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What is wrong with my XFX 6950?

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Alright, I haven't had this card for more than a month and I am slightly disappointing with it. First off, I got the dual dissipation 6950 2gb, which in theory is supposed to run 10C cooler and 20% quieter (just getting the numbers I can recall of the top of my head), and really it is quiet, but not cool at all. To be completely honest, it runs outrageously hot, and I have no idea why. I have set a custom fan profile and set it to about 100% speed when it hits 80C, and the card hits 100% almost always when I play a game. I have also gotten the "Display driver has stopped working..." from Battlefield 3 and Skyrim, (not to mention Battlefield 3 crashes just about every other game, no idea why.) This is really frustrating and some help would be appreciated.

My other issue is how the clocks jump up and down in 2d windows mode when browsing Firefox? It makes the temp jump up and down too...this card is just too weird...lol.

This problem is really not my main concern, but just wanted to throw this out there.
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EDIT: silly me, overlooked title entirely. problem might be with thermal paste. if it's possible to take apart your card without warranty, i'd do so and check the imprint. also are you running the latest version of afterburner?
Edited by naizarak - 11/24/11 at 10:43pm
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Go to Firefox and disable "hardware acceleration" and try again.

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Hi Sneerz. I would agree with Ken1649 with regard to the Firefox issue, try disabling the Hardware Accerlation option. With regard to temperatures, make sure your system has a good cooling setup and all fans are completely clear of dust, obstructions and provide good airflow throughout your system. Out of curiosity, what is the idle temp looking like for the graphics card?

Harry @ Videocardshop.
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Originally Posted by Ken1649 View Post

Go to Firefox and disable "hardware acceleration" and try again.

Done. The clocks don't jump around as frequently, better, but still present. Funny thing is that I don't even have any videos open.
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EDIT: silly me, overlooked title entirely. problem might be with thermal paste. if it's possible to take apart your card without warranty, i'd do so and check the imprint. also are you running the latest version of afterburner?

I don't know if I can open it without voiding the warranty, but will try at some point if the temps remain this ridiculous. As for Afterburner, I have the latest, non-beta version and the beta version does the same.
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Hi Sneerz. I would agree with Ken1649 with regard to the Firefox issue, try disabling the Hardware Accerlation option. With regard to temperatures, make sure your system has a good cooling setup and all fans are completely clear of dust, obstructions and provide good airflow throughout your system. Out of curiosity, what is the idle temp looking like for the graphics card?
Harry @ Videocardshop.

I have a mall 120mm fan blowing onto the card in hopes to lower the temps, and it has done nothing. I have two front intake fans, and one 120mm and one 200m that remove air from the system. My cable management is pretty good, so I don't believe it is the case. Also, now that I think of it, my previous card would never get this hot and I even had no custom fan profile. It was the xfx 5830 that maybe maxed out at 80C on 45% fans. My idle temp hovers around 40 to 45C.

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Battlefield gets realllly hot still, any ideas?
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post #7 of 20

Set a user defined fan profile in Afterburner. You can set the fan speed based on the temperature.

 

For example: 40°C fan speed 40%, 80°C fan speed 70% or to whatever you desire.

 

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I do have a custom profile. It got to 82C with 100% fan.
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I do have a custom profile. It got to 82C with 100% fan.


That's hot at 100% fan speed. If your case airflow is good, you might have to take the stock cooler apart, clean the paste and re-apply with some good TIM such as MX-3/MX-4 does decent job to bring the temperature down.
 

 

 

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Sounds like you have a cooling problem, most likely the TIM, as already stated. Its not too hard to remove the cooler and put new TIM on. You just need to remove the shroud, the fan power connector, and four screws on the back IIRC.

So long as your careful, it shouldnt take longer than 20 minutes to do. I recommend cleaning the GPU die and heatsink surface with 90% isopropyl alcohol, to make sure you get rid of all the old TIM, before you apply the new stuff.

Edit:

Actually, it looks like you have 8 screws at the back of your card, im not sure if they are for the shroud, or for the heat sink. Its not the reference design so it could be either. Never the less, it shouldnt be any harder to do, even with more screws.
Edited by Mattb2e - 11/25/11 at 11:45pm
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