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Temps rising in aging 5870

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Hi,

my Powercolor HD5870PCS+ OC factory overclocked to 875MHz/1225MHz is now around 3yrs old and will be upgraded in the coming months (7970). Now I always keep my pc free of dust bunnies and usually clean it out every 6-12 weeks depending on time and how bad it's got.
I've noticed however that the temps on the gpu has slowly but surely started to climb. It's not a huge amount but it is definitely running warmer than it used to. The thermal paste is in good condition as I only recently reapplied it.
My question is purely out of interest but is this down to the chip getting old or is it a sign that the chip is nearing the end of it's life. When I mean temp rise, let's say that where it once ran around 60c under a certain conditions it will now be running nearer 65-70c under those same conditions.
My case has plenty of airflow (Thermaltake Armour Jr) and all cables ect are neatly tidied away.

Here's a rather bad shot of said card:

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post #2 of 7
What season is it?

Higher outside temps will make it run hotter.
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post #3 of 7
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Hi,

it's winter (UK) so it should be running cooler if anything. I always monitor temps as my cpu is overclocked too.
post #4 of 7
I would check the heat sink again to make sure there is no dust in it. Chips don't get hotter with time its most definitely a cooling related issue be it the cards cooler it self the case ventilation or just a difference in ambient temp.
    
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post #5 of 7
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Thanks.. That's what i needed to know. I'll pull it out and just check everything is as it should be.
post #6 of 7
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I pulled the card and checked thermal paste, everything was as it should be. What I failed to mention that recently I've been playing the Crysis 3 multiplayer beta. This was causing my vram to overheat as powercolor do not have heatsinks attached in their cooling design. So I created some custom ones out of old bits of heatsink i had lying around. Unfortunately I'd made them a little too large (by a fraction) and I think the main heatsink wasn't seating exactly right. I've since removed them and everything is now back to normal. As the beta is now at an end it's not really an issue but i can achieve the same results by simply underclocking the memory. Weird really as the main temp started out fine but got progressively worse which is why I didn't remove straight away. Anyway in 8 weeks I'll have a shiny new 7970.. I just hope it's got heatsinks on the vram!
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