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I don't know what to say, this thing has always ran hot, but even with it's hairdryer fan on %100 it's still getting way too high up there. 85C-95C range in taxing games like Crysis.

Just today I dissembled the WHOLE thing, removed all dust, removed all thermal paste/padding and replaced it with Arctic Silver MX-2.

Didn't do a whole lot. It's still stressing out over load.


This is a $650 card and I really don't want to scrap it, why would it be over heating like this?? Why now? It has over time gotten gradually worse, but this should have fixed it.

BFG Tech GTX280 OC
Edited by Rushnerd - 1/31/12 at 4:08pm
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If you really want to save the card and are feeling adventurous you could try picking up one of these and doing this to it. Honestly though while it was a $650 card at one point and you may be a little attached to the card, it might be time to move on. You can find a a card with better performance less power draw and a working cooler for about $130 if you watch in the marketplace here.
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The GTX 280 is just by nature like that... even my 5970 runs hot, but GPU's are able to take much higher temperatures that CPU's and honestly... a GTX 280 will go for about $120 now, i could only think that you would use that graphics card for PHYsX or something...throw a GTX 560ti on your system for about 250 ish dollars, and you will see a large performance boost
    
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GTX280 is, in general, a hot card.  Your BFG GTX280 OC version is no exception. 

Guru3d reviewed it and showed the card having idle temp of ~55C and load temp at ~86C.

http://www.guru3d.com/article/bfg-geforce-gtx-280-oc-edition-review/4

 

So, your load temp of 85-95C is higher than the usual range.

 

This could certainly be due to its age.  In addition to dust accumulated and the paste drying out over the years, another irreversible factor is the normal deterioration of the heatpipes.  Heatpipes, due to its construction, have a normal working lifespan of 4-5 years before showing noticeable performance loss.  Notice that this is just an average figure.  If a heatpipe was under heavy usage constantly, this might come sooner.  As the GTX280 was released around June 2008, yours should have already worked 3 1/2 years. 

 

Since you have already cleaned the dust and reapplied the paste and already using maximum fan speed, there is really nothing you can do now.  (assuming your airflow inside the case is also well taken care of).

 

Perhaps consider using an aftermarket cooler, eg Gelid Icy Vision.  If you do get this cooler, it should not be a waste as this cooler will continue to evolve with new mounting kits to adapt for future cards as well, if possible.

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835426026

post #5 of 15
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Thanks for the advice guys. It's nice to see OC.net is still a great community.
Also I forgot to change my Rig tag in my signature, I have since upgraded to a 560Ti so I'm just trying to salvage the 280 so I can sell it mostly.

I just flashed the BIOS to 1.03V, down from the standard 1.13V. It has also helped some. I don't like being told this is normal though, I know this card very well and 86C was always it's max, now it's more like the norm.
I've seen some decent Arctic cooling solutions, but i'm not sure it's worth throwing more money into the card.


The card seems to be okay for now, no artifacting yet, but I wouldn't want to pass it on to someone else just to screw them! The Auto fan option is also scary to use at this point.
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post #6 of 15
I have several 280s that also run scary hot. One thing to keep in mind is that the 280 was rated for 105C. I just sold one to my brother and law and he stuffed it in a cheap old case, and it runs around 100C on a daily basis.
It does make me a little uncomfortable but I know Nvidia built these 280s with incredible quality. They can handle a decent amount of abuse.
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your card is fine i shoved two of them in ym bros rig for some sli action XD more for the looks but he loves it. They both max at 90 average load around 75... there just hot cards.. i wouldnt worry about it tho.

ps mxthunder: i like your avatar wink.gif
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Thanks!thumb.gif

Forgot to mention that 280's are my favorite nvidia cards ever..
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Just a little update here:

I recently sold my gigabtye 670 for the money (yes ouch), so I moved by to my old 280. I was worried with my 1440p screen and modern games it would die, but it does shockingly well, almost always smooth 30fps average.
Still having high temps, but unless the card is being used to the absolute max, it will stay@85c (which is where the fan goes to 100% lol)

I don't know if flashing the BIOS to 1.03V, down from the standard 1.13V was a great idea, but before I did that it was having major issues. It seems pretty stable so far, except for a few red lights recently, not sure if it's dying or not.

Anyway I got this in June of 2008 and it's still dishing out, amazing card. Everywhere I read would point to a 1gb gtx 280 would never be able to handle 2560X1440 because of the memory size, but i've had no issues, it does an amazing job.
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Wow that's awesome that 280 is still kicking for ya. What games specifically are you talking about though? Every game I play, newer stuff we're talking like Far Cry 3 and BF3, I'm using way over 1GB at 1440p.
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