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Did I Get A Bad 6970 Lightning?

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I just received my MSI 6970 Lightning from a newegg open box. It came with box and everything looking brand new.
The card still had the plastic wrapping on the shroud but there were some greasy fingers prints on the metal parts.

So here"s my temps from Kombustor.

81c Gpu Temp/76% Fan(LOUD) at 1280x720. But the gpu temp #3 is scaring me at 114.5c and it's 75f in my room and it idles around 40c
Much different from their results




Here is at 1920x1080. It's at 84c with 87% auto fan which is crazy loud



Feels like im getting terrible temps compared to all the reviews.
And the fan is unbearably loud at any games I try to play.

So should I?
1) Return to newegg (open box so only refund, spent such a long time trying to get)
2) RMA to MSI (Box says manufacture date is 08/2011)
3) Reapply tim ( I'd be really scared to)

or is it okay to leave fan at 55% (above is unbearable) and let it get around 90c.

I was so happy when I got and now this is making me sad :/. Thanks
post #2 of 14
since these dont exhaust the hot air, idling at 40 degrees is a real possibility. How is your airflow in the case ? you've got to have decent airflow for these non-reference gpu's. otherwise that heat has nowhere to go. disregard that 115 temp you see. your gpu only has 1 temp which is 80/81 and doesnt' surprise me.

and yeah, the fans are loud. didn't you read any of the reviews ?
Edited by King Who Dat - 10/14/11 at 10:58pm
post #3 of 14
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Squeezed it in my antec 902 but it should be getting plenty of airflow front intake fans.
I got this cause they said this was much quieter than reference
gah
post #4 of 14
it is. you should hear mine when they crank up. literally sound like a blowdryer on high. I'd really try to deal with it. it's a beast card. otherwise sell for something different. but as far as you getting a bad one, that's not the case.
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You can send it to me and I'll give you $235.00 for it! (seriously)
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Originally Posted by ExplosiveBacon View Post
I just received my MSI 6970 Lightning from a newegg open box. It came with box and everything looking brand new.
The card still had the plastic wrapping on the shroud but there were some greasy fingers prints on the metal parts.

So here"s my temps from Kombustor.

81c Gpu Temp/76% Fan(LOUD) at 1280x720. But the gpu temp #3 is scaring me at 114.5c and it's 75f in my room and it idles around 40c
Much different from their results


Feels like im getting terrible temps compared to all the reviews.
And the fan is unbearably loud at any games I try to play.

So should I?
1) Return to newegg (open box so only refund, spent such a long time trying to get)
2) RMA to MSI (Box says manufacture date is 08/2011)
3) Reapply tim ( I'd be really scared to)

or is it okay to leave fan at 55% (above is unbearable) and let it get around 90c.

I was so happy when I got and now this is making me sad :/. Thanks
Clean the stock paste with a Q-tip, re-apply with good TIM such as MX-3/MX-4, check for contact surface, lean it up and reapply TIM, put the stock cooler back on.

Many with your card have this problem. You can RMA but the next they send you could be worse.
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it is. you should hear mine when they crank up. literally sound like a blowdryer on high. I'd really try to deal with it. it's a beast card. otherwise sell for something different. but as far as you getting a bad one, that's not the case.
sad face. All the reviews are getting under 70c. So I guess I'll just set fan low. Was getting high 80's to 90 in crysis. Is that fine?

Guru3d 61C load cmon
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Clean the stock paste with a Q-tip, re-apply with good TIM such as MX-3/MX-4, check for contact surface, lean it up and reapply TIM, put the stock cooler back on.

Many with your card have this problem. You can RMA but the next they send you could be worse.
maybe rma to msi. Hopefully they are outta stock because then they refund retail price. Could make some money
meh, I guess I'll try reapplying
bye bye warranty
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maybe rma to msi. Hopefully they are outta stock because then they refund retail price. Could make some money
meh, I guess I'll try reapplying
bye bye warranty
Just do it then send them a support ticket explaining the thermal issue and think the paste is bad, they will be more than happy to suggest you to re-apply the TIM. Then keep the reply for future reference should you need it.
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my bios flashed msi6950 idles at 33 and max load is 65. 81 is way too high.
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