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January 25, 2014 8:18:35 PM

hello guys. i have had this problem for quite a while and have searched the web thoroughly for an answer without any results.

i own an Nvidia 9600 GSO 2GB graphics card. its been working fine until one day every single game i tried to play had no more than 1-2 FPS no matter how demanding that game was.

i thought it was a driver problem so i installed the latest drivers, tried rolling back to previous drivers and when i got desperate i formatted the PC entirely and installed fresh drivers. to make sure its not a virus. with no use whatsoever. then i read it might be a temperature problem so i installed GPU-z, EVGA precision X, MSI afterburner AND speed fan to see my temps. ALL of which read exactly 239c for GPU temperature which is absurd for my whole PC would be on fire by now. even when instantly booting up after days it instantly reads 239c not a single degree higher or lower. i think this is the reason my GPU's performance has been reduced to absolute minimum, because the PC thinks its being fried. when its not.

is it a hardware problem? (ie: sensor) or maybe it can be fixed with software? and IF any of them is necessary please elaborate? please guys im desperate for a fix. thanks in advance :) 

[EDIT] i should add thatthe pc is otherwise fine. it works properly except when i try and play a game.
January 25, 2014 8:22:55 PM

Makes me wonder if the thermal probe has died, Causing the GPU to throttle like a ..Well, You get it

You have all the latest versions of the software you mentioned right?
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January 25, 2014 8:27:03 PM

yes i do, and i double checked them. i even re-installed windows twice for god's sake haha. i have windows 7 ultimate. and i installed graphics driver, CPU drivers and applications which came with it. directX 10, cleaned the dust 3 times already there is non left. i dont know what to do.
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January 25, 2014 8:29:18 PM

Yeah, Considering the age of the part, I think it may be dead.

Im assuming by now a warranty isnt a problem, Id personally remove the cooler and take a look.

Unless someone else here has any other suggestions =/
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January 25, 2014 8:32:00 PM

it has been installed more than 3 years ago and the mark is old in itself yeah. if the thermal probe is dead could it be replaced? or should i kiss my graphics card goodbye? :( 
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January 25, 2014 8:35:33 PM

i should add that the pc is otherwise fine. it works properly except when i try and play a game.
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January 25, 2014 8:38:07 PM

Idk to be honest...
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January 25, 2014 8:39:59 PM

Not to sound like a moron but, your graphics card is slow by today's standards anyway.
You could get a 650 for $106 on newegg.
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January 25, 2014 8:43:54 PM

i've been planning on buying a new PC for a while, but im sort of lacking the cash so this is what i got, and although it's old it can run most recent games easily at medium with the help of my CPU so that is fine with me by now. but no graphics card at all is the problem. not an old graphics card :/ 
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January 25, 2014 8:44:40 PM

Sounds dead. If it really was 239c you'd have a pile of smelted metal and plastic on the bottom of your case. You could try removing the plastic and hitting it with a heatgun to try to repair any cold solder joints, but that gpu is four years old anyway. You could probably get better performance out of a new $50 card.
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January 25, 2014 8:47:43 PM

@zeph_yr can you recommend any good graphics cards which are better than mine with a range of less than a 100$? (college student xD)
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January 25, 2014 9:04:29 PM

Or a 650 as I mentioned above for $106.
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January 25, 2014 9:05:58 PM

cst1992 said:
Or a 650 as I mentioned above for $106.


Yep, 650 would work too... Spaced that one for some reason...
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January 25, 2014 9:07:50 PM

cst1992 said:
Or a 650 as I mentioned above for $106.


i've already taken the 650 into consideration from your answer, i was only looking for more options :) 

thanks alot guy's you've been alot of help :) 
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