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Sapphire Vapor-X 7950 TOO HOT AND LOUD

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Ok so I've had this card for a while now and this has always bugged me but today it really started to worry me, at the moment it's about 26-28C room temperature and I'm playing Deus Ex:HR, normally I would have my card set at 35% fan speed because any higher sounds crazy loud to me, normally it stays around 65-80C at that speed which also is way too high for my pc.
Anyway while playing it got to 90+C and started to throttle and ramp up the fan speed automatically.\

At the moment I'm only watching a video and surfing and it's running at 61C at 50%, which I can hear through my headphones

So after paying a premium for this card, especially which is meant to be the coolest one of its kind available, why is it still so hot and loud like this?

Also I'm using catalyst Graphics OverDrive running at 850 clock and 1250 memory, which I'm pretty sure is stock and is pretty terrible.

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You could try and replace the TIM on the card. Some card come with incorrect application of TIM which results in higher idle temps.
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What huzzug said.

The Vapor-X cooler is pretty good, and you should NOT be getting those temps at idle.

Replacing the TIM on your GPU will almost certainly drop the temps considerably.
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There also might be a buildup of dust. Happens quite common and easy to fix. Just pull out the card and get a can of compressed air and just blow it out. Nothing too difficult.
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You could try and replace the TIM on the card. Some card come with incorrect application of TIM which results in higher idle temps.

yeah was my first thought, will definitely be giving it a go on the holidays, if you could would you know any guides on how to take off the cooler reapply and replace, thanks

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There also might be a buildup of dust. Happens quite common and easy to fix. Just pull out the card and get a can of compressed air and just blow it out. Nothing too difficult.

yeah something else i gotta do, clean the whole system out, problem is this has been going on for a while, even after pretty new
    
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Just blowing it out has dropped my temps 5c-10c depending on how long it has been, so try that first. As siad above replacing the tim will drop temps an equal amount or possibly more.
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I have/had a Vapor-X 7950 and it didnt get nearly that hot.. I ran it like 60% fan for >1150 Core/1700 Memory, so just imagine how cool and quiet yours should be at stock...

Pretty sure I also tinkered with downvolting and had it run something like 30% fan speed in games with good temps.


So, yeah, dust it out. Re-apply TIM, possibly buy yourself some Fujipoly thermal pads for the memory and VRM if you intend to keep the card for awhile and/or overclock it, and try downvolting it.
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well i'll be damned, turn the card up to 1000/1300, force 40% fan speed, and setting power control to 20, and now the card wont go past 80C, i'm still gonna give my pc a clean and replace the TIM, but can anyone explain what happened tongue.gif
    
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post #9 of 9
This sounds very strange, I actually have that card in a system here at my house and the card is very quiet and under gaming I am not pushing much above 60C with stock settings. Definitely clean the system out, dust can be a cause of a lot of strange heat issues. If dust is an issue the change could be as simple as the dust dislodging during your efforts and the airway clearing.
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