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I'm getting artifacts starting at 76C on a Gigabyte fx6200 card (128MB, 64 bit, AGP). The card is being stressed by displaying HDTV in clone mode on the PC monitor and on a TV screen. The card is not overclocked, but only has a passive heatsink.

Isn't this temp a little low to be showing artifacts? Someone has suggested the card might be defective, I want to know if I should RMA it.

(I know I can get the card to run cooler by adding a fan to increase airflow over the heatsink (I've tried it out), I want to make sure there's nothing wrong with the card itself.)

Thank you all.
 

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I'd invest in better cooling. Running an HD TV in mirror mode can be pretty stressful. 76C is very high. Whats the case temp and room temp?

ALSO please fill out your system specs in the user CP so people can help you easier.
 

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Room temp is in the 70s, dunno about case temp, but it will be a little high because it's on the small side for stuff that's crammed in (though my CPU runs in the low 50s with a stock fan, so it can't be too bad). A contributing problem is the MicroATX board with only 3 PCI slots all of which are filled, meaning that I can't have an empty slot next to the graphics card to help with circulation around the heatsink.

I can bring the running temp down to around 50C running the HDTV setup by placing a case fan inside the case so it blows across the GPU's heatsink, so that's what I'll do. I wasn't sure just how high temps in the 70s were, relatively speaking. I believe the core temp levels off in the low 80s (without supp cooling) running HDTV after an hour so so.

If I can RMA the card, I probably will step up to a 6600, so to have a little more margin on processing power.

Thanks for your input, since I'm not a gamer, I'm a total noob when it comes to stressing video cards.
 

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50* C at idle? That's really hot for a CPU...
 
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