I recently discovered that my gfx card (GTX 7800 MSI 256 Mb) has a very high temperature while playing HL2Episode2.
I play several games so Ill check the different temps while I play the other games, but this temperature seems pretty high to me comparing to CPU temps.
Is this temperature normal for these cards, and do they get damaged?
While not playing games the temp stays at around 58 C. Is this temp Ok? So the difference is almost 50 C when playing that game I mentioned above.
Is there any way to see if the fan on the gfx card is running without the need to open the computer box?
I havn't OC the gfx card, and in the Nividia control panel 115 C is in the Red dangerous zone according to the diagram there. At 110 C the graph shows yellow.
Anyone else have the same/similar cards at similar temperatures while playing games?
That's a very high temp. Highest I ever got on my BFG 7800 GTX was 98 C but there were 40-42 C degrees outside. U should usually see temps in the 80's average on full load. AFAIK 115 C is the threshold temperature where the chip starts throttling down to avoid death.
You might want to check that you don't have dust built up like cotton batting on the HSF assembly. Usually when you get a huge temperature delta like that it means that air flow is being restricted. I haven't had temperatures like that before, but anytime I started to notice them creeping up, I found that I had a considerable dust build up impeding the air being drawn into the heatsink. Once cleaned, my temperature returned to normal.
I had closer look on the card, and opened up the lid that covers the heatsink-cooling-system, and guess what I found there: dust. I removed all the dust, placed the heatsink-lid back on, and started the machine. Temps now show:
When not playing games: 50 C
When playing a game: 70 C
This means the temperature dropped by 45 C on high load. I've monitored the temp for several hours now, and it's seems to be stable. I just wonder how long my gfx has been at those high temps...