Originally Posted by PhatMuffinMan
I will try and get some gaming time in tomorrow.
If my load gets above lets say 80, do those little pci card slot coolers do any justice? Also, do aftermarket gpu cooler's void card warranties? I have 30 days to return the card in one piece, haha.
The fan on my card spins up to 100% during POST as well and just like yours does, it settles down once XP loads. I think it's just the nature of the beast.
As for your temps, the PCI slot coolers, if I recall correctly, normally only blow warm air out the back of your case. At least, that's what I had read when I was looking at them as a source of cooling. Now if you're looking at installing one directly below your video card you'd want it pull cold air in from the outside. Otherwise having your card fan blowing air onto the heatsink and your PCI fan pulling away from that fan wouldn't be doing a whole lot of good.
You could always get one, crack it open, flip the fan and you'd have an intake. I've toyed with that idea as well...just don't plan on returning it if it dies.
For temps I tend to make 90 degrees the absolute max but tend to cut it off when it reaches low 80's just to be safe. I thought the cooling solution was supposed to be pretty good on these ones...larger fan, etc?