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03-22-2019 05:49 PM
schoolofmonkey Ok so I tried the fan blowing onto the card, didn't make any difference to the actual VRM temps, but it did raise the GPU temps.

I think the bottom intake and fan on the card are keeping the hot air in a pocket around the card itself, so the hot air is exhausting out the side of the card then the top fan (on the backplate) is blowing that same hot air back into the card.

So I'm getting better results using it to draw hot air out from under the backplate.

I am going to try the smaller 90mm Fractal fan I have here to blow onto the VRM's because that doesn't hang over the side of the card like the 140mm Noctua on does.

Update:
The 90mm fan brought the VRM's down 7c, but the GPU went up 4c, still nothing to worry about, worth the trade off.
This is with a small 100Mhz OC on the GPU and VRAM, but my GPU won't OC any more that 100Mhz anyway.
03-22-2019 05:26 PM
kithylin
Quote: Originally Posted by Zfast4y0u View Post
@8051 it makes zero contact with anything, its just for stupid RGB kinda sad but oh well, thats why this guy had better temps on vrm area when he put fan to remove hot air under backplate. that itself lower temps by 10c in his case xd i bet he would have even better temps without backplate at all.

on EK backplate u have lots of spots for thermal pads dedicated to make contact with PCB to cool things over. i just wish they start making fins on em too, for better heat removing, not just flat piece of material.
My EVGA 1080 Ti stock at least the EVGA backplate made thermal contact with the back of the PCB in multiple places with thermal pads. Nasty pads that left this oily residue all over the PCB that took a few hours to clean off but they did contact it. But it was very thin, like 2~3 mm thick or less. I was happy that the EK full backplate I got was.. I'm not sure how thick but it seemed to be about 10mm thick or so. Definitely about +5x thicker than the thin thing that EVGA had on there originally. And it does contact the PCB on the back with multiple thermalpads. I've touched the backplate under load and it does seem to distribute the heat a lot. Looks nice and protects the back of the card too.
03-22-2019 01:15 PM
Zfast4y0u @8051 it makes zero contact with anything, its just for stupid RGB kinda sad but oh well, thats why this guy had better temps on vrm area when he put fan to remove hot air under backplate. that itself lower temps by 10c in his case xd i bet he would have even better temps without backplate at all.

on EK backplate u have lots of spots for thermal pads dedicated to make contact with PCB to cool things over. i just wish they start making fins on em too, for better heat removing, not just flat piece of material.
03-22-2019 12:00 PM
8051
Quote: Originally Posted by Zfast4y0u View Post
@schoolofmonkey

gigabyte aorus and msi gaming x have better temps then the strix, in vrm area, aorus being best of the three and strix has the worst. your temps are within card spec, if u take a look of review from kitguru, his vrm temps were 85c, in open test bench i believe, so your being 5-6c hotter is fine i guess. however yes it could be better. if you are worried for lifespan of ur card, take a look of this video where its explained in detail when you should worry about vrm temps.

btw strix backplate has no purpose in cooling what so ever, its just for the looks, thats why they cut holes for those chips that get hot, to get some breathing area. i know my ek back plate on strix gets somewhere between warm and hot to touch when card is pushed hard. even on water block vrm's can get ''hot'' if you overclock to the limit and put card on heavy load, i know mine can get up to 48-49c in such scenarios, on profile i run for daily use, vrms max out at around 41-44c max

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9JxeIqVkuQ
Interesting thanks. I'm surprised the Asus Strix doesn't have a functional backplate considering its supposed to be a high end part?
03-22-2019 11:42 AM
8051
Quote: Originally Posted by mouacyk View Post
Still pretty cool though, to get mid 40's for air-cooled temps. That's custom water-cooling territory.
True enough. I don't think he's doing any overclocking though.
03-22-2019 05:27 AM
Zfast4y0u @schoolofmonkey

gigabyte aorus and msi gaming x have better temps then the strix, in vrm area, aorus being best of the three and strix has the worst. your temps are within card spec, if u take a look of review from kitguru, his vrm temps were 85c, in open test bench i believe, so your being 5-6c hotter is fine i guess. however yes it could be better. if you are worried for lifespan of ur card, take a look of this video where its explained in detail when you should worry about vrm temps.

btw strix backplate has no purpose in cooling what so ever, its just for the looks, thats why they cut holes for those chips that get hot, to get some breathing area. i know my ek back plate on strix gets somewhere between warm and hot to touch when card is pushed hard. even on water block vrm's can get ''hot'' if you overclock to the limit and put card on heavy load, i know mine can get up to 48-49c in such scenarios, on profile i run for daily use, vrms max out at around 41-44c max



03-22-2019 02:17 AM
schoolofmonkey
Quote: Originally Posted by Streetdragon View Post
turn the fan on the backside around, so it blows on the backlate^^
Looks like it sucks from the plate. + Add a bit of space between plate and fan. That should improve the perfomrence even more
My thought was because there's holes cut in the backplate over the VRM's with no thermal pad connecting them to the metal backplate, sucking the hot air out from under the back plate would be better.

But now thinking about it blowing the cool air that's coming from the front intakes through the back of the card might work better, I'll try it out soon.
03-22-2019 12:01 AM
Streetdragon
Quote: Originally Posted by schoolofmonkey View Post
It's the ROG Strix version.
First time I've actually had cooling issues with them, I knew the VRM's ran a little warmer than some of the other brands thanks to the Guru3D review, they had 82c when overclocked.

The little fan trick (up above) lowered the temps well.
Hitting GPU 71c VRM 89c with a good overclock on a stock fan curve, custom curve lowers it a lot more..

Oh it's summer here down under BTW...
turn the fan on the backside around, so it blows on the backlate^^
Looks like it sucks from the plate. + Add a bit of space between plate and fan. That should improve the perfomrence even more
03-21-2019 11:04 PM
schoolofmonkey
Quote: Originally Posted by kithylin View Post
That's just how your card is designed. Sadly it seems whom ever made the cooler for your card came with a rather poor VRM cooling design but that is still typical operating temps for an air cooled 1080 Ti. It's not uncommon at all to see vrm temps in the 100-115c range for stock air cooled 1080 Ti's. Like I said, roughly +30c over your card's temps. So 70c core temps = 100c VRM temps = normal operating parameters. You can contact support for whom ever made your card if it's within warranty and see what they say. But they will most likely just reply and tell you it's normal for your card and deny an RMA request.
It's the ROG Strix version.
First time I've actually had cooling issues with them, I knew the VRM's ran a little warmer than some of the other brands thanks to the Guru3D review, they had 82c when overclocked.

The little fan trick (up above) lowered the temps well.
Hitting GPU 71c VRM 89c with a good overclock on a stock fan curve, custom curve lowers it a lot more..

Oh it's summer here down under BTW...
03-21-2019 10:17 PM
kithylin
Quote: Originally Posted by schoolofmonkey View Post
I'm still concerned about my VRM temps, they are hitting 96c.

This is completely stock, Stock fan profile, no oc, they never were this high before.
That's just how your card is designed. Sadly it seems whom ever made the cooler for your card came with a rather poor VRM cooling design but that is still typical operating temps for an air cooled 1080 Ti. It's not uncommon at all to see vrm temps in the 100-115c range for stock air cooled 1080 Ti's. Like I said, roughly +30c over your card's temps. So 70c core temps = 100c VRM temps = normal operating parameters. You can contact support for whom ever made your card if it's within warranty and see what they say. But they will most likely just reply and tell you it's normal for your card and deny an RMA request.
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