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Just out of curiosity, I was wondering if it was bad for the GPU to run at 99% the whole time I'm gaming.

I run an SLI of GTX 260's in my backup gaming rig (OC'd i7 Asus P6T Deluxe) with a Samsung 305T 30" lcd monitor (2560x1600) and during BulletStorm my GPU's are running at 99% and 87% respectively. The cards temps are 63c and 59c but the fans are running at 100%. I'll run the game maybe an hour or 2 at the most. Does anyone think that's bad for the GPU?? If so what would the consequences be? Shorter life?

I get 50-60fps during the game so there's no performance hit that I can tell.
post #2 of 10
Totally normal and with your temps, you should be just fine. When I had my single 470 it maxed out in BC2 and in SLI, would use a good percentage of both gpus.

Even my new MSI 580 Lightning is pretty much running at 99% in BC2 with everything maxed.
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You actually want to max out your GPU, it shows at that particular moment your proc wasn't a bottleneck.

If your cards fan isn't malfunctioning and you have decent case airflow temps aren't an issue solely based on maxing the GPU.

Regardless, Fermi temps are fine until 100-110c, which at that point they would downclock themselves to prevent a burnout.
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I was hoping that would be the case. I thought about upgrading but since games were still playable with the GTX 260(s), I wanted to keep using them as long as I could.

Most all the settings are HIGH in BS and it plays pretty smooth, or as smooth as I can make it with my gaming "skills" Nice thing about the GTX 260 is that the 100% fan doesn't sound like a jet engine taking off.

Thanks for the reply(s)!
post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by Ascii Aficionado View Post
Regardless, Fermi temps are fine until 100-110c, which at that point they would downclock themselves to prevent a burnout.
My 460s haven't gone above 80 C yet even both running at 90% + for an hour of game play.
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You want your card to run at 99% (or 100% theoretically). That means that your card is performing at its full capability. If for some reason you saw it drop below 99% that means your card is waiting on data and you have a bottleneck in your system. when the card has the data it needs, it runs full blast to render it out as fast as it can. Your second card is running at a lower percentage due to SLI scaling in the system. It just means your second card isn't getting fully utilized in that particular game.
    
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My 460s haven't gone above 80 C yet even both running at 90% + for an hour of game play.
I would think you would know he means the 480's mainly. 460's run cool

and your temps look fine
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People who fold use 99-100% of their GPUs/CPUs for weeks at a time, and fold for years.
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Originally Posted by herkalurk View Post
My 460s haven't gone above 80 C yet even both running at 90% + for an hour of game play.
Your temps are fine,

However, I had one of "those" moments and even though I was aware he was talking about a different rig with 260's in SLI, my mind wandered to his sig several minutes later when I replied so I thought "FERMI TEMPS !"
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People who fold use 99-100% of their GPUs/CPUs for weeks at a time, and fold for years.
Good Point I hadn't thought of the folders and the usage that their GPU handles.

If it's true that I want my GPU's running flat-out 100%, ensuring that there isn't a system bottleneck, what can be said for my main gaming rig in my sig? My SLI of GTX 480's runs at 50-60% playing BS and this is with 3D enabled. Does this mean that my D0 i7 920, clocked to 4.2ghz and 6gb of DDR3 running at 1600mhz is bottle-necking my game? I'm not sure what frames I'm getting on that rig.......the 3D glasses are too dark to see the fps!

Thanks for all the replies, I'm glad to know that I'm not hurting or being bottle-necked by my 260's.
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