Past few days I have been having full system lockups while gaming in Bad Company 2. I updated my drivers and decided I should run HWMonitor to see how the temperatures were doing.
I can't even recall the CPU Temperatures, though, I am not concerned .. because what caught my eye was nerve racking enough.
After playing GTA IV for about 20 minutes, I checked HWMonitor to see my GPU Temperature sitting at 100* C. The highest it got was 102* C.
Since then, I have been running the GPU Fan at 100%. (And yes, the GPU fan is clean like it's brand new). Doesn't matter, every game I play, within minutes the temperature will sit between 95*C - 99*C @ 100% Fan Speed.
I am suspecting this is the cause for my lockups, and since I have been keeping track of the temps, the lockups keep getting more repetitive and swift. (Crashed, restarted computer, went into different game, crashed again 40 seconds later).
Of course, I do love BFG-Tech for their awesome service so I got an RMA # today and will be uninstalling it from the PC probably on Sunday and shipping it out to them on Monday. It will suck not having my PC for a few weeks, but whatever.
// In the back of my mind, I am hoping they have no stock of the GTX 280 OCX's so I get a GTX 285.
Rep told me due to no longer producing GTX 280's anymore, they may not have stock of the OCX so they will send me, most likely, a GTX 285 OC. I guess it kinda makes this problem worth while .. but still bothersome.