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I've got a reference Visiontek 6970, it idles at 55c, and runs at 100% load in crysis 3 at 91c with the fan auto fluctuating between 40% and 60%. It also seems like it cools down exceptionally slow once the load is gone, so I'm assuming either the cooler is at it's absolute limits, or that it's not making great contact with the gpu (completely possible considering the cards age) I was considering redoing the thermal compound, i have some cooler master stuff lying around. So what i want to know basically is if you guys think it will help at all, and whether or not it's a safe procedure for this gpu.


P.S. Any tips on applying thermal compound to a GPU would be appreciated, do i just go dot method like cpu?
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Reapply it yes, hopefully that will help.
I wouldn't do the dot, spred an even thin coat or try the x method.
there not the same as doing cpu.

Also check fan visually to make sure it is spinning properly.
    
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is there a chance it's full of dust??

and yes a small pea sized on the center of the gpu is the best method for thermal compund, also if you can, change the thermal pads too. no sense in using compressed ones a second time.

IIRC depending on the cooler i think you can remove the gpu cooler separate from the complete air cooler.
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Reapply it yes, hopefully that will help.
I wouldn't do the dot, spred an even thin coat or try the x method.
there not the same as doing cpu.


K thanks for the info, from what i can tell, I'm really only like 10c over what would be considered normal for reference cooler on this card, so i figure it has to be the aging compound.
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is there a chance it's full of dust??

and yes a small pea sized on the center of the gpu is the best method for thermal compund, also if you can, change the thermal pads too. no sense in using compressed ones a second time.

IIRC depending on the cooler i think you can remove the gpu cooler separate from the complete air cooler.


No it's clean. I don't have pads, but the memory isn't running hot anyway. Just the gpu.


It feel like it's got good airflow, i know how the reference design works, intaking air through the fan and pushing it out the back of the card, lots of air movement out of the back of the card.
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judging by this picture



you can remove the shroud and then just the gpu cooler.
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Also it's not hot inside the case AT ALL, gpu idling at 55c, case temperature @ 25c


Yes it's cold in my room atm, about 60f
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my 6970 sitting here at idle is 34 c

its about 70 C in the room

stock settings, 34 percent fan.

reference cooler
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my 6970 sitting here at idle is 34 c

its about 70 C in the room

stock settings, 34 percent fan.

reference cooler

Wanna trade tongue.gif lol


Yeah ill switch out the compound tomorrow and update the thread.
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but then i won't have a matching pair lol
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File Server
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
AMD Ryzen 1700x ASUS Prime X370 Pro Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 
RAMHard DriveCoolingOS
16gb's Team Select 3200Mhz RGB  Crucial M500 SSD 240gb Corsair H55 Windows 7 Ultimate 
MonitorMonitorPowerCase
ASUS PB287Q 4K Monitor HTC Vive Coolermaster Silent Pro M 1000W Rosewill Blackhawk Ultra 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Razer Deathadder 2013 Steelseries Qck Mass Super Thick Cloth Mouse Pad Genius SW-G2.1 1250 4PC Gaming Speakers 
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Core i7 3770k Asus P8Z68 Deluxe Galaxy Geforce GTX 780 Galaxy Geforce GTX 780 
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16 Gb's G.Skill DDR3 1866 Crucial M500 SSD 240Gb Coolit ECO C240 Windows 7 Ultimate 
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Benq G2420HD Coolermaster Silent Pro 1000 Watt Deepcool Kendomen 
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Core i3 2120 Supermicro X9SCM-F 4 Gb Kingston 1600mhz DDR3 ECC 12 Segate 2tb drives (RAID 6) 
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