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May 21, 2007 2:45:10 PM

Just a simple question. It's getting summer and my (zalmann cooled) ATI X850 is hitting 92C under load and between 50 and 60 idle. Environment ist a good 30C. My CPU X2 4200 gets just above 50C loaded and 44 idle at these ambient temps.

Safe or die?

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May 21, 2007 4:19:47 PM

That's way hot, I had an ax850xt with zalman(variable fan controller at ~60%) that idled at 30 and at load was about 45. Only during atitool clocking did it get close to 60 before i shut it down. Did you check for dust in the cooler, mine had a habit of stockpiling very fast. Otherwise check for case airflow as all the heat is recirculated inside the case.
May 21, 2007 4:31:16 PM

last summer, with the stock cooler, it hit 105C+; then I panicked and got the zalman. it topped at 90. Just a few mins ago I played stalker and got 96C... Might be I have to change the zalmans heat transfer pad? It's just a little dusty at the mo...
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May 21, 2007 4:45:13 PM

You have a heat pad :?: mine had to be installed with thermal paste wich was in the package.Are you sure you mounted it correctly :?: Maybe remount using good quality thermal compound can help things. Also how fast is your fan spinnig, i mean do you feel any airflow at all. This thing is really cooking 8O
May 21, 2007 4:55:55 PM

thats way too hot for an x850, what zalman cooler are you using? my old OC'd x850pro( with 16 pipes unlocked, so essentially an XT ) would max at 58degrees celcius. I would reattach the HSF again( i had to do it before with my card and gained 15C extra cooling as it wasnt connected right ), also have you got a zalman with a 5v and 7.5v plug for the fan? if so put it on the 7.5v
May 21, 2007 4:59:13 PM

What kind of case do you have? What's the air flow like in your case? How many fans do you have?
May 21, 2007 5:00:21 PM

I'm having the same problem with my X800XL (stock cooling). Same idle and load temps as you. :? I didn't start having this problem until a few months ago. Case circulation's fine, and is pretty clear of dust. I'm still uder warranty though. I see an RMA in my future.
May 21, 2007 5:11:49 PM

You mean 5 vs. 12 Volts right?
May 21, 2007 5:17:04 PM

Just as a recommendation:
Go buy a big stand fan for your room!
Then switch it on at full speed and let it look at your case all the time!(make sure the distance between your case & the fan is at least 1 meter for your safety :!: )
I did the same thing & believe me it's much better now! 8)
May 21, 2007 5:18:15 PM

STALKER made my water temps go up to 38C before I turned all the fans on, it dropped back to 32C (ambient is 28C). Basically, some games make video cards go hotter than other.
May 21, 2007 5:22:32 PM

The more i think about it the more i'm sure there wasn't a heat pad with my zalman cooler. Are you sure it's a heat pad? And i've also played stalker on my 850 but if it would've gotten to those temps i would have never finished the game :p  I'd be scared sh*tless 8O
May 21, 2007 5:23:17 PM

One other thing; I've seen quite some test on that device and they all get into this temperature range. Might it just be that this card just gets awfully hot, no matter what?
May 21, 2007 5:24:44 PM

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You mean 5 vs. 12 Volts right?

yep,sorry, couldnt remember,been a while
May 21, 2007 5:29:06 PM

I used to have an X850Pro with an Arctic Cooling cooler on it and it never broke 40C on idle.
May 21, 2007 5:30:14 PM

The only reason i went from stock to zalman was that on system startup the fan sounded like it wanted to take off and at certain temps and RPM range it would make this annoying highpitched sound. But i never had high temps even with stock cooling. Never heard of it running so hot though. Can you remember where you read that? I like reading :wink:
May 21, 2007 5:37:14 PM

Thats a little over what I got on stock cooling. Thats not damaging for the card heck ati at default runs the fan at 2% till it hits 90C, I think Tjunction is somewhere in the 120's if I remember correctly. But it is way to hot for what it should be getting with that cooler.
May 21, 2007 5:39:21 PM

Are you talking about the 850 model or the 1950 you have in your sig, because they are two very different cards :wink:
May 21, 2007 5:45:01 PM

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Are you talking about the 850 model or the 1950 you have in your sig, because they are two very different cards :wink:


It's about my card :wink:

I've got the 850
May 21, 2007 6:00:42 PM

I had a X850PE for 6 months before I got a great deal on this X1950XT (Cost me 0$) I have had this card for about 2 months. If you think that the X850's get hot Whoa boy this thing steps up the heat to a whole new level.
May 21, 2007 6:00:53 PM

Do you have the platinum or the regular 850, because i had the ax850xt (520core,540mem clocks) whereas the platinum cards as stated in that review run at 540 core, 590 mem(1180 eff) which when i was clocking my card with atitool pushed the temps up also and generally destabilized the card during games. Not a big succes :? If you have the PE maybe you will have to live with those temps :cry:  or increase airflow around the cooler
May 21, 2007 10:20:55 PM

i ran my x850 pro with 16 pipes @ 513 core 600mem, the core wouldnt OC iny more and remain stable hence probably why it was an x850 pro. If its temps went over 82C the card would crash

My 7800GTX on my old system always ran at 78degrees on this mobo its 86 degrees but on an asus board it was 92C which for me was too hot, i nearly burnt myself on the damn thing
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