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At full load at gaming, my i7 hits 80c and my GTX580 is nearing the maximum safe limit at 95c.

Now, I bet people are going to say refit the blocks. I don't think that this it the problem though because my radiators; a Swiftech MCR220 and an EK Coolstream 240, get extremely hot during gaming.

This makes me believe there is no problem getting the heat away from the chips, rather getting rid of the heat in to the air. I'm using 2 x AP-14's on the Swiftech and 1 x AP-14 + 1 x AP-15 on the EK radiator.

After a gaming session, my temperatures take AGES to get back to normal - talking about around half an hour.

Do I need better fans? Or more radiators? I have just enough room to add another 120mm radiator, but that's about it.
Edited by Outcasst - 5/3/11 at 2:56pm
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Those fans should be fine. If you put your hand on the other side of the RAD where the fans blow out, is the air coming out hot?
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The radiator fins could have a bunch of dust in there that needs to be blown out with a can of air. That would make your rads get hot.
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Those fans should be fine. If you put your hand on the other side of the RAD where the fans blow out, is the air coming out hot?
There is a breeze, it's not that strong when I put my hand over them. No where near the same amount as the rear exhaust fan which is an AP-15.

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The radiator fins could have a bunch of dust in there that needs to be blown out with a can of air. That would make your rads get hot.
Did that this morning. There's very little dust in there now.
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is the loop topped off?

Could be lack of liquid in the loop?
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is the loop topped off?

Could be lack of liquid in the loop?
The reservoir (XSPC Bay res) is about 90% full.
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Is the pump working properly?
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Is the pump working properly?
I imagine so. When I'm doing a prime run, which stresses the CPU only and not the GPU, the temperatures are perfectly acceptable. It's only when I stress the GPU problems start to happen. Which is why I'm thinking I don't have enough cooling power for the 580 as well.
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post #9 of 184
It's a good thing that your radiators are scolding the "hot".

It means they're doing their job.

Now, if they were "scalding hot", that would be a problem.

But since they're "Scolding hot", I don't see a problem.
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It's a good thing that your radiators are scolding the "hot".

It means they're doing their job.

Now, if they were "scalding hot", that would be a problem.

But since they're "Scolding hot", I don't see a problem.
Come on buddy, I think you know which one I'm talking about if you read the OP.

Also,

After a gaming session, my temperatures take AGES to get back to normal - talking about around half an hour.
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