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Safe to run benchmark with default GPU settings.

Hi,

I have built a system with a single ASUS GeForce GTX 770 DirectCU II graphics card, and so far I haven't tried to overclock it above the default.
Using Asus GPU Tweak the temperature target was set to 79 deg, so I assumed the board temperature would not go above that.
I wanted to see what the PassMark benchmark score was for the default settings, but I was shocked to see that during the 3D graphics test the temperature shot up to nearly 100 deg. where I had expected it to stay limited to nearer to 80 deg.
I then ran the benchmark a second time with the fans set to 100% manual, but this time the card crashed which scarred me.

My questions are:
1) Is PassMark performance test 8 safe to run on non-overclocked GPU's?
2) Why was the card allowed to reach such a high temperature?
3) Was my card crash a safety feature, or will I damage the card by repeatidly running such benchmarks?

Thanks.
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    The card should run fine at default settings, if it doesn't then somethings wrong, that's what a stress test is for, to ensure the component will run correctly under load, if it doesn't, then may be RMA time
  2. Tradesman1 said:
    The card should run fine at default settings, if it doesn't then somethings wrong, that's what a stress test is for, to ensure the component will run correctly under load, if it doesn't, then may be RMA time


    Many thanks.
    As a far more experienced overclocker than me, is it possible to say why my card exceeded the temperature target, or am I wrong in my assumptions as to what this control does?
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