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Idle temps too high? Fan not spinning + high core clock? (GTX 970)

I have a GTX 970 and I'm getting 55c idle, not sure if that's too much? I have two monitors connected to it, one 144Hz and the other 60Hz.

Using GPU-Z on the Sensors tab I can see my Core Clock is 899.4MHz and my Memory Clock is 1752.8MHz, I've seen people saying that the Core Clock should be as low as 100-200MHz when idle, what's wrong with mine?

Also the fan speed is on 0% until I boot up a game, so maybe there's something wrong there too?

Any help is much appreciated!

Edit: just tried using a single monitor and the Core Clock drops to 135Mhz and the temperature is 44c. Fan is still at 0%.

Is this normal behaviour?
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  1. Pt 2: some models purposely leave the fan off until temps hit 60C, i.e. once you start gaming.
    Pt 1: Core should be low when idle, but the GPU can help out on webpages so you need to be sure it's truly idle. Two screens may impact this, try it with one screen and idle, this was an ancient problem that i'd been told had been solved, but i'd never checked.
  2. 13thmonkey said:
    Pt 2: some models purposely leave the fan off until temps hit 60C, i.e. once you start gaming.
    Pt 1: Core should be low when idle, but the GPU can help out on webpages so you need to be sure it's truly idle. Two screens may impact this, try it with one screen and idle, this was an ancient problem that i'd been told had been solved, but i'd never checked.


    I just tried using one monitor and the clock speed dropped to 135MHz and the temperature is now 41c. Should I override the fan settings with MSI Afterburner to have it on even when idle at a low fan speed? I'm not sure whether having a 55c idle temperature is damaging the card over time, or whether having the fans on all the time will damage it either. Any info is appreciated.
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    i'd leave it alone, it won't do any harm in my humble opinion. Fans are more likely to fail before the core, so resting them would be best. By the time it does fail it'll be borderline obsolete.
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