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post #1 of 16
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howdy,

I been playing some MW2 lately and sometimes after a while i cant play because the graphics get so messed up.. also ive been having some temp issues, its been working around 80ºC at stock clocks without any 3d apps.

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Is there anything i can do? should i sell it before it gets worse?
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post #2 of 16
Is it overclocked?

Declock the memory or cpu until the artifacts stop.

Start with the gpu than the memory and you can figure out if it is the memory or the gpu causing it.
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if i restart the computer the artifacts go away, but im wondering if i should sell it, do you think it could be a driver issue?
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post #4 of 16
Artifacts in ati tool wouldn't be a driver problem.

But it goes away for a while after you restart right?

so its after the card heats up a bit and expands before it starts artifacting right?


80c doesn't seem that hot for a ati card...

try running the fan at 100% and see how long it takes to artifact...


Either way it should not have artifacts @ 80c

But running it cooler might stop it.

Try new thermal paste too like ic diamond(the best)
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post #5 of 16
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Thanks for your advice, ive been a bit busy lately and couldnt apply the thermal compound but i will do it asap.

Now that you mention it, after i reset the computer the temp is the same because im playing with the minimum settings except the resolution and the temp rarely goes higher than 90ºc

could it be damaged for using it too much over to 120ºC ?
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post #6 of 16
Quite possibly it's from the heat. Damage might occur above 120 C but video cards tend to throttle to prevent damage above these temperatures, so unless your card didn't throttle, it may be damaged.

Try to increase cooling on the card by turning up the stock fan, or aiming another fan on it.
post #7 of 16
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Well the temp has increased a lot, now with all the minimum settings and the fan at 100% it still goes up to 120ºC... it freezes for a couple of seconds and then the 3d graphics get all messed up... maybe i shouldnt play until i get some thermal compound.

Thank for the advice smile.gif
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post #8 of 16
Its thermal compound 100% sure of it.

Same thing happened to my friends 8800gt

thermal compound degrades and you have a 4870 so that explains everything
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post #9 of 16
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Alright, im a bit worried now because the problems persist and i dont have any thermal compound atm, ill have to wait till monday and i want to play in the meanwhile unless there is a serious risk of damaging the card, is there a possibility to underclock it to reduce the temperature?

Thank you for helping me out smile.gif
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post #10 of 16
120C is way too hot for a graphics card.
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