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I sent back two of my XFX 7970s for a repair. One of the cards was completely fried because of a short and the other one had a broken fan. I have received them back. One of the cards are fine and is running at normal load temps but the other card is running at overly high temps. The card runs at 97 C after 2 minutes of load. Then the card starts to throttle to keep its self from frying. I don't know what I should do. Basically my options are.

1. Send the card back but pay $35 for shipping
2. Remove the cooler and apply new TIM
3. Try to tighten the cooler

What should I do with it?
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post #2 of 4
Try option 2 first. Then if that doesn't work, contact the company and ask for a free return
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Im just wondering what some good thermal compound is for them. They are going to be running at pretty much full load most of their lives. Im thinking IC Diamond.
Edited by xNovax - 2/19/13 at 4:17pm
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
[OCZ] Agility 3 360GB [OCZ] Vertex 4 120GB [Seagate] Barracuda 3 TB [Seagate] Barracuda 3 TB 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
[Asus] BD Drive [Corsair] H80 [Windows] 7 Ultimate [ASUS] VS24AH 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
[Samsung] 40 Inch LED TV [Corsair] K90 [Enermax] Maxrevo 1350 Watt [Corsair] C70 Arctic White 
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[Razer] Deathadder 2013 [SteelSeries] XL Mousemat [Astro] Mixamp Pro [Audio Technica] ATH-M30 
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AMD 8120 Asus Sabertooth 990FX  Powercolor HD 7970 Powercolor HD 7970 
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Powercolor HD 7970 8 GB G.Skill Sniper 120 GB OCZ Vertex 4 AMD Stock Cooler 
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Windows 7 Professional XFX 1250 Watt Antec Three Hundred 
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I7 3770K ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe HD 7970 8GB Corsair Vengance 
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post #4 of 4
Are these overclocked? Reference coolers? DD coolers? If its a reference cooler, re apply paste. If its DD, then the card is defective, as all 7950 DDs are AFAIK, and if its overclocked.. then that explains it either way.
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