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March 17, 2009 2:49:17 PM

SpeedFan shows my 8800GTS is burning up at 88-90C - I'm just browsing the net right now nothing special. Does anyone know how to possibly adjust the temperature (besides buying water cooling). I don't think 88-90C is normal lol

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a b U Graphics card
March 17, 2009 3:24:32 PM

First, Check to make sure the fan is working, if it is, it might be time to pull it, and blow it out thoroughly with an Air compressor. Replacing the TIM on the gpu could also be needed.

If its not, hope that the manufacturer has a decent warranty, so you can either send it in for repair or replace the stock heatsink/fan.
a b U Graphics card
March 17, 2009 3:26:37 PM

I should qualify the last comment on replacing the heatsink and fan, some manufacturers allow you to install 3rd party cooling solutions without voiding the warranty, so long as you keep the stock one, and reinstall it prior to returning the card for repair/replacement.
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March 17, 2009 3:30:58 PM

wow that is high, my 9800gt xfx (known to run hot) idles at around 53c.. games at around 70ish.
March 17, 2009 3:32:16 PM

What is the TIM?

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600|8800GTS 640MB|8gig Ram| 500GB Seagate HDD| 22inch Hanns.G|64bit Vista Ultimate| is my specs nothing special I think I need a new graphics card tho =P
a c 86 U Graphics card
March 17, 2009 3:57:11 PM

dust?
a b U Graphics card
March 17, 2009 5:29:28 PM

Thermal Interface Material, you could also call it Thermal Paste. its in between the Heatsink and GPU and memory(although the memory usually has thermal pads)

Like this


Edit: LOL turns out the pic is an 8800GTS 640!


You mention a new card.....Well there were some price drops recently, 4870's were supposed to go down to 149.99 and the GTX 260's can be had for 199.99, Seems as good a time as any to upgrade.
a c 186 U Graphics card
March 17, 2009 5:46:59 PM

Sounds like a case of the dust monsters.
Take the card out and check the fan, if it looks clogged with dust or fibre the heatsink fins will probably be choked as well. I think you only need to take 4 or 5 screws out of the top cover to expose the heastink itself but be warned, they are very small screws so use a good screwdriver or you risk damaging them.
March 17, 2009 5:49:50 PM

I just had a similar situation for a 8800GT. The problem was that the driver was not kicking the fan speed up while under heavy use, ie. gaming. The quick fix is to use nvidia control panel and manually set the fan speed to a higher level. The default was 30%. When the fan speed was changed to 70% the GPU cooled down quickly. Let us know how you make out.
March 17, 2009 6:43:49 PM

Where can I download nvidia control panel?
March 17, 2009 6:49:50 PM

Do not worry you temps are a bit high but there is not danger of damage your card.
March 17, 2009 7:01:47 PM

michaelmk86 said:
Do not worry you temps are a bit high but there is not danger of damage your card.



lol a bit? u do know he said idle?
how hot does it run under load? it might be better not too even try...
March 17, 2009 7:04:28 PM

i heard a few months back that speedfan temps are sometimes wrong...
might not be true but check with HWMonitor and post ur new temps...

they.re right if its really that hot it might be full of dust, my 4850 was 48 on idle and
i cleaned it and got it down to 41, and it didnt have too much dust...
March 17, 2009 7:18:14 PM

Are you overclocking too much?
March 17, 2009 7:43:03 PM

probably not... OC'ing cant make a card 35 degrees hotter...
March 17, 2009 8:31:07 PM

Nica Guy said:
lol a bit? u do know he said idle?
how hot does it run under load? it might be better not too even try...


I thought that this temp was under load.
March 17, 2009 10:31:55 PM

Nope, I'm not OC'ing at all - HWMonitor shows 90C also.
March 17, 2009 10:51:04 PM

Have you tried cleaning any dust out yet?
If that doesnt work, you are probably safer to go with a new cooler (or graphics card if you want to upgrade).
March 17, 2009 11:59:13 PM

ragingazn628 said:
What is the TIM?

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600|8800GTS 640MB|8gig Ram| 500GB Seagate HDD| 22inch Hanns.G|64bit Vista Ultimate| is my specs nothing special I think I need a new graphics card tho =P


SpeedFan is often unaccurate, your board may have the temp in BIOS.
a b U Graphics card
March 19, 2009 5:43:03 AM

I tested Speedfan, and it was bang on with EVGA Precision, and Everest, and Riva......
Now as far as CPU temps, and voltages, it definitely has issues.

Again, like Myself and other people have stated, blow out the dust, preferably with an Air compressor since it has more oomph than a can of air. Also I recommend removing the card from the case to do it.

Did you happen to check if the fan was even working?
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