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So, summer is coming (Australia) and I don't have A/C in my house. Obviously, the temp of my graphics card (along with everything else) will rise as it gets hotter and hotter so I'm wondering what the safe temperature for a 6950 with a 10% overclock is.

According to HWMonitor, the highest temp my 6950 has gone to is 62c but my current room temperature is nowhere near what it will be like in December/January so it'll be much higher during those months.

Thanks in advance.
post #2 of 6
i owuldnt let it run above 75 but im not an amd/ati pro.... generally speaking it never hurts to gran a wc kit and a block and slap em on there for the summer
post #3 of 6
In reality, we all try to keep our cards as cool as we can, but my personal preference is to keep it under 70c at full load 24/7. If it goes above 70c, it is no big deal but I would prefer it to not get anywhere near 80c. While this will not destroy my card immediately, it will most likely reduce the life of my card by some amount.
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strap the nice arctic cooling accelero extreme plus ii to it and you should be fine
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From my readings about the Sapphire TOXIC HD-6950 ... I picked up from the SAPPHIRE TECH CLUB on Facebook that ... "88-90c temperature at high gaming efficiency is acceptable, and the threshold for the HD-6950 TOXIC card is 105-110c degrees", so take that for what it's worth, your specific card may have a higher or lower threshold ?



This actually falls in line with ... http://www.overclock.net/nvidia/651707-faq-acceptable-temperatures-graphics-cards.html
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My video card is running at XX degrees Celcius! Is this bad?!
Not at all. Graphics cards these days are rated to around 100C! For instance, people who fold or game heavily could see their GPU(s) reach upwards of 90C. This is normal, they can withstand the heat - it's like apples and oranges compared to CPUs, where 75C is the danger-zone these days. Don't panic!

I'm still really uncomfortable running my card(s) over XX Celcius!
If you're really worried about temps over say 65-70C, you could turn your fan up to 100% on your card. If that still isn't good enough, well, you could always watercool it or buy an aftermarket cooler.

When should I be worried about temperatures?
Most would tell you about 105C is the point-of-no-return. Realistically though, for everyday use, you should not exceed 95-98C for extended periods of time.

How can I monitor my temperature on my GPU(s)?
You could use apps such as CPUID's HWMonitor, and in addition you could use eVGA Precision to monitor your temps as well.


Keep in mind though, these chips ARE rated to run at these temperatures!
If you're running below 90C the majority of the time, don't panic! wink.gif

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post #6 of 6
^what he said well done bro thats a good little tidbit you pulled form a sticky
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