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Is there something wrong with my Asus GTX 970 Strix? High temps?

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Ever since I bought my Asus 970 Strix I've been very disappointed with the loud fan noise. All the reviews said the thing is silent and never gets warmer than 70C. Not my card!

When the fan goes faster than ~45% the noise becomes an annoying, loud buzz. And it does go faster than 45% in practically every modern game, because the GPU gets hot very fast. 75C-80C within 2 minutes of starting Far Cry 4 for example. It's like I have a jet engine in my case. I've tried to limit noise with a different fanprofile, but that just makes the GPU reach 80C even faster.

I recently installed a couple extra 140mm fans in my case. Even a side-mounted one aimed directly at the GPU! Temps dropped a tiny bit (1C), but I can't get it below 77C in modern games.
I don't want to replace the thermal paste yet because there's a sticker on one of the screws. Removing it will probably void my warranty. What is wrong with this thing? mad.gif

(I should also mention it idles at 42-45C with the fans off. Is this a normal temp?)
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I'd say my first strix was like yours. Definitely gets hot, had to use clu instead of normal paste. Etc...

Then I rmaed the card and got a second strix. Wow...what a difference. I haven't seen 60c on the card yet and the fans are quiet upto about 45% for me. Card overclocks amazingly well too.

I'd repast the card. I'm not positive but your warranty is still valid if it's broken. It just let's the techs know if you rma it that you could have done physical damage to it.
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I'd say my first strix was like yours. Definitely gets hot, had to use clu instead of normal paste.

Thanks for the info Cakewalk! Looks like I definitely got a "bad" one then. The card performs perfectly fine (cool and quiet) in lighter games such as Dishonored, but in any game that has more than ~90% GPU usage, I get sub-60 framerate drops because the card throttles down once it reaches 79C (1330Mhz->1280Mhz, and lower!) . I could increase the thermal limit, but I don't want to cook my GPU. I'm not comfortable with 85C+ temps.

What kind of improvements did you see when you repasted your card? And why did you RMA it later anyway?
I'm looking at Arctic Cooling MX4. I'm not going to experiment with liquid metal paste. Not worth the risk in my opinion.

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I'd repast the card. I'm not positive but your warranty is still valid if it's broken. It just let's the techs know if you rma it that you could have done physical damage to it.
Well, that's what I'm worried about. They may say "hey this guy removed the cooler" and not give me a new one. On the other hand, the card is almost 2 years old now, so there's only 1 year warranty left. Decisions...
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