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Dead Island Pushes ATI 7950 To Very High Temps

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April 21, 2014 11:28:28 PM

I have been playing Dead Island for the last couple days, and I noticed my graphics card heats up like crazy. Within 10 minutes my card has the fan pushed up so high it sounds like a little airplane. My fan curve is pretty normal by the way, I haven't set it to be 80% at 50C. The temps go into the mid 80s which is ridiculous for a short time period.

I am playing on max settings on a 1920x1080 monitor. Are there any 'magic' settings I can disable to let my game run cooler?

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a b U Graphics card
April 22, 2014 2:12:27 AM

Can you tell me what version fo that GPU you have?

Overall the 7950 with stock cooling (AMD reference) will run very hot. Dead Island is capable of using more resources of the GPU, thats why it heats up more than in other games.
This might be aliviated if you turn a heavy taxing effect like AA or bloom, but most likely it wont change (the GPU will still use its full potential to get the game run as fast as it can).

You could change the thermal paste on the GPU to get lower temperatures (cheap and not rocket science), but the chance that the fan will run more silently is rather small.

An aftermarket cooler might be a good idea if you want to keep it cool and quiet, assuming you can spend some cash.

If you do have a non-reference GPU, there is a chance your cooler is not properly mounted or Its thermal paste has lost its efficiency.
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April 22, 2014 5:27:33 AM

Not a problem with my paste or a non-reference cooler, my card is as stock as it gets. I was just wondering why Dead Island made my card hotter than BF3 and a game like Far Cry 3. I'll minimize the usage of AA for now and see what improvement I get.
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a b U Graphics card
April 23, 2014 1:30:22 AM

I think you missunderstood me:
If the card is reference design, its cooling is usually poor (aftermarket coolers are much better).
Also Thermal Paste degrades over time. So the older the card is, the hotter it will run).
Please note that thermal paste begeins to degrade since the card is first manufacured, not since the moment you buy it.

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April 23, 2014 5:35:13 AM

To some degree there's not much you can do about it. You can turn down some of the visual settings to see if it helps a little but if the game is very GPU intensive, it's going to push the GPU hard and you can't really force it to do otherwise. I know on my old laptop, I could run visually modded Skyrim on ultra just fine, or Metro on high but I play FFXIV for a half hour and it feels like my legs are on fire.
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April 23, 2014 6:52:31 AM

cats_Paw said:
I think you missunderstood me:
If the card is reference design, its cooling is usually poor (aftermarket coolers are much better).
Also Thermal Paste degrades over time. So the older the card is, the hotter it will run).
Please note that thermal paste begeins to degrade since the card is first manufacured, not since the moment you buy it.



Okay, I haven't changed my paste since I got my card (since September 2012). I'll get some new paste and an aftermarket cooler and fix up my card some. If you know any good coolers for the 7950 feel free to share :p 
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April 23, 2014 6:53:25 AM

AGx-07_162 said:
To some degree there's not much you can do about it. You can turn down some of the visual settings to see if it helps a little but if the game is very GPU intensive, it's going to push the GPU hard and you can't really force it to do otherwise. I know on my old laptop, I could run visually modded Skyrim on ultra just fine, or Metro on high but I play FFXIV for a half hour and it feels like my legs are on fire.


That is exactly how I feel with Dead Island. Play other games fine, then I am sitting next to an oven.
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a b U Graphics card
April 24, 2014 1:43:49 AM

I have been out of the game in aftermarket coolers for GPUs for too long to feel confident about givng you an advice about a good aftermarket cooler (make sure when you find one that it is compatible with your GPU).

I can tell you thou that I suggest using arctic silver 5 as thermal paste.
Its in my opinion the best all rounder in terms of price, performance, availability, ease of use.
There are better thermal pastes by maybe 1-2 degrees but are usually hard to use, very expsneive or very hard to find.

I suggest you ask for aftermarket coolers in the GPU forums. Im sure they will have good options for you.
Finally, make sure that the cooler will fit in your case/PCI slots.

If you never aplied thermal paste, please read about it online. Its easy when you know how to, but there are some things that are not that logical unless you know why (like the fact you have to apply very little of the thermal paste).
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April 25, 2014 2:02:50 PM

Thanks for your help Cat :) 
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