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Hello,

I've just bought a ASUS DirectCU 6850 graphics card and noticed my temperatures are a little high considering it's winter and room temperatures are lower then the rest of the year.

The card idles at 45C. If a open a Youtube movie or a video file from the HDD it rises and stays at 58C as long as the movie is open. When i play something the temperature is in the 70C area.

My case is a Spire SP-7060B with a 120mm side fan and a 92mm rear one. Wire management is not very good at the moment.

What do you think about the temperatures, are they too high ? Should i try a front fan, better case ?

Thanks
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post #2 of 13
I think the temps are pretty high, but not dangerously so. The case isn't great, it doesn't help with cooling. The problem is the hot air inside the case isn't taken out quickly enough by the single 92mm fan. Youcould buy a more cooling-friendly case or modd the case you have now by drilling a hole in the upper part of the case between the PSU & DVD to make room for a 120mm exhaust fan. This could decrease your temps by more than 10°C.

My 2 cents: it looks like a nice case, if you have the right tools you should try modding before buying a different one. From my experience upper exhaust fans are priceless for cooling, especially for cases with upper-mounted PSUs.
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post #3 of 13
A quick and easy way to lower your temps is grab a program like MSI Afterburner and set custom fan profiles so that your fan is spinning faster. I have a 6850 and and my ambient temps can get up to about 30c on a regular day, temps for the card are around 40c idle and about 60c load (gaming).
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Thanks for the advices ! I have done a resource about custom fan speeds and i prefer not to.

I have decided to try a better case like the Antec One Hundred. Will also have a upper 140mm exhaust fan, 120mm PWM controlled fan in the front and 120mm rear fan. Should get things cooler i think

I'll get back with the results as soon as my system is up and running in the new case.

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Originally Posted by qalex21 View Post
Thanks for the advices ! I have done a resource about custom fan speeds and i prefer not to.

I have decided to try a better case like the Antec One Hundred. Will also have a upper 140mm exhaust fan, 120mm PWM controlled fan in the front and 120mm rear fan. Should get things cooler i think

I'll get back with the results as soon as my system is up and running in the new case.

Thanks

Why spend money if you don't have to!You can always try the fan profile first,then if that does not work,then buy a new case,but seeing as setting the fan yourself is free,you should try that first,it can not make things worse.
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Why spend money if you don't have to!You can always try the fan profile first,then if that does not work,then buy a new case,but seeing as setting the fan yourself is free,you should try that first,it can not make things worse.
That is a good point indeed, however a good quality computer case is a long term investment. My current Spire case just doesn't offer me many options to improve the cooling. I highly doubt that by just adding a front cooler the GPU's temperatures will reduce dramatically, considering also it doesn't even have a mesh type front panel.
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post #7 of 13
I modded in a front bottom 90mm fan and a switch, however I have no sides on the case, that helps a lot, especially with the case down on the cooler floor.

It drops temps

~8-10C on the MB
~5c on the CPU

~5C on the GPU, can be more, but I used some cardboard to deflect the air up towards the RAM, CPU, and NB


The rear 90mm fan does very little to the temps, even though its in line with my TX3, nort sure how much it helps when I put the cardboard sides on (the metal sides got tossed out)
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post #8 of 13
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I'm not really a modding enthusiast. Today i'll receive an Antec Three Hundred case. Will get back to you with the results. Really anxious to see what kind of a temperature difference can a case bring.
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post #9 of 13
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Got the Cooler Master Elite 430 case. Temperatures dropped immediately. Now it idles at 38C instead of 45C with no cable management and only two 120mm coolers.
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post #10 of 13
Very nice,now to add a custom fan profile and you are set!
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