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Have you checked on the actual fan speed by looking at it? Touch the heatsink on load and see if it's boiling hot..It's really unusual for your card to run that hot
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Yeah, I do have bad case cooling, 2X 90mm fans and 2x 80, its an old case...
And you can always buy some higher CFM fans, too. FrozenCPU has an excellent selection.

Petra's Tech Shop has a lot of cool (no pun intended) PC gadgets too.
    
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Have you checked on the actual fan speed by looking at it? Touch the heatsink on load and see if it's hot..It's really unusual for your card to run that hot
No, I havent, I don't feel like pulling the side off my case, its in a tight spot, but I think I will soon.

And I know it sounds really hot, but my 7600 had the same idle temps, 54C or so, this just goes much higher under load. And the heatsink is like a third smaller than the 7600, with a smaller fan as well.
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post #14 of 28
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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
When I used had dual screen. Ati Tool was open on the blank screen and playing a game on the other. I tried 3dmark06, CSS, Bf2, quake 4 and ATI shows 52c to 55c. However I do "show 3dview" in ati tool and I get a load of 62c. SO! you should be fine
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your temps will never get as high as they do in ATI tool
    
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When I used had dual screen. Ati Tool was open on the blank screen and playing a game on the other. I tried 3dmark06, CSS, Bf2, quake 4 and ATI shows 52c to 55c. However I do "show 3dview" in ati tool and I get a load of 62c. SO! you should be fine
Yeah, amazingly enough the "3D View" or "fuzzy cube" (lol) actually puts a really heavy load on your video card. I get ~50C load temp with the artifact scanner.... but when I play FEAR or HL2 for 1+ hours on Max detail, it only goes up to about 45-46C.
    
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Yeah, amazingly enough the "3D View" or "fuzzy cube" (lol) actually puts a really heavy load on your video card. I get ~50C load temp with the artifact scanner.... but when I play FEAR or HL2 for 1+ hours on Max detail, it only goes up to about 45-46C.
Hmmm.... But even so, I want my card cool enough I can use ATItool, as it is, I can't even scan for artifacts, even if I could push the clocks much.
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post #18 of 28
Mine runs at load around 76F with my overclock. I really don't have any special case cooling so I think yours is running way too hot at stock if it is over 80F. Definitely find a way to cool it down. You might just have a bum card for some reason.
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post #19 of 28
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Hmmm.... But even so, I want my card cool enough I can use ATItool, as it is, I can't even scan for artifacts, even if I could push the clocks much.
What is the ambient temp where your computer is at? Just curious.

I'd try putting a 80/92mm fan by the PCI slots under the card first. If that doesn't work try replacing the fans in your computer with higher CFM ones. If you're still running too hot, then I'd seriously consider an after market cooler like the Zalman VF900 or the Thermalright HR-03 Rev A that I linked to earlier.

The first two options are pretty cheap and could yield great results, but if you have to, I'd shell out the $$ for a good cooler if absolutely needed. I wouldn't want you to burn up that 7950GT - it's a great card!
    
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Ok, I just checked, at least in GTA, which isn't the most demanding, but reasonable, It stays at 64C the whole time..... So yeah, I think I'm going to invest in a couple extra 80mm fans, an maybe some grills, do the normal fan mods....
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