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Well, this all started when i got my original x1600 pro with 512mb ddr2, i notice it ran around 60 at loads over time, i thought it was a bit high, so i bought a thermaltake tidewater vga card water cooler, but i broke my x1600 pro board,

i had the tide water on my now in use x1600 xt with gddr3, when using my water cooler i was getting temps of mid 30C @ idle and high 40C on load, nowhere near how my pro board was around 60,

Now i took the water cooler off after having it on there for about 6 months now, because i need the case room, i put the cooler that came with my x1600xt back on using the original screws and some fresh artic silver,

the problem is now im hoving around a high50c-low60c idle and according to my atitool log (v0.26) im hitting temps of mid 90cs

here look
2007-02-27 00:36:36I Temperature:GPU: 89.8°C
2007-02-27 00:36:39I Temperature:GPU: 91.3°C GPU environment: 51.0°C
2007-02-27 00:36:42I Temperature:GPU: 89.3°C GPU environment: 51.0°C
2007-02-27 00:36:45I Temperature:GPU: 93.0°C GPU environment: 50.0°C
2007-02-27 00:36:48I Temperature:GPU: 93.5°C GPU environment: 51.0°C
2007-02-27 00:36:51I Temperature:GPU: 94.6°C GPU environment: 51.0°C
2007-02-27 00:36:54I Temperature:GPU: 92.9°C GPU environment: 51.0°C
2007-02-27 00:36:57I Temperature:GPU: 94.8°C
2007-02-27 00:37:00I Temperature:GPU: 92.9°C
2007-02-27 00:37:03I Temperature:GPU: 94.0°C
2007-02-27 00:37:06I Temperature:GPU: 92.6°C
2007-02-27 00:37:09 Temperature:GPU: 90.1°C
2007-02-27 00:37:12I Temperature:GPU: 87.9°C
2007-02-27 00:37:15 Temperature:GPU: 87.8°C

Am i burning this puppy up? I dont get any graphical errors at these temps and im playin doom3 and ut2k4, any ideas?
post #2 of 7
The 8800 series aren't recommended at those temps and they are the hottest GPUs around. I suggest a reseat and make sure your heatsink is touch the cards parts because there could be gaps that only a thermal pad could fill.
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90 is okay, but mid 90's you might want to reseat the heatsink with some AS5 or something.
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ill give it a shot, but 90s are ok? whats the max on these things? i think someone told me the ATI chips are good to 100c! is that true?!

Later today i did infact do that, i went to reseat the heatsink and i took that foam insulating looking stuff, but then i also

1. Lapped my GPU
2. Made sure the fan worked.

And the problem was the second one, my fan wasnt working, it had a poor connection to the white connector on the board, so i actually removed the white slot on the board side and stuck the fan connector directly on the pins and it work.

Already noticed more normail temps, especially when using Power Cinema with my TV Wonder Elite, bc i would hit mid 60s just watching tv, now i stay mid 40s.

Thanks guys,

BTW I also use AS/5 on everything!

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post #5 of 7
god thats hot!
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Your telling me, i knew something had to be wrong, 90c is rediculous, after doing the above mentioned, lapping gpu and reseating h/s like i said

im still mid40c-low50c when running power cinema (2d), but i chked with ATI tool 3d revealed still hitting around 70C at full load 3d for about half hour,

BUT AT LEAST ITS NOT 94.8C like i was hitting before

Did i mention I had no 3d graphical errors at that temp?!

WHAT THE HELL IS THE MAX TEMP? lol oh and that mid 70C is with and without an overclock

When i was using the Thermaltake Tidewater VGA Watercooler system, i had hit 680/800(1600) at a stable mid 50C, and at stock speed it wouldnt even hit 50C,

Now back to stock cooler im running @ 630/720(1440) @ 70c, stock @ 580/680(1360) was @ 68C

When I lapped the Gpu i noticed a nice improvement on the gpu surface area, the edges on my rv530 were sitting a little higher then the center die was, so i know that helped.

Artice Silver 5 is the bomb tho, have had my Athlon64 2.2Ghz @ 3.1Ghz for sometime now with Thermaltake Venus12 cooler,

this time i put some on the memory, maybe transfer the heat form memory faster to the rubber that on the hs? lol

I still want to know max temp since no graphical errors @ 94C
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My x800xt never had a problem hitting 110c, and i've never seen a card get higher then that lol. ATi's seem to be able to take some heat. It might be getting even hotter now that its in a cramped dell case designed for a geforce mx440.

However, the cooler it is the better.
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