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HD Radeon 7950 Running Hot?

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July 6, 2013 5:53:00 PM

I have a new build (new as in built in April) and its been having some hiccups here and there. One of them is occasional BSODs. I got temp. monitoring software and noticed my card is idling at 54c. I have both a monitor and a Cintiq attached. Is this a normal temp for essentially dual monitors on this card?

I am thinking about getting a bigger case as I went with a small mobo and case which is pretty full so I'm not getting great airflow. So I guess my main question is could my card be running hot? I think I remember anything below 60 is acceptable, esp. with dual monitors but I want this system to last and if getting more airflow going can help me, I am fine with that.

Any help/suggestions/comments are welcome.
July 6, 2013 6:05:16 PM

Full build? EXACT card model?
Temps under load?
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July 6, 2013 6:08:19 PM

Idle temp does not mean much. What are your LOAD temps?
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July 6, 2013 6:17:21 PM

we need more info however with my reference cooler, and an overclock i get 53C idle and up to 83C under load with 3 monitors. If your card gets past 85C you can start to damage it, however if your card gets way to hot it will automatically shut itself down.
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July 6, 2013 9:18:15 PM

Sorry! Full specs:

Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor
Kraken X40 98.3 Liquid Cooler
ASRock Z77E-ITX Mini ITX LGA1155 Motherboard
Patriot Viper 16 GB Memory
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM HD
Radeon HD 7950 3 GB Power Color
BitFenix Prodigy (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case
Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified PSU
Optical Drive Blue-Ray/DVD/CD Combo - ASUS
Win 7 Home Premium

I just started to monitor the temps and at start up it is at 54c and when it runs Maya and/or Flash it stays right around those temps. We haven't done any heavy rendering yet, though. I just thought maybe with the few BSODs its thrown here and there maybe the temps were high.

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July 6, 2013 9:31:15 PM

is it the powercolor with the reference cooler? (single fan)
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July 6, 2013 9:37:37 PM

guitargod213 said:
is it the powercolor with the reference cooler? (single fan)


Yes, it only has one fan on it.

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July 7, 2013 4:15:38 AM

If it's this one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It is going to get both hot and noisy under load, especially if: The case has poor or poorly organised airflow, the system is somewhere warm.
You do n't mention what monitoring software you're using but I like GPU-Z.
Unigine Valley is a good way to check the load temperatures, it's not as unrealistically savage as Furmark.
About 85C is considered on the high side of acceptable under load.
If it's anything like my XFX DD 7950 under heavy load you may wish to consider the purchase of some industrial grade ear defenders or loud headphones ;) .
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July 7, 2013 8:35:01 AM

yea my gpu (the one coozie7 linked) gets extremely loud, and hot.
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July 7, 2013 12:11:16 PM

Thanks so much to all. I am still considering re-casing into a bigger rig for better airflow. For now I am going to keep my eye on it. Thanks again - really appreciate you all taking time to read and comment.
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