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Hello all,

Am new to the Forum, so please bear with me, but desperately need some advice if possible.

I have recently bought the MSI Twin Frozr Lightning Radeon HD6970, and installed it today, but anytime the slightest load is put on it, the core temp immediately shoots up to around 103 degrees C., in less than a minute. It is not overclocked at the mo, am using it straight from the box, have tried different games and also Kombuster, all the same. I have also tried updating the driver.

Current driver details:

Driver Packaging Version 8.821-110126a-112964C-ATI
Catalyst Version 11.2
Provider ATI Technologies Inc.
2D Driver Version 8.01.01.1123
2D Driver File Path /REGISTRY/MACHINE/SYSTEM/ControlSet001/Control/CLASS/{4D36E968-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}/0000
Direct3D Version 7.14.10.0812
OpenGL Version 6.14.10.10524
Catalyst Control Center Version 2011.0126.1749.31909

I know this isnt the up-to-date driver, I have tried that too, makes no difference to the problem.

Am running on the following rig:

MoBo - Asus M4A77TD Pro
CPU - AMD2 2.8G Quad Core 630
RAM - 4gig DDR3 1600
PSU - Corsair TX850 V2
OS - Win7 x64

Is there anything else I can look at, or is the card duff? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers all

Steve
post #2 of 15

Have you tried setting the fan speed manually in Afterburner? Also check to see if the fan power cable is somehow unplugged :).

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Welcome to the forums biggrin.gif

First question is the card new? If not then I would suggest passing some compressed air through the fan whilst holding it still to clear out any dust that may have gathered. If that doesnt help then dismantle it (not that hard stripped my 5850 for the first time about a month ago) and apply some new tim
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Guys, thanks for the replies, yes I have tried manual fan, no avail, and the card is new so Im not going to mess with it, it can go back if the general concensus is it's faulty. I know the fans are working as they are so darned loud I can't hear in-game dialogue!!!
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Yeah there's definitely something not right, by the way what kind of case do you have?
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Guys, thanks for the replies, yes I have tried manual fan, no avail, and the card is new so Im not going to mess with it, it can go back if the general concensus is it's faulty. I know the fans are working as they are so darned loud I can't hear in-game dialogue!!!

Twin Forzr / Lightning models are pretty quiet even @ 100% so i think you're getting a little sarcastic there tongue.gif

Anyways, such a quick shoot in temps is almost positively a bad seat. Take the cooler off, wipe clean and rewipe with a little rubbing alcohol, and re apply thermal paste, and re-attach the cooler.
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Its an NZXT, cant remember the model im afraid, but plenty of ventilation, and 4 case fans, 2x120mm and 2x140mm, so plenty of cooling in there, case temp never gets above 25c
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Twin Forzr / Lightning models are pretty quiet even @ 100% so i think you're getting a little sarcastic there tongue.gif
Anyways, such a quick shoot in temps is almost positively a bad seat. Take the cooler off, wipe clean and rewipe with a little rubbing alcohol, and re apply thermal paste, and re-attach the cooler.

No, seriously, the fans are VERY loud!!!! I wasnt kidding
post #9 of 15

ReSeat it as dmac73 has stated, Mine at auto maxes out at about 78c

 So its either a bad seat or a temp bug.

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No, seriously, the fans are VERY loud!!!! I wasnt kidding

That wasnt even the point. Take my advice and problem solved.

Also, custom designs like this like good side airflow. You can have good overall airflow all day long but a couple side fans blowing directly on the VGA will reduce temps 5-15 degrees C. You may already have some in place, if so, good.
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