Graphics Card Temperature Query

Hey guys,

Basically just wanted some opionons/info.

My Graphics card is about 36-40 degrees Idle which as I've gathered is fine.
When under load the temperature can climb from 50-80 degrees (depending on what game I play).

I have a custom fan curve set up on EVGA'S Precision X.
When it gets above 75 degrees the fan is about 67%, it usually does a good job to keep it below 78. However the machine gets really loud. If i keep the fans on auto speed, it does a good job keeping the temp below 80-87 degrees (on certain games), and my machine runs pretty quiet.

As you've probably guessed, keeping the fan on auto is the more viable option for me. But is it dangerous for the card to be over 80, as I've herd rumours of cards breaking if they exceed 80. I know its obviously better for the card to be as cool as it can. It's obvious that card can break after 90+, agh I dunno, some help please! :??:

Most of the games I play are Graphically Intense. (BF3, Arma 2, Just Cause 2, Empire Total War, just to name a few.

Graphics Card: Nvidia GTX 660 SC

Thanks in advance!

-Ryan
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  1. The maximum GPU temp before its starts throttling(slowing down to prevent damage from heat) is 97°C.
    http://www.geforce.com/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-gtx-660/specifications
  2. bignastyid said:
    The maximum GPU temp before its starts throttling(slowing down to prevent damage from heat) is 97°C.
    http://www.geforce.com/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-gtx-660/specifications


    My God! 97 degrees! Am I okay with just leaving the fan on auto, just to be sure?
  3. iRyzza said:
    bignastyid said:
    The maximum GPU temp before its starts throttling(slowing down to prevent damage from heat) is 97°C.
    http://www.geforce.com/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-gtx-660/specifications


    My God! 97 degrees! Am I okay with just leaving the fan on auto, just to be sure?

    Auto should be fine.
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