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On my 3rd 6970 at the moment. Doesn't matter what I set the GPU fan to, the idle temps stay the same. They did decrease a tiny bit, but thats only because I put a couple extra fans in my case. Is there something in the BIOS I can tweak to get the fan to actually COOL the card?
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post #2 of 41
rofl... that's cus your ambient is too high.
    
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If you are using Msi Afterburner make 3D and 2D profiles!
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what are the temps?
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I think load temps are better to worry about
    
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post #6 of 41
Idle on the new 6000 series AMD cards are a bit higher than I am used to. My 6870 idled at 38*c in a 15*c ambient.

My GTX 570 idles at 27 in the same ambient.

It's just the nature of the cards. Because the auto fan spins very slowly when there is no load. If I remember corrently the 6870 idles with 22% fan speed. Whereas my 570 idles with 40%.

How hot is your idle. Also I would try to create a custom fan profile in Afterburner that correlates one degree to one % of fan speed. That should help keep idle and in game temperatures down. At the cost of some fan noise though.
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post #7 of 41
Idle temps don't matter that much. AMD chose quietness over airflow for idle fan speeds, or else people would complain about noise. Load temps in the 80s C is normal for cards in that class.
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Well for one, the idle temp has never dropped below 37%, I have an intake fan right near the card at 2000 RPM. Secondly, if a game is runnign at higher than 60 fps, the card thinks it needs to go crazy high in load temps, such as 96c in DS2, yeah Dead Space 2. 96c without Vsync.
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post #9 of 41
Goose, do you know how to change the vid card fan speed in catalyst?
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post #10 of 41
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Hey tsm106, thanks for the reply. Yeah, under the AMD overdrive right? I've changed the fanspeed in Afterburner to 40% fan.
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