XFX ATI Radeon HD 6870 Overheating

My Specs
Graphics = XFX ATI Radeon HD 6870 Black Edition 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express
CPU = Intel Core 2 Quad 9400 @2.67GHz
Arctic Freezer Cooler
Motherboard = ASUSTeK P5N-D
PSU = Corsair 750W

Case = CM Storm Scout 1
Fans =
Front =140mm
Top = 140mm
Rear = 120mm
Side = 2x120mm

Hi everyone
My graphics card seems to be reaching extremely high temperatures when playing games and I’m really not sure what the problem is. When idle it hovers around the 45 degree mark but that is with the graphics card fan speed set to 100% and when playing games it reaches over the 100 degree mark. Now my current graphics card is only two years old and I know graphics cards are built to sustain high temperatures but I can’t help but feel something is wrong either with the graphics card or with the something else.
I’d appreciate any feedback whether it’s on ways to improving cooling or a solution to the existing problem.
- The games I've been playing which have caused my graphics card are Dead Island, BioShock, Starcraft 2, Borderlands 2 and a few others.
- The software I used to test my temperatures were MSI afterburner and CPUID Hardware monitor.

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  1. Best answer
    1. Uninstall and Re-install drivers.
    2. Take GPU shround off and clean all dust and everything off.
    If that doesn't work
    3. Take the GPU heatsink off and clean and re apply thermal past.

    I assumed this was no longer under warranty. If It is still absolutely do not reset the GPU heatsink yourself, just RMA it.
  2. Aditec said:
    hi there.
    i dont know where you are and if my suggestions are good for you'
    but lets try anyway.
    when running games and as you say, the temp get too hot,
    try carefully to touch the graphic card heat sink,
    and see that it feel like 100C, so the reading are right.
    if it really is that hot, and the sensor is not wrong and faulty,
    try to take the computer side panel of, like you did in the picture,
    and put a strong big fan near it, the kind of fan you use to cool a room.
    if then the temperature drop alot, then we know we have a problem
    with the cooling, and we can take the next step.

    good luck, and keep us posted.

    AdiTec עדיטק טכנאי מחשבים בחדרה

    I've hovered my hand over the graphics card whiles it been running and it did fell pretty hot. I've also tried the big fan solution and it didn't affect the temperature of at all. Cheers for the suggestions though
  3. Thanks for all the responses so far, I'm trying to get in contact with XFX to see what they suggest before trying the thermal paste solution as I'm under the impression the paste should last more than two years.
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