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Just installed this beast of a card and was extremely happy with the performance until I noticed the air coming from my case seemed much hotter than usual. Lo and behold, I open up Afterburner to find that this thing is IDLING at 70C with fans at 50%. Running Furmark it passes 95C in under 4 minutes with fans at 100%. And this is all at (the fairly conservative) factory speeds. The room it's in is pretty warm (30C), but still these temps seem very wrong for this card. Ventilation shouldn't be an issue; it's sitting in a 650D with two top exhaust fans.

Is the 7950 really this hot of a card, or did I get a dud? If I do return it, should I try to exchange it with Amazon or do an RMA?
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70C idle is not normal at all. I have the same ambient temperature as you and my card idles are around 40C on default fan speed. How many fans do you have in your case?
Edited by SkippyDogg - 8/29/12 at 6:58pm
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Right now I've got the stock 120 rear exhaust and two Noctua 140mm top exhausts, plus the circulation from an NH-D14. No front intake atm due to the 650D front mesh issue, but my old 560Ti TFII always ran at normal temps with the same or worse ventilation.
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You could try reapplying the thermal paste on the card. Even with no airflow the card should not be hitting those temps.
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If you can, I would exchange it through Amazon, otherwise, you'll have to RMA it. My guess is there is something wrong with the thermal paste. You could try and reapply it yourself, but if you have the patience, why not just get a different card? You don't have to worry about accidentally breaking something and ruining your warranty.
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You could try reapplying the thermal paste on the card. Even with no airflow the card should not be hitting those temps.
Would that affect the warranty? I still have 30 days to ship it back to Amazon and wouldn't want to give them a reason to not take it back.

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If you can, I would exchange it through Amazon, otherwise, you'll have to RMA it. My guess is there is something wrong with the thermal paste. You could try and reapply it yourself, but if you have the patience, why not just get a different card? You don't have to worry about accidentally breaking something and ruining your warranty.
That's kind of what I was thinking. I've gotten pretty good at reseating heatsinks by now, but why take the chance? Still feels sad to go through all the waste to deal with what is probably a simple fix. ='(
Edited by ersatzTruth - 8/29/12 at 7:12pm
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Right now I've got the stock 120 rear exhaust and two Noctua 140mm top exhausts, plus the circulation from an NH-D14. No front intake atm due to the 650D front mesh issue, but my old 560Ti TFII always ran at normal temps with the same or worse ventilation.

Have you tried adding some intake fans? Sounds like it is reusing that hot air. Have you checked the temperatures from a cold boot?
post #8 of 13
Ah, another TFIII/TFIV card that runs WAY too hot. Nothing new, really.

The MSI rep himself advised us to change the TIM. According to MSI Alex it will not affect the warranty. So try it out man~
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Originally Posted by ersatzTruth View Post

Would that affect the warranty? I still have 30 days to ship it back to Amazon and wouldn't want to give them a reason to not take it back.

As long as you didn't hurt anything in the process, then no, it wouldn't hurt the warranty. MSI supports removal of the stock cooler per their warranty terms. It's up to you if you want to take the risk.

Personally? I'd just swap it out for another one.
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I'd just swap it also, my 7950 doesnt hit 70c on full load overclocked and overvolted.
    
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