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MSI Radeon HD 6950 Overheating while Idle

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April 27, 2013 9:31:52 PM

My gpu(http://www.overclock.net/products/msi-radeon-hd-6950-2-...)

is overheating while on idle. I noticed the fan started to blast up for no reason as soon as my desktop loads. I got speedfan running and saw the idle temp is 75 C. I am guessing the fan sensor is working because I am able to hear the fan... is there a way I can fix the gpu from over heating? I already tried cleaning my pc and gfx with compressed air multiple times.
April 27, 2013 9:36:42 PM

pull the heatsink. clean off old paste, apply new, reseat heatsink.
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April 27, 2013 9:38:38 PM

75c seems hot but is not problematic. What temp does it go to under load? What is the temp of the room you are in?

The fan is supposed to start up when the PC boots, and is set up to run automatically. What your seeing could be normal.
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April 27, 2013 9:39:20 PM

swifty_morgan said:
pull the heatsink. clean off old paste, apply new, reseat heatsink.


Avoid this for now and tell me what the temp is under load.
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April 27, 2013 9:41:11 PM

75c is hot at idle. it's also a twin frozerII. it should be quiet and cool well. it's not.
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April 27, 2013 9:42:28 PM

I dont think 75c is normal. Im usually not able to hear the fan this loud.
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April 27, 2013 9:45:04 PM

Is removing the paste and re applying the only way to fix this? I have no idea how to perform that procedure..
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April 27, 2013 9:45:36 PM

Ah, the fan is loud, that could be suggesting a faulty bearing. However, I still encourage you to put the GPU under load and report what the temps are.

Modern GPU's (including your model) are designed to run hotter and withstand temps up to over 100c. If it idles at 75 and under load gets to 85c IMO you are good to go.

If it gets up to 95-100 you are borderline. If your fan gets louder and louder at this point it could be a faulty bearing in the fan, meaning you have to RMA the GPU. GL.
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April 27, 2013 9:47:09 PM

tacobell said:
Is removing the paste and re applying the only way to fix this? I have no idea how to perform that procedure..


This is why I would recommend not doing this procedure. If you dont know what you are dont know what you are doing you could:

Ruin a possibly perfectly good GPU

Void the warranty in the process.

If the paste is bad, RMA the card. If the fan bearing is bad as I suggest...RMA the card.
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April 27, 2013 9:51:04 PM

the warranty doesn't last forever.... 3 years? 2years? card is that old already.

kj you're retarding the fix process. why not just suggest buy new card right away?
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April 27, 2013 9:51:42 PM

I had this gfx for about a year and a half is it possible that the bearing or paste went bad? Also, is there a way I can get the standard idle temp of this gpu? 75c idle still seam high to me.... going to run it under load nowl.
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April 27, 2013 9:53:20 PM

morgan, are you confident that it is a thermal paste problem?
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April 27, 2013 10:02:12 PM

did you try over clocking or messing with the voltages at all?
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April 27, 2013 10:04:06 PM

Most MSI radeon cards have a 3 year warranty (My two 7850 twin frozr cards have a 3 year warranty). You should check on yours to make sure, though im confident yours is 3 year as well.

I am not so confident its a cooling paste issue. The cooling paste does not get moved around alot and its really really really really hard for it to go bad.

A fan is a mechanical part, its constant moving and spinning can easily cause a bearing to go bad.

RMA'ing a card is not "buying a new one," it is getting a hold of MSI tech support, and getting them to allow you to send in your card so you can get a new functional unit. RMA even if the paste is bad is the best way you can go. This is because if the paste is bad and you re-apply it and everything is good- then hey your card works again. However, if you do all that and something goes wrong and you break the card- you could have voided your perfectly good 3 year warranty.
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April 27, 2013 10:09:29 PM

no overclock at all
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April 27, 2013 10:14:16 PM

some of what kj said is true, but you don't get a new card.

no way to truly tell if that's the problem or not. but if you don't try anything nobody is going to know.

if you don't feel good about acting on the suggestions an rma might be in your future. you should check the purchase date of the card and recheck the original warranty.

fixing it isn't a "magic" process.
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June 6, 2013 4:58:19 PM

got an RMA, good as new : )
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