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May 14, 2007 6:49:49 PM

My trusty GF 5900 finally retires after 4+ years of service when I receive my Gainward GF 8500GT in the next few days and I was looking for a way of sending the old girl off in style...

However I was struggling to find something that really set my 5900 apart until I read about people complaining about how hot the new 2900xt gets.

That's when it hit me, the one thing that my card does better than any other is get HOT!

For those of you bothered by the heat of the new 2900xt you might want to consider that my geforce 5900 (stock: 400mhz core, 425mhz ram) IDLES at 79C and 30secs of artifact scanning in ATItool gets the temp up to a toasty 106C! 8O

It's like getting a free imersion heater with your graphics card :D 

My trusty GF 5900 stands ready to fry an egg quicker than your stove!

Do you think your card is better?

Post your temps and let the sizzling commence, mmm bacon...

GF 5900 Idle: 79C, Load: 106C... Beat That!

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May 14, 2007 7:08:43 PM

Probably my 9800 Pro, when it was overclocked.
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May 14, 2007 7:09:40 PM

Hahahaha!
Nothing can beat my previews MSI X1900XTX!
Lived only 2 Weeks!
Why?
Play 2 Weeks of Test Drive Unlimited at 110c & your graphics card melt like cheese! :twisted:
The fan was too loud(1000watt RMS i think)that i couldn't hear my car's engine!
I couldn't play at nights, because nobody could sleep in the whole neighbourhood!
I could easily make Tea & Coffee on it!
I wish i had some images...
That's why i will never buy any AMD/ATI card again!
May 14, 2007 7:13:12 PM

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The fan was too loud(1000watt RMS i think)that i couldn't hear my car's engine!


uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.........
May 14, 2007 7:23:31 PM

I thought that my current card was running hot: a Dell OEM X800SE/GT. It idles at 48C and loads at 78C after maybe 5min of artifact testing.

The thing is, when I open my case, the load temps drop 10C. I do have a fan blowing on that area, but its very weak.

After a while of gaming, it startsto stutter, and I have to open the case.

Im getting a 7600gt w/VF700CU off of my friend for $90. Im also getting a PCI slot blower. It should give me lower temps.
a b U Graphics card
May 14, 2007 7:34:18 PM

115c on my 6800gt :tongue:
May 14, 2007 7:40:40 PM

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115c on my 6800gt :tongue:

Dam it!
that beats my X1900XTX! :x
but not in loudness! 8)
May 14, 2007 7:43:10 PM

My X800XL 55C idle 91C under load.
May 14, 2007 7:47:49 PM

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My X800XL 55C idle 91C under load.

Nah Budy!
that's too cool! 8)
Need some high three digits temps! :tongue:
For now sirheck is the winner of the Hottest GPU Cup! :trophy:
May 14, 2007 7:58:03 PM

Yeah I know, but it still make me nervous when it gets up that high. :) 
May 14, 2007 8:04:11 PM

My X1900GT ides at about 50-55C and gets up to about 85 load at times.
May 14, 2007 8:05:10 PM

Come on guys!
No more competitor? 8)
May 14, 2007 8:08:41 PM

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My X1900GT ides at about 50-55C and gets up to about 85 load at times.

Ouch!
5th place for you budy!
May 14, 2007 8:10:41 PM

I had a Sapphire x800 Factory OC'd that ran at about 90c - 95c under load. It was like a little nuclear reactor in my box. Nice in the winter as it kept my feet warm in the mornings.
May 14, 2007 8:19:21 PM

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...Nice in the winter as it kept my feet warm in the mornings.

:lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol: 
4th Place!
May 14, 2007 8:39:29 PM

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115c on my 6800gt :tongue:


Same on my Leadtek's WinFast 6800 GT (OCed) :) 
Died after 10 month of use hitting that temp only in hottest summer days.
I bought a zalman cooler when I've started getting artifacts at all clocks.. well prolonged the life of my card for 2 month but it died anyway :( 
May 14, 2007 8:45:45 PM

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My X1900GT ides at about 50-55C and gets up to about 85 load at times.

Ouch!
5th place for you budy!
Good thing I've got A/C in the summer, or it would be 100C for sure. :lol: 
May 14, 2007 9:12:55 PM

85C - 110C....., you guys must live in

HELL!!

I have two 8800GTX, and the one furthest from the fan has never gone over 73C full load...., and I was worried then and the are OC'ed.???????
May 14, 2007 9:17:51 PM

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85C - 110C....., you guys must live in

HELL!!

I have two 8800GTX, and the one furthest from the fan has never gone over 73C full load...., and I was worried then and the are OC'ed.???????


Well.. GPU's die in "HELL!!", 2 of mine did + 3rd but I am not sure it was because of high temps. Somehow every time GPU dies I seem to scrape some cash for a whole new setup (selling old one with some low end GPU) so high temps never stoped me from overclocking.
May 14, 2007 9:41:51 PM

My hottest card ever is definitely a Voodoo 3 3000. It was so hot I once boiled a pot of water and cooked speghetti on it.

I don't have temps but a nasa probed once crashed through my bedroom window thinking it was heading for the sun. It coast me $3000 to patch the roof.

Now that's hot!!!
May 14, 2007 9:45:24 PM

I live in the UK, not exactly hell but close enough (more of a frozen hell really)... it's may and it's been cold & rainy for over a week with the same forecast for this week. :( 

My temps were recorded this morning in 11C heat so that just tips me back over the top!

I'd h8 to think how hot the card would get if it actually warms up here.

To regain the temperature crown I will try to OC the card before my new 1 arrives.

The struggle for a 1mhz OC is on!

Who will die first?

The 5900 or me from heat stroke! :lol: 
May 14, 2007 9:52:00 PM

My room is MUCH hotter than any other room in the house, and thats with the window open!

After a morning of encoding video, my room stayed unbearably hot for the rest of the day.

My Specs: Dell XPS Gen 3
Pentium 4 540 Prescott with Heatbust and Hyperthreading 3.2ghz, non OC
ATI X800SE/GT gpu

After my PC wasnt used for a couple weeks, my room became much cooler, even cooler than any other room in the house.

But I have never felt hot air coming out the back of the PC. The HSF has also never felt hot to the touch, maybe a little warm during full load.

I have no idea how the cooling in my case works. I will have to post some pics so you guys can help me out.
May 14, 2007 10:16:55 PM

My overclocked X1800XT gets to about 110C before the graphics driver reboots - that's when I know that the sticky tape on the fan has fallen off :) 
a b U Graphics card
May 14, 2007 10:39:26 PM

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115c on my 6800gt :tongue:

Dam it!
that beats my X1900XTX! :x
but not in loudness! 8)

That was about two years ago that it was hitting those temps
the heatsink was full of dust for about two months before
i found the problem 8O

It is still kickin though.
May 14, 2007 10:52:23 PM

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I love my x850XT flashed to PE there is no game that I want to play that she can't handle. Ive already done so many things to her and she is still alive. Did you know that she can run way over 128C stable. She is not to loud, run at 2 % and she will never hit over 80 on stock clocks. And if you don't do any gaming you can run her at 0 and she won't ever get above 75. I love her but I may just leave her for Geforce 8600gt. I'm a bad boyfriend.

'Derek2006'
http://forumz.tomshardware.com/hardware/modules.php?nam...
May 14, 2007 11:30:29 PM

My hottest running card, suprisingly, was my 9800pro, after overclock, with a zalman ZM80D-HP ran hot to the touch. The suprising part is that my x850xt (running at 600/580) never goes over 30C (well, thanks, in part, to my modded nikita watercooler i have running on it.)
May 14, 2007 11:51:53 PM

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My hottest running card, suprisingly, was my 9800pro, after overclock, with a zalman ZM80D-HP ran hot to the touch. The suprising part is that my x850xt (running at 600/580) never goes over 30C (well, thanks, in part, to my modded nikita watercooler i have running on it.)


pics?
May 15, 2007 12:39:34 AM

hahah at one point i sorta accidentaly ran a piece of aluminum heatsink across the corner of the board and i guess that something got fried, and since then i cant use ATi Overdrive or see the temps in ATItool. However, i remember that the memory at oc had a hard time reaching 45C (with small zalman heatsinks from the before mentioned passive cooler).
The temps are more of guesstimates made comparing the temp of the memory sink (which in theory should be the same 45 as b4) and the temps of my cpu block (which gives me a bearing as far as cold temps) and my GPU block. At full load, my GPU block runs (well, ran since i took the CPU of the water cooler loop and stuck stock HSF on it) considerably cooler. so i estimate the block to be doing 25-30, therefore itd be safe to say the GPU itself prolly runs a lttle over that, at or around 30-35.

I could get some screens up if i figured out what is wrong with the card's temp/fans speed sensor...

Or is it that you want a picture of the cooler?


i might have a pic of my old 9800 (RIP, it got fried cause of a faulty powersupply sometime between last september and last november)
and it on the water loop, and meybe even a picture of it with its old passive cooler...
May 15, 2007 1:07:22 AM

I have an ATi 9800 that used to shut down my computer all the time due to it overheating. I figured it was heat related so I bought an Arctic Silencer and after removing the stock HSF on the card, I noticed there was no thermal paste, only dust between the HSF and the GPU.
May 15, 2007 9:26:00 AM

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My overclocked X1800XT gets to about 110C before the graphics driver reboots - that's when I know that the sticky tape on the fan has fallen off :) 

Woohoo! :D 
You and Sirheck are now in the first place!
Congratulation!
You two have won the "The Hottest of The Hottest GPU" Gold cup! :trophy: (for now!)
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...The suprising part is that my x850xt (running at 600/580) never goes over 30c...

Last place! :wink:
May 15, 2007 9:53:44 AM

sirheck

I also have a 6800gt :) 
It use to run fine, now even after ive clean the dust from my pc it idels @ 74-80 and if i play deus ex it goes to 120 then i get a warning from the core slowdown threshold that its going to stop stuff running. Ive also got a extra fan facing the gpu and my pc case is off, without the fan and case on, it would be even hotter. :cry: 
After 3-4 years its still good .
May 15, 2007 9:59:20 AM

I've got an xfx 6800gt which can get up to 108c if I don't hoover the fan every 6 months or so :-)
May 15, 2007 10:31:10 AM

Torture tested my 7800GTX last year and reach up over 80c and still working flawlessly while gaming. At around 90c I started getting artifacts and discoloration in the picture. This is with the stock cooling I cranked up all settings to the max with SLIAA at 1280x1024 rez on Condemed game.
May 15, 2007 11:05:18 AM

Like a few others here I also "had" a EVGA 6800GT AGP.

When I first got it I only noticed temps at about 50-90c, after 2 months they started hitting 120c.
For the last 3 months of its life it never ran below 85c(idle) and was always hitting 120+ in any game before it slowed itself down from the 120c threshhold.
Eventually just died and stopped displaying anything, so I tried cleaning it and came up with about a Kg of dust completely blocking the main heatsink...still doesn't work now, so i've downgraded to a fx5500.

Unfortunately I don't have a temperature sensor on the fx5500 or I would have killed my 6800gt temps. The fan on my fx5500 is partially broken, and usually won't start spinning itself. Sometimes it works and cools the heatsink like a normal fan, other times it just doesn't spin so the heatsink has to cool itself... What I have to do to get it to spin is once the pc is on I have to take off the side cover and stick my fingers inside and try fiddle with the fan till it starts spinning(which is some sketchy shit).

Once just for fun I tried Titan Quest on 1280x1024 max everything on the fx5500. poor thing was lucky if it got 2fps, after playing I realized that the fan wasn't spinning....I wonder how high its threshhold is...
May 15, 2007 11:24:09 AM

105C on my X850 before I replaced the stock cooler...
a b U Graphics card
May 15, 2007 12:10:36 PM

I think my Voodoo 3 2000 got to 1000C when it went through the local incinerator!!! Does that count? The bench went with it, so I can't give you the killer results!! Hehehehehe
May 15, 2007 12:25:23 PM

overclocked 6800gt with a hugeass passive sink. it was getting me to 125oC~ during the start of a game and toward the end would hit about 140 then it would creep to 145 then turn off, thanks to this mod bios the card lasted a whole 3 months!
May 15, 2007 12:25:35 PM

Well i couldnt stand my thinger on the passive cooler of my voodoo banshee when it was at full load.
a b U Graphics card
May 15, 2007 12:31:45 PM

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Well i couldnt stand my thinger on the passive cooler of my voodoo banshee when it was at full load.


Yeah all 8mb of RAM too!! That was the first one I had in an IBM w/266mHz AMD K6 with 48mb of RAM!!!
May 15, 2007 1:03:01 PM

XFX 7950GT, which I returned when it hit 118 C. It would have gone higher but I was afraid it would burn down the house.

That was without O/C on the passively cooled card.
May 15, 2007 2:53:56 PM

My Radeon X1950XT was hitting 95C with a moderate OC while playing Oblivion. Since I put my Thermalright HR-03 on I've never seen temperatures above 68C. :D 
May 15, 2007 7:14:06 PM

Looks like we have a few Voodoo's here. Those were really hot. Just a passive sink no fan.

You had to watch where you touched in your computer. You could burn yourself pretty bad on a voodoo card.
May 15, 2007 9:19:54 PM

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XFX 7950GT, which I returned when it hit 118 C. It would have gone higher but I was afraid it would burn down the house.

That was without O/C on the passively cooled card.


Is that normal for the card? I read in some reviews that it heated up but noone mentioned temps. Was the card defective?
May 16, 2007 3:43:25 AM

wow my x800xt pe used to freeze/lock/reboot at ~70c+


glad you guys didnt caught your house on fire like that other poor guy :D [/list]
May 17, 2007 2:19:26 AM

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XFX 7950GT, which I returned when it hit 118 C. It would have gone higher but I was afraid it would burn down the house.

That was without O/C on the passively cooled card.


Is that normal for the card? I read in some reviews that it heated up but noone mentioned temps. Was the card defective?

It certainly didn't run too well when it got hot. Newegg took it back and gave me a full refund including shipping. The driver had a feature to underclock or shut down at 130 C. (266 F.), but I really didn't want to test that ...
May 17, 2007 5:49:00 AM

My mobility radeon x1400...I OC'd it using SpeedStrip to the max it would go for a couple days...about +250 core and +300 memory above stock I think it was...when I keep it stock, it runs maybe 40 degrees C...when it was OC'd up there, just keeping it idle in windows, no apps open or anything, it was creeping up above 60 degrees C...and pulling the CPU and DIMM temps up with it...part of that is because the fans don't always kick in when they should, though...I had to force them on using a fan utility in the end :?

Overall, I didn't try benchmarking them OC'd like this...probably would have tried to shoot up above 90 C...I think I'll keep them a little closer to stock speeds in the future :roll:
May 21, 2007 10:51:37 PM

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My Radeon X1950XT was hitting 95C with a moderate OC while playing Oblivion. Since I put my Thermalright HR-03 on I've never seen temperatures above 68C. :D 


Yeah, been thinking about getting one of those, but can't persuade myself it's worth it as it's going to cost me £40ish (80 of your green ones) once I factor in fan and shipping.
May 22, 2007 9:26:56 AM

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My Radeon X1950XT was hitting 95C with a moderate OC while playing Oblivion. Since I put my Thermalright HR-03 on I've never seen temperatures above 68C. :D 


So, I guess mine doing 75 in GTR2 is fine... and I thought it was on the hot side. The Core 2 Duo on the other hand is doing only 45.
May 22, 2007 10:28:59 AM

overclocked my gefore 6100 onboard from 425mhz to around 730mhz i think. And 20% vcore in bios. saw the motherbord around the onboard graphic peel upwards a bit..... 213.c with temp gun

hehehhehe good old (power strip) great to cook stuff
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