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What are the first graphics settings you would turn down to stabilise a game?

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I have a 6950 2GB with unlocked shaders clocked to 6970 clocks and so far everything seems to be running fine on full settings at my resolution (1360x768).
However, I just got Dirt 3 (for free ) and started playing it. I again can play it at full settings but the card was rising to 91 degrees which was too high for my liking so I set the clock speeds of the card back down to 800/1250 and reduced the graphics options to high (as opposed to ultra on certain options) and the temps dropped back down to around 80.

I am gettings a 24" 1080p monitor soon so obviously my card will be stressed more than it is now and I'm just wondering that if I have to reduce the graphics settings to make games more playable, what sort of settings should I be changing? Would reducing AA suffice or are there other options such as shadows, water, anistropic filtering etc that I should change. This is for any game really but these ones in particular: GTA IV, BFBC2, CoD (all), Grid, Dirt 3, Crysis and so on.

I'm also wondering what the consensus is on this matter so I can use everyone's expertise on getting it sorted
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"1366x768"

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"1366x768"

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First of all, if fan noise won't bother you while you game, I suggest installing a program like MSI AB and setting up a manual fan profile. If it's a reference card then the turbine at ~50% fan speed is bearable
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I turn down AA and shadows to get better performance
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First of all, if fan noise won't bother you while you game, I suggest installing a program like MSI AB and setting up a manual fan profile. If it's a reference the turbine at ~50% fan speed is bearable
Thanks for the other 2 incredibly useful inputs.

I have Afterburner set up with a manual fan profile. And anything above 40 is LOUD so i have it gradually increasing until about 88 where it hits 40%, then it hits 100 at 91 so I know it's getting too hot. The card runs fine but it does get really hot. It might be the airflow in the case and I'm planning on getting another at the same time I get my 1080p screen.
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First of all, if fan noise won't bother you while you game, I suggest installing a program like MSI AB and setting up a manual fan profile. If it's a reference card then the turbine at ~50% fan speed is bearable
How is this remotely close to "first of all?" This isn't even close to on topic. He's talking about in game settings and you're talking about fan speed.

On topic: The first thing I usually turn down is AA. Anything above 4x is usually unnecessary. If framerates continue to be a problem, then I'll screw with shadows next, since high quality shadows can really, really affect framerates.

But a 6970 should run almost every single game at good framerates, so I wouldn't worry about it.

Edit: I got super ninja'd by chuxanator.
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Edit: I got super ninja'd by chuxanator.
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Shadows, Ambient Occlusion, other post processing effects.
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How is this remotely close to "first of all?" This isn't even close to on topic. He's talking about in game settings and you're talking about fan speed.
I just wanted to help with the problem that led to dropping the overclock. Didn't work, happens.
For future - just look after your own posts, 4$$.
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