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I have an MSI 6970 Lightning and the temperatures have been much higher than I've felt safe especially since I was expecting the TFIII coolers to be very cool and quiet. That's not the case, at idle, the temp is 53C, and under load it reaches about 78C. I'm not sure of the ambient but for comparison my 5870 idles at around 35C and loads at 70C. And the 6970 is actually on my custom fan profile right now, so the idle fan speed is running a bit higher than the normally programmed fan speed. Opinions, suggestions, ideas? I've replaced the TIM and it didn't really help much, after removing the cooler again the distribution was perfectly fine. I've reseated it about 3 times also with no changes.
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I also have the Lightning. I see about the same temps on my card.

My experience, I realize it may or may not apply:
I had reference before, and that sat in the 90s during gaming and sounded like a hair-dryer. Compared to that, TFIII is cool and quiet. Multiple monitors will keep your idle temps high, but you've likely compensated for that with your custom fan profile. 6970 is a higher-wattage card than 5870.

Good luck. Temps may or may not be out of normal, but I'm going to watch this thread to see if I need to do anything to my card.
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my reference 6970 does 70c max , overclocked .

It all depends on your ambients .
    
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post #4 of 6
my reference idle at 55-58 and load at 72-80 depending on the game, i leave the fan on auto so it never really get noisy.
my ambiant is always hot...
Also 80C is nothing to be worries about.
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I have an MSI 6970 Lightning and the temperatures have been much higher than I've felt safe especially since I was expecting the TFIII coolers to be very cool and quiet. That's not the case, at idle, the temp is 53C, and under load it reaches about 78C. I'm not sure of the ambient but for comparison my 5870 idles at around 35C and loads at 70C. And the 6970 is actually on my custom fan profile right now, so the idle fan speed is running a bit higher than the normally programmed fan speed. Opinions, suggestions, ideas? I've replaced the TIM and it didn't really help much, after removing the cooler again the distribution was perfectly fine. I've reseated it about 3 times also with no changes.
If there are more than 1 screen plugged to the card, the idle clock will be higher to maintain stability compared to just only using 1 display, thus higher idle temperature.

Easy test, remove all other screens and leave only 1 connected, the idle temperature should drop.
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The 6970 runs hot in general. 80C is a good point to be at if the fan doesn't really go above 50% on most stock coolers and it's fairly quiet, although definitely not silent.
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