Originally Posted by farmdve
If your cores are hitting 102C, your VRMs have likely fried, they will now suck up more power at less load, always reach high temps when gaming and you are looking at potentially early death of your cards.
That's a pretty catastrophic scenario.
The XFX DD cooler uses the main heatsink for VRM cooling. If there were no contact problems, there should be no problems there.
My bet is that there is a contact problem between the GPU and the cooler.
Oops, looks like the 7870 does not use the same cooler as the 7950/7970.
If I'm seeing correctly, the VRMs are not heatsinked at all:
Also, probably no software VRM temp monitoring on that card:
http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1967/11/Edited by glina - 2/10/13 at 3:37am