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8800GT broke 108C last night while playing The Witcher 2.

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I played the game for around two hours. And yes, I do control the fan manually. It was 108C with the fan at 100%.

The ambient temperature was around 25C. The CPU was pushing into the mid-50s (though it wasn't exactly maxed out or anything).

Yet, oddly enough... no artifacting whatsoever.

I haven't exactly taken apart the 8800GT, but from what I can tell, it's not caked in dust. The fan has a bit smidge of dust on it, but that is all, really.

This card has been topping over 100C when gaming for the last eighteen months or so, and it's still solid as a rock. However, I plan to upgrade to a GTX 560 Ti by next week.

I am simply amazed. These cards can take quite a punishing.

I think the amount of hard drives and such in my system are probably blocking the air that flows through the front, so I may have to practice better cable management...
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post #2 of 35
It should throttle at 105°c, did you not notice throttling?

Maybe replace the TIM, especially if the original application is still being used.
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post #3 of 35
More than likely all the dust that's not on the fan is wedged inside the heatsink. Open it up, clean it out, and while you're there, replace the TIM on the heatsink. Just be wary of the thermal pads, they will be very delicate by now, they were on the 8800 I did last year., Replace those if you have a source for them, or keep them intact if not.
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post #4 of 35
8800's R legend

EDIT: take it apart and stick it on again with some TIM after a good cleaning, and if you want, leave the side of your case off.
Edited by DTK - 5/29/11 at 12:49pm
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fan is probably giving out soon.
    
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post #6 of 35
should of got some bacon on it. would of been done in no time
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Quote:
Originally Posted by koooowweeee View Post
should of got some bacon on it. would of been done in no time
Thats not a bad idea, especially if you have a backplate on the videocard, now that would make for an awesome cooking surface, wow I can't believe I'm actually serious about it too haha_
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post #8 of 35
Quote:
Originally Posted by koooowweeee View Post
should of got some bacon on it. would of been done in no time


Few things that can be the culprit here.

1. TIM is really dry.

2. Dust clogged into the fan.

3. Fan is dying.

1 and 2 are really easy to solve and take no more than a few minutes of labor. Just take the GPU heatsink off, give it a NICE clean, and replace the old TIM.
post #9 of 35
Now I want bacon, grrrrrr
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Quote:
Originally Posted by httuner View Post
Thats not a bad idea, especially if you have a backplate on the videocard, now that would make for an awesome cooking surface, wow I can't believe I'm actually serious about it too haha_
with a back plate you could get a egg on there as well.

op were do you live ill come round dont replace the TIM yet lol
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