How long is long enough without artifacts? How long should it keep the same setting for without artifacts before it is safe to keep the settings??
Originally Posted by Bindusar
This is really a personal preference thing. If you are a purist then you should never get artifacts. If you don't care if you get some here and there then maybe 5-10 seconds. It's your choice. Artifacts don't "hurt" anything except visual quality. Now if you are pushing to hard and heat is the issue then that is an entirely different issue. As to temps, it seems that the rule of thumb is keep it below 70Â°C and you'll be fine. If you have flashed your BIOS to 9800XT then it will be running really hot to begin with. It is recommended that you get a different HS if you have as the key difference between Pro & XT is the default speed (370 vs 412 if I remember right).
Arctic Silencer or Zalman ZM80D are two excellent HS's recommended.
Originally Posted by LifIsPeachy02
I have the Arctic Silencer REV 1 on it because the REV3 wouldn't fit due to the capacitors location. I also bought some Arctic Silver and put on it. I wish i could get track of the temps. Stupid ATi, they should put temp sensors on all the cards!! When its been under load it feels kind of warm. Not HOT just warm to the touch.