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I got my BFG GTX 280 the week it came out five years ago and i've never quite been able to figure out why it's gradually gotten hotter since then. Two years ago or so I had to start undervolting/underclocking it some just to keep the temps in check (even then under full load it's 85-97C with full fan). I have completely replaced all the thermal padding and paste twice on this card, but the difference is extremely minimal, even compared to stock. Other than high temps, the card is still perfect.

I am just very curious if heavily used cards will raise in temp of years or not normally. I can't find anything on this anywhere so far. Could this be due to the copper heat piping corroding? That is the only thing I could think of so far. If anyone has some experience or answers here, I would love to hear it!
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Thats a good question. Has anything been moved around in your case over the years that would affect it?
    
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There's two reasons the temps might rise. One is dust build-up. Make sure you don't have a ton of dust on the cooler. Second would be the thermal paste and/or thermal pads degrading. They don't last forever and should be reapplied once a year for best results.
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well if you are cleaning it and replaying paste/ paddings then i dont know what the problem might be, perhaps it is the GPU it self. thinking.gif
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Thats a good question. Has anything been moved around in your case over the years that would affect it?
This card started off in a crappy mATX case, but now it's in a mid-atx case with tons of airflow, ambient temps are fairly low too, it's really just the cards own cooling as far as I can tell that is the issue.

I will say this though, they didn't engineer the cooling system on this card that well really, it should have twice the amount of heatpipes/fins on it with the fans on top.
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There's two reasons the temps might rise. One is dust build-up. Make sure you don't have a ton of dust on the cooler. Second would be the thermal paste and/or thermal pads degrading. They don't last forever and should be reapplied once a year for best results.
You probably didn't read my post, but i've done all that trust me, i'm very careful about it.
Edited by Rushnerd - 5/31/13 at 7:32pm
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your card is very unusal my friend has a gtx 280 and max fans= %100 gets 70C max on furmark ( stock cooler)
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your card is very unusal my friend has a gtx 280 and max fans= %100 gets 70C max on furmark ( stock cooler)
How old is his card? The first few years mine wouldn't go past 75C.
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How old is his card? The first few years mine wouldn't go past 75C.
his card has to be atleast 4 years old, but it isnt used heavy under gaming he usually only plays indie games
Edit: his card is straight from NVidia if that matters.
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Maybe your fan has degraded over time? I'm coming up blank. Did you move to the tropics? tongue.gif
    
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his card has to be atleast 4 years old, but it isnt used heavy under gaming he usually only plays indie games
Edit: his card is straight from NVidia if that matters.
I have heard a lot of stories of the BFG ones overheating, so that could be a factor here. I had this card running everyday for about three years though, gaming 2/3 of that time, before problems started happening. I still think the issue i'm having has something to do with the heatsink/pipes themselves.
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Maybe your fan has degraded over time? I'm coming up blank. Did you move to the tropics? tongue.gif
It stills revs up just as loud as it ever did so I doubt it's the fan, I checked the wiring. Ambient temps aren't the issue.

The only variable here really is the card itself and most likely it's cooling.
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