Can anyone suggest a good program to monitor my graphic card temperature with? Apart from nTune (which i read some very bad things about, like corrupting bios or killing hardware), i couldn't find a program that could do so.
Also, for stability testing, is it safe to simply run the graphic tests on 3dMark?
Rivatuner for watching your gpu temp: http://www.guru3d.com/index.php?page=rivatuner
To monitor your temp, on the main page of rivatuner, next to your card model click the small arrow next to "customize" and click on the last button (the magnifying glass)
ATItool won't work on my Diamond HD3870; installs but hangs on loading and/or displays garbage characters in the little info bubble when you mouse over the system tray icon, like "J.#". Have tried loading it twice. No other video drivers on my system.
Thx, living here in the colonies I have to resort to You-tube and torrents for my Top Gear. I always refer my two wheel loving friends to the Atom vs. bike race. And Clarkson, only he and my dog can make jowls flapping in the wind look like fun.
I've used and use both and have never damaged a card. How do they cause damage, over overclocking? You really should explain that more.
I'm no expert on this, so that's why I use caution when I use either. Mainly it is overclocking and stress testing that can fry them. Also the fan settings can stop the fans spinning which will also fry them. Apparently soft modding in Riva to unlock pipes can also damage the cards. This is a warning that comes up when you select the "Power User" tab in Riva, and I don't think they are joking.
It all depends on how you do it i guess, overclocking too much can damage your hardware no matter what you use. I never had any damage with NTune, but reading all the bad things about it made me uninstall it. I never messed with the power user tab, as I'm not that experienced, but its good for basic clock increase.