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Max safe temp for 24/7 folding on GTS 450

post #1 of 19
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I've been folding on my 450 for about a month almost 24/7. I'm just worried that folding might degrade my card over time. The temperature that it runs at when folding is normally around 62-64C. The max I've seen it hit was 67C.

Is this temperature ok to keep folding on? Also, I have a moderate OC on my card - 882/1764/1900 up from 782/1564/1800 (core/shader/mem) with voltage at 1.012V.
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Yeah this should be fine for constant folding. Gaming for long periods on some cards pushes temperatures to ~85c.

Obviously any use is going to shorten the use of the card but it should not be significant, however, as your card ages it may experience problems, but for the meantime I would think it will be fine and that you will need to upgrade your card well before it dies anyway.
 
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Folding doesn't do anything different than running a game that uses 99% of the GPU would do. You're simply doing it longer than you would play a game, as long as temps remain stable and don't skyrocket to 90-100 there's nothing to worry about.

And as the above poster said anything you do will shorten the cards life. But, it's not going to lower it from 6 years down to 3 days or anything like that.
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Whats the average "expected" life expectancy then? Just a rough value
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Whats the average "expected" life expectancy then? Just a rough value
There's no real definition, but it's logical to expect a well designed and well taken care of card to last many many years. Or any hardware in general for that matter.
post #6 of 19
when i play games, my gtx 460 se hits 65-70C and its overclocked... of course, and ill play a few hrs at that.

i believe the max safe temp is a little over 105C. but i personally dont like going over 95C. you could even try and help vent by putting a fan on the side of your case where the card is... if you havent already
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when i play games, my gtx 460 se hits 65-70C and its overclocked... of course, and ill play a few hrs at that.

i believe the max safe temp is a little over 105C. but i personally dont like going over 95C. you could even try and help vent by putting a fan on the side of your case where the card is... if you havent already
And WHY ARENT YOU FOLDING THAT CARD? CC Needs YOU!
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And WHY ARENT YOU FOLDING THAT CARD? CC Needs YOU!
He's new... prolly doesn't know about it... But yeah... fold boi, fold!!
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post #9 of 19
You are more than safe with temps below 70, the thermal max of your core is 95 according to this link which I imagine they got their info straight from Nvidia but this is just the first place that popped up on google. If you keep your card under 85 (because you don't want to be right at your thermal limit) then you will not have to worry about your temperatures being a factor in the lifespan of your card, that's not saying it won't fail in a few years or months even, but it won't be because of the temps you ran it at. Also just FYI I have a monster cooler on my 570 and my card folds at like 62-64 so you really are fine. You have atleast 15C of headroom before you even need to think about your GPU core temps, of course before you get there your VRMs will be overheating because you don't have anything but incidental airflow for them.
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hi shinigamibob
my palit gtx 460 1GB doesn't go over 80C with the proper fan profile even when oc'd; during the chimp challenge it got up to 84C @ 851 core, 2000 memory without changing stock voltage.
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