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August 4, 2008 2:15:33 PM

guys, im running a 4870 and on the advice of another
user downloaded a program called GPU-Z. It is showing my GPU
as being about 60 degrees idle and when i play games it bumps up to
80 degrees!!! this cant be healthy. can anyone tell me if this program or reading
is reliable and if so what should i do???
a b B Homebuilt system
August 4, 2008 2:28:38 PM

Increase the fan speed with Rivatuner.
The temperatures are within norm, but can be improved.
August 4, 2008 2:37:18 PM

Average temps for most graphics cards (a bit below average actually :D ), but well below normal for a 4870. No cause to worry until you can hit 95 or so; GFX cards can take the heat.
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August 4, 2008 2:41:49 PM

thats a relief, it just sounded really high, i didnt expect they would run so hot. i have a very well ventilated case etc, so i just didnt expect it to run so hot. thanks for the confirmation guys. i recently ran 3dmark 06, and got about 14000 marks, running a q9450 stock and 4 gig of ddr 1066, are these reasonable scores also?
August 4, 2008 3:10:04 PM

Yeah, I have mine topping 85C at full load, quite normal. It will start to reduce speed if it hits 100C or so to save itself from damage. I remember when I had Geforce 6800 or 7900 one of them had 120C stated somewhere in control center before throttling down speed.
August 4, 2008 3:40:47 PM

Drop and aftermarket GPU cooler on it.
Arctic Cooling Accelero S1 rev2 (there is also a fan kit - Turbo) is a great one.
Works very well in ventilated cases without fans on it.
Dropped the temps on my 8800GT 15 -20 degrees ( 65 to 45 under load and 55 to 40 in idle). All this in complete silence.
This kit can be mounted on the 4870 i think, giving the fact that ATI didn't changed the mounting holes on the board ( at least that 's what I read around)
August 4, 2008 10:57:19 PM

what about the speed, is this around what i should be achieving, i will be overclocking my cpu soon so im sure that will raise the scores a bit?
August 5, 2008 12:40:52 PM

I don't know what to tell you about the scores, google it see if people with similar systems are ahving the same score. For a CPU at 4GHz and a 4870 doesn't seems like much. My system (Q6600 stock, 2G RAM and 512 8800GT gets about 12k....) I would expect an oveclocked Q9450 with a 4870 to be close to 16k, worst case scenario in the low 15k, but this is just a wild guess, don't bet on it.
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