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8800GT overheating

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January 13, 2008 3:06:31 AM


my new EVGA 8800GT 512MB seems to not be able to handle Call of Duty 4 too much longer... When I got it, I used to play for 15 minutes before all went jammed and after BSOD and reboot. So I looked for the problem and after a few test, I realized it was overheating. So, I upgraded the drivers, fine tuned the fan speed with rivatuner 2.06, so when the card go over 60°C, the fan goes full speed, 100%. But now, I just can play longer, about 1:30 hour or 2 before I get the same problem.

I do have the new version of the fan and I suppose I have a good ventilated case. I have a Soprano DX from Thermaltake, a Zalman 9700 CPU cooler, directed toward the back of the case, so the hot air should be well evacuated to the outside of the case...

Did someone had a similar problem? I'm looking for an aftermarket cooler, probably either the Thermalright HR-03GT with a 120mm fan or the Artic-Cooling Accelero S1 with the turbo kit. But I would like to wait until the 9800 come out next month, so I can use my step-up program because I don't think I can change the cooler and after be able to use the step-up...


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January 13, 2008 3:12:53 AM

Maybe better case cooling? What are your temps?
Looking at your configuration that's alot of heat being generated, especially with a X2 6000 + 8800GT + 3 hard drives. Just something you might want to look at.
January 13, 2008 3:35:18 AM

I don't have the top temp for the VGA, but when the computer reboot, it is around 78°C. My CPU is at about 50°C and system about 45°C. Isn't it that hot?
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January 13, 2008 3:41:01 AM

I can also see in other thread that some are hitting over 85°C and they don't talk about crashing. I don't really think it is going over 80°C or 85°C, since rebooting takes about 2 minutes and the VGA fan doesn't go full throttle until rivatuner launches, so the temp I get on restart should be almost the one I got when it crashed. So could I got a more fragile card, or even worst, it is broken and it fails only at high temp?
January 13, 2008 3:41:53 AM

I'd say the stuff they put on the heatsink is like cement take off the heatsinkfan and put some good stuff on.
January 13, 2008 5:08:50 AM

Don't wait until it reaches 60 to run the fan at 100%. Add a profile with fan at 100% and add that to the launcher in rivatuner. Simply right click on the tray icon and select your profile.

You might want to clean up the cabling in your case. That can impede airflow.

January 13, 2008 5:09:48 AM

dragonsprayer said:

if you gaming the card until it dies your going to kill it!

get a slot fan cooler below:

best is blitz storm - it removes the heat and blows cool at the card

I agree. I use an aftermarket cooler but if you don't go that way this will help:
slot fan (I reversed it to exhaust instead of blowing on it, the card is blowing hot air out into your case)
exhaust case fan in the back of your case
when I still had the stock cooler I used low level fan control, 40% surfing, 60% 3D
temp never went higher than 78c load, 53c idle
January 13, 2008 6:59:22 AM

Yes, there are several solutions you may try :
first, add a slot fan and make fan profile with rivatuner (lowest cost)
second, replace it with aftermarket cooler (medium cost)
finally, consider replace your casing with better ventilated one such as antec900, cm 830 or 690 perhaps? It will help decreasing your cpu, gpu, nb, hdd temp also. Hope this help.
January 13, 2008 7:39:42 PM

I went out and added a new 92mm fan on the side of the panel and increased the speed of the exhaust fan, but now I'm getting another problem. When I play COD4, the arm of the player is full of colored square. Does the card burned up?


if you gaming the card until it dies your going to kill it!

I know that!! That's why I don't want to overheat!! It happened only 2 times and the second time I didn't knew it would do that...

January 13, 2008 7:48:40 PM

Here's a pic of what it looks like:

January 13, 2008 7:49:07 PM

just look at the arm holding the gun.