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now that iv got my cpu and RAM as high as they can go with my current set-up , its time to move on to my graphics. couple of questions....
1. whats the safe operating temp for my GPU?
2. whats the difference between ATItools and ATItraytools?
3. i was using His iTurbo to oc my card before, now that i want to push it harder
can i use both ATItools and Iturbo to control my card? (ATItools wont let me control GPU fan, but Iturbo will)
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  1. whats the safe operating temp for my GPU? - Not sure about the X1600's, but ATI can generally withstand high temps. Try to keep it below 70C to be safe.
  2. whats the difference between ATItools and ATItraytools? - Different tools by different manufacturers. I have no experience with ATItraytools.
  3. can i use both ATItools and Iturbo to control my card? (ATItools wont let me control GPU fan, but Iturbo will) I guess Iturbo uses the same method as Overdrive in Catalyst does, thus overclocking while loosening VRAM timings... not too good. Odd that ATItool won't control your fans (it does it for me), but maybe it does not support fan control on the X1600's. You could use Iturbo for fan control only (leave everything else at default), and then ATItool for overclocknig. However, I don't know whether they'll interfere.... I'd try to set Iturbo first, and then overclock with ATItool..

PS: I'd stick with ATITool 25, beta 14. Beta 15 has proven to be quite buggy.
    
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I have a x1600Pro Saphire that was running at a load of 98C for several weeks. (I recently got it down to 86 by adding a couple more fans.) I'm not advising that you take it up this high, but anything under 80 should be fine. (Unless the HiS cards run cooler, that is.)
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Yeah, they can take a lot of heat...
I just posted 70C are a really safe margin, but 80C should be ok also.
    
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the card runs at 35*c idle and about 50*c during PCmark05. the HiS cooler is massive (kinda loud) but does the job. i`ll try using ATItool again, see if i get options for my fan or not. Thanks guys
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