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9800 GX2 Normal Temperatures?

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I just purchased a used 9800 GX2 off of eBay (it was incredibly cheap). After re-applying the thermal compound and removing the shell it now runs about 47C to 51C on idle and 68C to 74C on load.

Are those temperatures normal?

When I first received it, it was running 70C on idle and 98C on a load. I didn't like that. A lot people think those temperatures are okay, but if you have a component in your computer running near the boiling temperature of water it will cause the PCB of your motherboard and graphics card to warp over time, which will cause micro-fractures.

It has been slightly overclocked via BIOS to the exact specifications of the EVGA SSC 9800GX2.

I have to say, most of the benchmarks I've seen for this card were not accurate. The performance is about the same as a GTX280. It was definitely worth the $65.
    
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Those things run pretty hot.
What is the ambient temp?
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Originally Posted by mbudden;13928246 
Those things run pretty hot.
What is the ambient temp?

Ambient temperature in the case is about 37 C. Temp in the apartment is about 21 C.

As I'm sure you are aware, this is one of those sandwich cards in which both GPUs face each other with a fan in the middle.
    
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Just make sure you have adequate intake and exhaust in your case.
Like I mentioned, those suckers run pretty hot.
Those temps seem about right.
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That sounds about right... With fresh paste and no shroud mine was at 97/99C running F@H at 1800Mhz on the shaders... That's with an ambient of 28C.
 
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It's a pretty awesome card. Those are great temps, but they make sense considering the new TIM and removed shroud. You should overclock it more though! I have mine at 734 core and 1836 shaders running nicely under air without changing the TIM. Maybe you should stress test it (either Furmark or folding) and see how high it gets. Also, it's a beast folding card. If you ever upgrade again, keep that card and have it fold.
    
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It'd PPD/watt ratio isn't that great though... frown.gif
Those things consume power like no other.
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Originally Posted by mbudden;13928336 
It'd PPD/watt ratio isn't that great though... frown.gif
Those things consume power like no other.

Shhhhh... don't turn people off folding. D:
    
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my 8600gt ran at 68 to 75 with new tim and i left shroud on.
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Epona;13928396 
Shhhhh... don't turn people off folding. D:

Never! I personally like the 9800GX2 biggrin.gif
They look hella awesome!

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