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Ok ive noticed during gaming my temps are getting toasty whsts the absoloute limit your card can reach before possible damege may occur?.... Iam running crossfired 6970s (refrence) design,during metro last light i saw the temps go towards 80 c, is this common for these cards and schould i be worried?....Any tips or tricks i can use to bring the temps down a bit? Iam willing to open them up if i need to change to a better thermal paste but i will need your guys help! ....iam running the cards at 65% fan speed during gaming, its possible i may watercool them if nothing else works, thank you
     
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You can always replace the TIM. Also, check to make sure you have proper air flow providing fresh intake towards your cards. Since reference blowers aren't always as effective as non reference coolers, you might want to think about buying an aftermarket cooler that will allow a crossfire setup.
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They are a little bit tll high, but nothing to be alarmed Bout. When you get a chance take it out of your pc. And get some can of compressed air, blow it in the holes I guaranteee you dust will come out. And I alsi guarantee it will make it cooler.

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Thats a very good idea with the compressed air! Is it wrong if i said i wish i thought about that? Lol.thank you sirs off to microcenter to buy air lol! That sounds wrong
     
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Thats a very good idea with the compressed air! Is it wrong if i said i wish i thought about that? Lol.thank you sirs off to microcenter to buy air lol! That sounds wrong

Ah! I forgot those things can collect a lot of dust! Go for the compressed air first!
post #6 of 17
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Yeah let me clean them up well if that dosent work ill see about possibly changing to s better thermal paste?....but the watercooling is what i really wanna do_ 40c under water you cant argue with those numbers!
     
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Schould i open up the card or just air the card out through the holes?.....what do you guys think?
     
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Just blow it through the holes first. If you notice nothing is coming out, then you have large accumulation of dust. I would then recommend taking the shroud off and seeing where that dust bunny is.
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Update- I took the backplates off and REALLY aired the hell outta them lol, looks like iam in the 60c range now while gaming so that's MUCH better actually! .....Dropped almost 20c after cleaning them up well so iam happy for now:D....Do you guys think if I water cool them I can be in the 40c range? Whats the possibility of that happening?..........Btw much thanks for helping me out guys,I really appricate the support you guys are the best! thumb.gif
     
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Just ran a test with Metro last light and its 20c cooler now running between 60c-63c prior to air cleaning I was close to 90c! Oh yeah iam happy! Thanks again
     
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