I'm pretty sure my 8800gt is rooted after 1 years use. Over a very hot summer in New Zealand my card has had a trashing not intentionally though. Now my card idles at no less that 67c and has peaked at 108c from what I've measured. Within 2 minutes of testing with ATItool it had hit 105c.
The card is an XFX 8800gt XXX ALpha Dog, which is mainly jargon but it means it has a Zalman cooler as factory and is overclocked to 670/1675/1950 from factory.
Anyway I just wanted to know others' opinions on whether or not my card is screwed.
E8400 @ 3.0ghz
Asus P5N-e SLI mobo
XFX 8800gt - 182.06 drivers
Hitachi 500gb/Seagate 1TB drives
2x2gb G.Skill 800mhz
Vista Home Premium 32bit
all methods show the same temp. ntune, rivatuner, speedfan, atitools. im using atitools because of its ability to stress test. backing down to stock frequencies doesnt noticebley lower the temps. but thanks for the suggestion. maybe i could try replacing thermal paste?
I'd re-paste the stock cooler. XFX has a double liftime warranty. So really if it dies, they will replace it.
I've repasted an old ATI x1900xtx card back when. It was getting hotter and hotter. The stock paste has heated up and squeezed out the sides and barely had any on the GPU. Try that and see what happens. Just don't use cheap paste.
okay thanks for the advice everyone. i re-pasted the zalman stock cooler with arctic silver 5, the old stuff was this white gunk and there was none on the actual chip only around the edges! i also cleaned all the dust out of the fins on the cooler. after using this my max load temps have dropped from 108c to 68c so im pretty happy with that as you can imagine.
thanks again for the help