Safe GPU temperature?

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  • Lexx87 12 May 2008 17:38:26 20,869 posts
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    Bit of a noob question but I can't really find my answer on Google or anywhere. Basically my 9800GT2 is running at 72 degrees, where as of last week (when the weather wasn't so lovely ) it was around 55-60.

    I'm just wondering what the maximum safe temperature is for these cards if anyone knows, I know the 9800GT2 is a bit of a beast but 72 seems a little too hot to me.

    Speak the truth hussy!

  • JediMasterMalik 12 May 2008 17:39:17 11,820 posts
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    Get it below 60 and you should be cool. (see what I did there? :p)
  • ilmaestro 12 May 2008 17:47:46 32,407 posts
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    GX2? I'd imagine that runs a bit toasty anyway.

    Also, here's one thread, from a quick google.

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  • Spectral 12 May 2008 17:50:41 4,974 posts
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    72 is perfectly fine for a gfx card, they tend to run hotter than CPU's do put its not a problem for them. Even if it was to get too hot they usually underclock themselves rather than fry.
  • Lexx87 12 May 2008 18:40:20 20,869 posts
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    Tiny bit confused, apparantly I have two GT2s according to my system, I mean I know they are two cards stuck together but still.

    Anyway I can select between the two using the ASUS SmartDoctor program I have if i select my '1st GPU' I have the 70 degrees temp but can't select any fan options or anything.

    If I click on '2nd GPU' I get all the fan options, and it instantly cooled the card down to 50 degrees.

    Why do I have two different cards to choose from giving me different options?

    /is confused

    Speak the truth hussy!

  • heyyo 12 May 2008 18:51:20 14,374 posts
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    Lexx87 wrote:
    Tiny bit confused, apparantly I have two GT2s according to my system, I mean I know they are two cards stuck together but still.

    Anyway I can select between the two using the ASUS SmartDoctor program I have if i select my '1st GPU' I have the 70 degrees temp but can't select any fan options or anything.

    If I click on '2nd GPU' I get all the fan options, and it instantly cooled the card down to 50 degrees.

    Why do I have two different cards to choose from giving me different options?

    /is confused

    Because you stuck them together using duct tape?
  • Lexx87 12 May 2008 19:08:03 20,869 posts
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    Yes. Exactly that :p

    Speak the truth hussy!

  • Deleted user 12 May 2008 20:06:23
    Nice topic. With the heat wave in Belgium at the moment my graphical card is going nuts, even in idle mode (58-60C)

    I've had issues with the card before though before I replaced the cooler. I think of getting a new 8800 GT right away rather than mess up with cooling once more should it make no difference for my botched card.
  • Spectral 13 May 2008 00:07:58 4,974 posts
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    60 degrees even idle isn't all that bad, in general while not ideal gfx cards can handle some pretty high temps. So long as under load you're not in the 90+ region there shouldn't be any problem.

    Edit: Aren't the GT2's basically an SLI configuration but all built into one card? So as far as the PC is concerned is actually 2 cards. Again dont worry about 72 degrees, thats a normal temp for a powerful card. Besides you are running smartdoctor if the card was overheating it would tell you. I'm presuming that 72 is under load, if its idleing at that than depening on how much it rises under load there could be a problem.

    @Alegis: My 8800GTS is currently idleing at 58, thats not particularly high if the weather is warm.
  • Petrarch 13 May 2008 01:17:41 3,425 posts
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    Mine normally idles around 60 but under full load it can jump to 85 and it has pushed 90 with a couple of games which has been run for hours on end with no ill effect.

    Thermal ceiling tends to be around the 125 mark - if it gets that high cards will shut themselves off to stop themselves from melting.
  • Unknown27 14 May 2008 12:43:31 6 posts
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    Good thread this, I've got an 8800gt which usually idles at 50 then jumps close to 70 under load. That's with a third party cooler though.

    Once played crysis with the stock cooler and forgot to up the fan speed and the card reached 109!!!!

    Thought it was gonna melt but it was ok! :p
  • Lexx87 14 May 2008 12:49:36 20,869 posts
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    My problem I realised was that I didn't do the smartcooler settings properly, now the fan is actually turned on idle my CPU is in the 45-50 region which is rather nice!

    Speak the truth hussy!

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