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ASUS EAH6970 Abnormal temperatures.

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I just got a asus EAH6970 (tripleslot cooler) and when I first plugged it in, it was idling at 90c, so I reapplied the thermal compound. Now the card idles at mid 50s, and under full load (furmark) with 50% fan speed, the card maxes out at 85c. Now these load temperatures seems fine but the idle temps seem way to high! My ambient temperatures are 25c. I tried reapplying the TIM twice now.Any specific reason this could be the cause? Is it possible to RMA the card even though it was an openbox deal?

EDIT: Running 2 displays, changing it to 1 display makes it idle at 46c
Edited by OPENbracket - 10/13/11 at 5:33pm
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2500k @ 4.6ghz 1.35v ASUS Z68-V 2x MSI GTX 580s Watercooled @975 mhz 4gb Patriot 
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320gb x2 WD Raid1 ASUS BDVD Burner Windows 7 x64 Corsair 750a 
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Mine idles at 37-39C with 40% fan speed (exactly the same card).

UK = Cold weather

Your case might need a good ventilation adjustments...
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When 2 monitors are connected to your HD6970, the card does not downclock like it does when only 1 monitor is attached. This is a normal feature. So, dual monitor temp (mid 50's) drops back to single monitor temp (46C) is normal.

However, a load temp of 85C and an idle temp of 46C (with ambient temp 25C) is relatively a little high. Some reviews give idle temp around mid 30's and load temp around mid to high 70's.

Like the poster above, the first thing to check is the ventilation of your case. This is especially important because the DirectCU II cooling design dumps heat inside the case.
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