I have a Gateway FX-6860, and as part of the system, Acer/Gateway included a Geforce GTX 560TI. I have owned the system for almost 2 years now, and have been constantly fighting the GPU temperature/Noise Level battle.
It seems that no matter what I do, no matter what the ambient temperature is (range from 12C in winter to 35C in summer), I cannot effectively get the card's stock cooler to keep the GPU under 85C unless I use EVGA Precision to set the fans to MAX (85% or 5670RPM). The cooler itself is a blower-type, full length cooler, with a 1/2-length exhaust port on the backplate. Even at 85% fans, the temps can eventually hit 83C, at which point I usually stop gaming and go do something else. At the best of times, the card leaves my ears ringing after a 2 hour gaming session.
The case for this system has one fan port - 120mm, for an exhaust fan. I'm running an Antec 120mm DBB fan (79CFM @ 2000RPM) in the exhaust position, and my new Thermaltake 1000W PSU should also be helping to exhaust some of the hot air.
The card is, as far as I have seen searching online, the only GTX 560TI that runs at 732MHz - it seems that even the NVIDIA reference card has higher clocks and lower temps.
My questions are :
1) Why is this card producing so much heat despite being under even the Nvidia OEM card's spec?
2) Would re-greasing the GPU/re-seating the stock cooler help any with the heat issues?
3) Can anyone tell me if this card is close enough to reference that i could put a better HSF on it, and what the best bet would be?
I have an EVGA GTX 760 SC 2GB coming in the mail, but I would very much like to salvage this card if possible. I have a couple of systems that need rebuilding, and a beefy card like the 560TI would be great to add some gaming grunt to either of them.
Thanks in advance for any useable advice you can provide.
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@rolli59 - Thanks for the reply, although it really didn't answer any of my questions. I was able to ascertain well before posting here that the "death temp" of the card was 99c.
I received my Gtx 760 in the mail last week, and that card only ever gets to 75c Max, and that's only if I let the card control the fans itself. Using Evga Precision, I can easily keep the Gtx 760 at 70c under full load.
Your upgrade is a good one but really an OEM card almost all the time is the blower style reference cooler. Hopefully this will answer the questions but I do not belief in replacing coolers since the money is better spent on upgrading cards.