Originally posted by idiotec
Well, it seems like it can just really depend. My 6800GT would load at 90+, but others would only load in the upper 70's with stock cooling. Sometimes it just seems like the luck of the draw.
I ended up getting the NV5 and it lowered my load temps to the mid 70's.
I guess the OC was contributing to the high temps. Were you running stock when you got 90C?
It actually does some to be a bit of "luck of the draw". I ran BF2 again with some 54 bots (well beyond the game's stable limit of 16) and I only hit a max of 84 C. There are probably plenty of factors like ambient temperature and such.
Hmpf, didn't realize those aftermarket GPU coolers actually make a significant difference. They just looked hot.
Still though, that fan must be hella loud, eh?
Heck, you could spend a cactus load of money and watercool it. Get some idle of like 42 C and a load of 46 C. The delta between idle and load is just so far reduced.
Were you able to OC any further with that arctic cooler?
Your case cooling is adequate. I think the artifacts were simply down to the card reaching is crap-out limit at that temperature. The random reboot was likely to be overheating. You did get a fantastic OC with air cooling. Be happy!