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Hi there,

I've had my 6800GT AGP for about one year now. I pretty much only play EQ2 on it in one or two gfx modes. Everything was fine until recently when I started getting artifacting and then full lock-ups.

I have checked the cards temps. and when artifacting it's been in the 98 to 105 range. Right now, with the side of the PC off I'm getting an ambient of 52 and gpu of 72 at no load.

Unfortunately I have no idea if it was running these temps before I was getting the artifacts / locks - I had no reason to check them before.

All fans are running and nothing has changed in terms of hardware.

I'm thinking about putting in a side fan on the case to help lower the temps but that doesn't explain why my system started doing this.

Does anyone have any ideas as to what might have happened or suggestions for improved cooling please?

Thanks in advance,

Insom.
 

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Originally Posted by Insomniak

Hi there,

I've had my 6800GT AGP for about one year now. I pretty much only play EQ2 on it in one or two gfx modes. Everything was fine until recently when I started getting artifacting and then full lock-ups.

I have checked the cards temps. and when artifacting it's been in the 98 to 105 range. Right now, with the side of the PC off I'm getting an ambient of 52 and gpu of 72 at no load.

Unfortunately I have no idea if it was running these temps before I was getting the artifacts / locks - I had no reason to check them before.

All fans are running and nothing has changed in terms of hardware.

I'm thinking about putting in a side fan on the case to help lower the temps but that doesn't explain why my system started doing this.

Does anyone have any ideas as to what might have happened or suggestions for improved cooling please?

Thanks in advance,

Insom.

To improve cooling you can apply some AS5 on the gpu, that should reduce temps by a bit if not by a lot.
 

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Hi,

Thanks for that advice Alan_13. It helped but maybe not how it was intended:

I bought some thermal compound today and removed the card to get ready to apply it. It was then that I saw the port that leads from the fan across the heatsink was completely clogged with dust! I couldn't see it was blocked with the card installed and have now cleared it.

As I write the card is now sitting at a healthier 48C unloaded (24C lower than yesterday).

I feel pretty stupid :withstupi

Anyway, now I am wondering whether I should risk the new thermal compound on a card that's working fine - hmmm


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no you shouldnt because your card is running fine right now would you happen to know what driver your running on that could make temperatures freak out sometimes..
i recommend these drivers anyway there better than 81.98 because they have less errors for cod2... makes it unplayable but other than that there fine this is what i use for that card http://www.nvidia.com/object/winxp_2k_81.95.html other than that i just think u need as5 on it because you could have a faulty thermal pad... also.. try taking your card out and dust it that is also a frequent problem...
 

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Originally Posted by Insomniak

Hi,

Thanks for that advice Alan_13. It helped but maybe not how it was intended:

I bought some thermal compound today and removed the card to get ready to apply it. It was then that I saw the port that leads from the fan across the heatsink was completely clogged with dust! I couldn't see it was blocked with the card installed and have now cleared it.

As I write the card is now sitting at a healthier 48C unloaded (24C lower than yesterday).

I feel pretty stupid :withstupi

Anyway, now I am wondering whether I should risk the new thermal compound on a card that's working fine - hmmm


Insom.

Dust is quite the killer! When my vid card start to run hotter than what I call normal, I check the fan on it and get out the can of compressed air and blow it out. Normal temps for me are about 45c idle and 60 load. I typicaly clean mine out about every other month.
 
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