Ive got the EVGA 8800GTS 320MB. It idles at 70c with the fan on 60%. I can turn the fan higher because it becomes too loud. Im gonna mess around with fan placement and see if it helps, then decide whether or not to return it for something different. Are there any good aftermarket coolers I could get for it? My plan was to overclock it, because Im not happy with the stock performance, but the extra frames from overclocking would make it ok.
Shoddy heat sink probably.. If you can, return it for some other brand.
XFX, Point of View and maybe Asus would ahve better sinks, or at least the Nvidia stock sink. Msi, Point of view and many others just slash some of their own cheap-o sink on with uneven bottoms and bad fans.
You don't want to replace the heatsink yourself unless you're V E R Y comfortable replacing heatsinks on exposed glass cores.
You'll slash your wrists and pull your hair if you happen to crack that bastard.
got it down to 58c idle with the fan at 60% by moving one of the fans in my p180b. I had a fan in the front middle with the hard drive cage removed, and I put the cage back in with the fan on the back of it so its blowing directly on the GPU. Do I have room to overclock with my temps like this? What kind of temps should I avoid when overclocking the card?