me an excuse to by a higher end card if I can just kill this one :) Edited, Sep 29th 2010 8:25pm by NayliaMR