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post #1 of 10
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Idle, it's sitting at 63c. When I was playing Crysis at max settings (all very high) and shooting that nuclear weapon so many times (no lag), the GPU temps eventually rose to 77c. This is weird because I remember clearly awhile ago, the idle temp was around 40c. But now it's 63c?

Not even overclocked, this is stock. The fan speed is at 31% (according to Catalyst) and there are 4 120mm intake fans on my rear panel, blowing fresh air at the lower part of the mobo, which is where the GPU is located of course. The fan speed is still at 31% when I was playing Crysis.

Is it possible to change the GPU fan speed to 100%? or more than 50% at least. It looks like I can change the fan speed to 100% in Catalyst but then I'd have to enable AMD Overdrive... but what would happen if I enable it? Enabling AMD Overdrive = my GPU will become overclocked?
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It wont be overclocked unless you change the other settings in overdrive. Just unlock it then adjust your fan. If you want to relock it in regedit go to hk_current_user-software-ati-ace-settings-dashboard-graphics-overdrive5 and delete TimeUnlocked then reboot. Anything above 45 was too loud for me.
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It wont be overclocked unless you change the other settings in overdrive. Just unlock it then adjust your fan. If you want to relock it in regedit go to hk_current_user-software-ati-ace-settings-dashboard-graphics-overdrive5 and delete TimeUnlocked then reboot. Anything above 45 was too loud for me.
Thanks. I have increased the fan speed to 100%, and now the idle temp got lowered to 47c from 63c. But I don't think this is normal, isn't it? I could be wrong but I heard that people get 40c or so at 50% fan speed or less.

BTW, I'm hard hearing in real life. So all of these noises don't affect me My PC has 14 seperate cooling fans, all set to 100%.
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I'd say its high for idle with 100% fan. Must sound like a jet. Do you have a single monitor? Anything else running? What drivers are you using?
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Yes, I'm using a single monitor. I'm using the latest Catalyst version, and I don't think I'm running anything else... the activity shows 0% in Catalyst
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post #6 of 10
Is it switching to the lower 2d clocks when idle? gpu-z will show more info than catalyst. other than that I'm at a loss. I now have my 6970 watercooled but before mine was running like 45 or so at idle.
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How do I know if it's switching to the lower 2d clocks?
I had switched off the PC for 10 mins and turned it on, still same temps.

Now I've turned the fan speed down to 50% speed from 100% and idle temp shows 50c. If the fan speed was at 100%, the temp would be 47c.

I'm not really sure what's wrong. You know, I get high temps from the CPU as well (max load was at least 70c with Prime95 small FFT). It can't be the room temperature... it's 21c to 24c here.

I'm not even using any aftermarket cooler for the GPU.
Edited by Serady - 4/7/11 at 11:33am
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post #8 of 10
overdrive will show your current clocks down near the bottom. or download gpu-z which i like better because it can log everthing to a text file. on mine in 2d 500/1375 1v then 3d 975/1375 1.250v.
post #9 of 10
a, it could be card not down clocking to save power/lower heat in none activity modes
b, it could be your surrounding temperature increased in your house / local area
c, it could be dust build up over time that increased temperature

In conclusion, you shouldn't stress about it as long as the card's temp during stress is normal. And if you have warranty on the card. Write it off as totally normal and go back to your day.
    
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post #10 of 10
A) who cares if your idle temp seems high

B) 77 is a perfectly acceptable temperature while gaming

C) Yes you can adjust it via overdrive without overclocking but I would suggest a tool like afterburner to make a new auto profile instead.

Finally there is no real benefit to having it run cooler just to run cooler. As I said your load temps are absolutely fine, so dont worry about it and just enjoy it.
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