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My card is hitting 80-82C SETOCK with just the ATI tool 3D view open, I havent had any random restarts in games or anything, but this is scaring me. I've heard NVIDIA cards have a thermal celing of 80C, but the driver always has the slowdown set to like 115. What's safe? (ambient in the case is 30C)

And I don't want anyone telling me to get it under like 30C, or otherwise just making up numbers, please post if you KNOW something, or if you can point me to a document having something to do with nvidia that explains this.

(edit) after typing this, I looked at atitool, it was 84C at stock clocks, I paniced an reset...
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I would say 80-82C load is fine if you do not have artifacts.
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Yeah, but the #d window on ATItool is hardly load, is it? I would not be suprised if it 90C while I was playing GTA earlier. No artifacts tho.

And as I didnt say, it's a BFG 7950GT OC, 565/715
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Some people will argue this, but I wouldn't get much over 80C to keep it on the safe side. I've heard most of the 7000 and 8000 series can both withstand about 100C, but there's no way I'd run anywhere near that, personally.

IMO, If you're experiencing temps much above 80-85C under load, I'd opt for some better case cooling at least - as in more/better fans or some kind of your own mod. If that doesn't do the trick, try a cooler like the Zalman VF900 or Thermalright HR-03 Rev A.
    
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Some people will argue this, but I wouldn't get much over 80C to keep it on the safe side. I've heard most of the 7000 and 8000 series can both withstand about 100C, but there's no way I'd run anywhere near that, personally.

IMO, If you're experiencing temps much above 80-85C under load, I'd opt for some better case cooling at least - as in more/better fans or some kind of your own mod. If that doesn't do the trick, try a cooler like the Zalman VF-900 or Thermaltake HR-03 Rev A.
Yeah, I do have bad case cooling, 2X 90mm fans and 2x 80, its an old case...
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Yeah, I do have bad case cooling, 2X 80mm fans and @x 80, its an old case...
I don't know if you've done this, but if you have an extra fan, remove your PCI brackets and place a fan there in exhaust. This will remove the bottom heat that the video card creates. Since heat raises, you may also receive some CPU temp drop.
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Check your fan speeds, the same thing happened to my buddy's 7900GT that ran on 600rpm
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I don't know if you've done this, but if you have an extra fan, remove your PCI brackets and place a fan there in exhaust. This will remove the bottom heat that the video card creates. Since heat raises, you may also receive some CPU temp drop.
I had that idea, but I didn't want to file out the slots and render them useless, and it didnt work so well with them in place, but I think I may just get a ****load of fans, and go nuts, this case sucks, I might at least make it work better. I really should just scrap it, the PCI brackets are a bit bentm so the angle between them and the mobo is to high, it bent my 7600 a bit, I'd kill someone it it killed the 7950...
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I don't know if you've done this, but if you have an extra fan, remove your PCI brackets and place a fan there in exhaust. This will remove the bottom heat that the video card creates. Since heat raises, you may also receive some CPU temp drop.
Seconded. Doing that works wonders for some people. And all it costs you is a fan
    
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Check your fan speeds, the same thing happened to my buddy's 7900GT that ran on 600rpm
I set it to 100% fan in rivaTuner....
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