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nothing wrong with those temps, keep her under 100*c and your fine.
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nothing wrong with those temps, keep her under 100*c and your fine.

thats the problem, its freezing here in new york right now haha. during summer it will explode
    
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You are correct - a heatsink cannot go bad. A heatsink FAN can go bad, or the heatsink itself can be badly mounted (not tight enough, too much grease, etc), but the heatsink itself will always conduct heat in the same manner, as long as it is free of dust.

Sounds like the RPM is fine - it's right in the midrange of RPMs for the speed.

I can't think of anything but that the heatsink is somehow improperly mounted. I know you said it is tight, but maybe try remounting it again? How much grease did you use? If you use too much, it won't conduct heat well.
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I am one for opening up the cpu block and seeing if it full of debris causing a restriction.

EDIT: OK I see all is air.No a block of metal (also called a heatsink) does not go bad unless it has been physicaly damaged and is no longer flat.
Edited by PCCstudent - 1/4/12 at 2:06pm
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Heat pipes go bad. I've seen it happen, i've heard of it happening, i've even seen them corrode.
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I'm confused there is a 140mm fan on the heatsink??? For your GFX card?

Edit Just looked it yup.
Fan speed should be
Fan speed: 900~1300RPM (PWM)

If your is running at 1000 than I guess thats good.
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I am one for opening up the cpu block and seeing if it full of debris causing a restriction.

EDIT: OK I see all is air.No a block of metal (also called a heatsink) does not go bad unless it has been physicaly damaged and is no longer flat.

What the hell are you talking about?
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http://www.silentpcreview.com/article1131-page3.html

Whats so confusing about that? GPUs run as hot as some CPUs.
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http://www.silentpcreview.com/article1131-page3.html
Whats so confusing about that? GPUs run as hot as some CPUs.

and in my experience gpus are much more sensitive to heat issues. When my cpu gets hot, it just gets hot. It's stable or it isn't. maybe its life is shortened but ah well. With my GPUs it's like every degree past a certain point (depending on the card) brings increased stutter, freezing etc. I obsess over my GPUs temp more than anything on my rig.

100c max my shorts. My 6950 starts getting grumpy after 65c.

The Shaman looks great. I wish I had gotten it rather than my Accelero. I hate how most aftermarket vga coolers still use puny fans and no backplate.

I've noticed that vga coolers lose efficacy over time and I don't know why. Generally Ive thought it was because of the strain on them hanging upside down but the Shaman has a backplate so I wouldnt think that would be an issue.
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Heat pipes go bad. I've seen it happen, i've heard of it happening, i've even seen them corrode.
Actually, that's a very good point. Wasn't thinking about heatpipes when I said a heatsink can't go bad, but heat pipes definitely can. They're more than just a hunk of metal.
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