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Old 03-04-2009, 07:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How can I cool my GPU? Running 100*C load!

I've noticed recently that my GPU temperatures are skyrocketing to 100*C under load while gaming.

When idle, or doing general computer stuff like internet surfing my GPU runs nice and cool at about 57-60*C.

I have an EVGA 8600GT oc'd using ATITool to 680 Core and 810 Memory. It has been stable since first ocing it and only remember the temps getting to around 80-85*C under load.

I made sure all case fans are running and faithfully keep the case clean of dust.

Do I need to turn down my oc a bit, or is my card losing life?
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Default Re: How can I cool my GPU? Running 100*C load!

You can try taking the heatsink off and cleaning the card (and heatsink assembly). Re-apply some thermal paste and reassemble everything.

If that doesn't help then lower your OC and start looking for an aftermarket heatsink.
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Default Re: How can I cool my GPU? Running 100*C load!

Depending on your budget, a better case with more airflow. But as mentioned, give a thorough cleaning, make sure all the cat hair and dust is out of the cooler and fan.

[edit] Make sure your fan speed is up, i use rivatuner to ensure fans are running at high rpm.
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Default Re: How can I cool my GPU? Running 100*C load!

Thanks for the replies. Those are some good suggestions. I built my brother his computer and picked out the Antec 900 for his setup. Excellent air flow with that case.

However, right now my budget isn't one that has much room for upgrade to the computer system unfortunately.

I will check out Newegg for price check on GPU heatsinks. Is there a particular kind I need to look for to be compatible with my card? Do they come with paste already, like some CPU heatsinks? If I need to buy paste seperate, do you have any product referrals?
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[edit] Make sure your fan speed is up, i use rivatuner to ensure fans are running at high rpm.
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If it's running too hot, maybe you should tone down the overclock?
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You could go with some LN2 Tek-9 Slims.
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That should chill your GPU nicely.
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Uh yeah...that should do it. :P
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Newegg.com - ARCTIC COOLING ACCELS1 Rev 2 VGA Cooler - VGA Cooling

paired with this

Newegg.com - APEVIA CF12S-UBL 120mm Case Fan - Case Fans

and four zip ties and you have a great cooler. I'm running it on my card right now.
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