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post #11 of 16
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If I upgrade my OS to SP3 will it improve the performance of my card?Also my north bridge is very close to my card,could this be the reason for my card's temps?I have installed evercool fox 1 and did see a difference in temps.The temp when idle is 2C to 3C less than before and it is 4C less at load than before.Can I apply Artic silver 5 on my card(replacing the stock TIM)?
Also please suggest some aftermarket coolers for my card.
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post #12 of 16
A changes in the os might improve your cards performance by some through various os upgrades but don't expect to much. The north bridge shouldn't effect the card so don't bother with it. The stock cooler for that card is adequate and if you want to lower the temps that much you should remove the old heatsink, clean off the thermal paste that was used on the gpu leaving the thermal pads and then you can use AS5 or some other TIM to replace it. I would think that a re-seat of the heatsink with better tim might lower your temps. Its worth a try.
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post #13 of 16
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Thanks for the reply man(+rep),will try it.Also I heard that a bios flash improves performance.Is that true?If yes is it possible to flash my card's bios?If it is possible,please walk me through the process.Will be waiting for your reply.


Note:My catalyst version is 10.11 if that has some thing to do with the process.
Edited by jacksn290 - 3/13/11 at 10:59pm
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post #14 of 16
Honestly I don't know about a bios flash. If done wrong you can brick a card. If you don't mind the risk you can check XFX's website or look around the web. Your catalyst version wouldn't have anything to do with the problem. Also what are you aiming for? Lower temps or better performance? In other words. What is more important. If you can lower your temps you might be able to overclock the card some.
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post #15 of 16
The only way a BIOS flash is going to increase performance is to allow afterburner to pump more voltage through the core but by the looks of it you haven't overclocked it at all to begin with. A BIOS flash would be too risky in your situation, you could brick the card. Like Ameth said, Catalyst versions aren't tied into your fan speeds, that's something totally different. I had a 4650 myself last year and my fan clogged with dust, so definitely try cleaning out the heatsink.

GPUs are designed to hit temps well above 73 degrees. I've heard that NVidia chips don't start to downclock and take damage until 105 degrees. My old 4650 used to hit 85 in the crappy HP case that it was in. When I switched it into my current case (HAF 922) it dropped to just over 60 at load. I suggest either upgrading your fans, looking at a newer case and cleaning the heatsink before worrying about BIOS flashes and catalyst updates.
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post #16 of 16
I used my 4650 at 100-105c temps for like 2 months while I got a new card. And before that it would be about 44c idle and as high as 88c during load...so you are fine.
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