Originally Posted by shremi
Hi guys i could use your advice.
I can clearly state that my card is not as great as most of your cards. I personally think i have the worst card in this thread.
So far i can say that my card needs a lot of voltage , in order for my card to pull up the stock msi gtx 470 bios it requires 1.025 MV.
I finally started to overclock and see what i could came up with so far i got this results.
1.- 1.075Mv to pull 760 and 1740 when running OCCT my card reaches the high 80s C.
2.- 1.087 Mv to pull 780 and 1740 ( i think i could go higher) when running OCCT my card reaches 92 C.
I know Nvidia says this cards can support up to 105 C but i don't know if i really want to go there.
I have a good case with sufficient airflow.
What do you think of my temps are they safe ??? I am seriously considering going H2O just to keep my card cool but i really don't know if it is going to give me better results. I could also install a side vent on the door which can blow air directly to the card but i really don't know if it is going to affect my airflow.
Thanks for your time.
Your temps are safe, I believe they are right around where reference gtx470's are though. With this card's heatsink, you should be seeing lower temps than that even @ those voltage's. Mine got up to 77C with those clocks @ that voltage after 20 minutes of OCCT, and I got 11 errors, so i wouldn't even say my card is stable at that point.
My card can't go much past 750 on the core, and 1700 on the memory @ any voltage i've tested, so if you think yours could go higher than 780 @ 1.087v, I would say it's at least better than mine. You just gotta get those temps in check.
I remember you saying you replaced the stock TIM, what were your temps like before you did that? Are they higher now? It could be that you used too much/too little TIM, or the Scythe TIM isn't very good. Also, what did you use to remove the old TIM, I would recommend some artic clean, or high isopropyl alcohol. You may want to think about getting some Shin-etsu, and reapply. I haven't done anything to my card, and it's cooler than yours, even with your case probably having better airflow than mine.