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March 4, 2014 12:06:48 AM

I'd like to set the fan on my reference 7970 to adjust itself accordingly to stay under a certain temperature. Is this possible with msi afterburner? I heard it is with Riva tuner but it's not liking my drivers. Any help is appreciated. I get artifacts if my card gets slightly hot, I think I damaged it...

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a c 134 K Overclocking
March 4, 2014 6:11:32 AM

Well, It's unlikely you went so hot it damaged the card, unless you have OC'd to unstable 1300Mhz+ On the core clock. You can set fans manually to a higher speed, but there is no option for fans to keep the card below a certain temperature. Best option is to set fans manually at 60-65%, that'll do just fine but could be a little noisy, and as the temperature rises heaps (80+ degrees), make it go to 80%, so it shouldn't rise further. That is the best way to keep the temps down.
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March 4, 2014 9:03:55 AM

unknownofprob said:
Well, It's unlikely you went so hot it damaged the card, unless you have OC'd to unstable 1300Mhz+ On the core clock. You can set fans manually to a higher speed, but there is no option for fans to keep the card below a certain temperature. Best option is to set fans manually at 60-65%, that'll do just fine but could be a little noisy, and as the temperature rises heaps (80+ degrees), make it go to 80%, so it shouldn't rise further. That is the best way to keep the temps down.


Well is there a way to find out what the artifacts are? When I started using a 1080p monitor in 144hz I noticed a white and black line flash on the screen every once and a while, kind of like when you turn an old TV off. This happens more in intense games like bf4 but sometimes even on the desktop. It NEVER happened with my old 60hz 1400 x 1050 monitor. The temperature never rises above 75 degrees in game. I just started mining litecoins, at intensity of 13 I get to about 80 degrees and I get black squares at the bottom of my screen, some of them go away of my mouse crosses them. Any idea what the problem is?
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a c 134 K Overclocking
March 4, 2014 7:36:42 PM

so you've used your old monitor with the 7970?
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March 4, 2014 8:14:02 PM

unknownofprob said:
so you've used your old monitor with the 7970?


Yes, and there was no screen glitching/artifacts
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a c 134 K Overclocking
March 4, 2014 10:03:30 PM

then it is a problem with the monitor. You'll have to get it replaced, Or maybe it is the video port? I would try changing the video ports on the graphics card and inputs on the monitor just to be sure.

Your card will be hotter at 1920x1080 compared to your other, smaller resolution. As the harder the card has to try to power the screen, it has much more pixels. That said the 7970 is able to power 1080p fine and shouldn't hit 80+ degrees unless overclocked to the extreme.
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March 19, 2014 1:16:48 AM

unknownofprob said:
then it is a problem with the monitor. You'll have to get it replaced, Or maybe it is the video port? I would try changing the video ports on the graphics card and inputs on the monitor just to be sure.

Your card will be hotter at 1920x1080 compared to your other, smaller resolution. As the harder the card has to try to power the screen, it has much more pixels. That said the 7970 is able to power 1080p fine and shouldn't hit 80+ degrees unless overclocked to the extreme.


Nope, played for 6 hours on my other rig, no problem. It's either the cable or the graphics card. I'm using the dual link DVI that came with the monitor, I'll try a different one. If that doesn't work and my card is seated nice, straight and tight, should I try moving it to the other PCI-E slot?
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a c 134 K Overclocking
March 19, 2014 7:34:34 AM

yes, I would try another slot.
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