Why, how, can the graphics card idle at 88 degrees celsius?

Greetings.

I have an Nvidia 8800 GTS @ 80% Fan speed with an Antec 900 case (good airflow).

Why does the card idle at 88 dc? That's nearly 200 degrees fahrenheit.

Can't they put in like 1 line of code that reduces the power usage to 1-10% when not drawing anything but a 2d picture that isn't changing at all? Does this thing not use any more energy in sick games vs the background of XP?


Fail.......
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  1. uh, your card is running a bit warm. is it a 320/640 or a 512?

    for a 512, that is ridiculous. For a 320/640, its not THAT bad, but still kinda warm.

    Try re-seating the Heatsink with decent Thermal paste. That will significantly reduce your temps.

    Also, your card won't be injured until its well past 100 C. So don't worry.
  2. Apparently it has already reduced the temperature to 76 dc and I haven't touched it.


    Apparently it's hotter when it first starts up. (...)


    Really I just want to know why the thing doesn't use 90% less power/90% less heat when it's just sitting there not even drawing a cursor moving.
  3. it's not bad for the card if your running a G80 320/640 those always ran host but most idel at 60c and load at 68c for most ppl i would consider redoing the heatsink, or a spot cooling fan to move the air under it or getting an aftermarket cooler. if it makes you really worry
  4. I knew before opening this thread that you had an 88xx series card. ;)

    Like I said before however, the 8800's can cope with extreme temperatures. They don't actually kick in the auto-slowdown feature until they hit 130C.
  5. They probably make it inefficient on purpose.
  6. What's the ambient temperature of your room?
  7. jennyh said:
    I knew before opening this thread that you had an 88xx series card. ;)

    Like I said before however, the 8800's can cope with extreme temperatures. They don't actually kick in the auto-slowdown feature until they hit 130C.

    I remember when I had the 8800 GTS awhile back and checked the temp while running Crysis. It shocked me at first when I saw it was at the 90C mark :D

    In any case it would be worthwhile to re-apply the thermal paste on your card. 88C is still rather warm for an 8800GTS at 80% fan speed.
  8. dougyfresh said:
    They probably make it inefficient on purpose.


    ineffective troll is ineffective.

    Don't make assumptions about a company's intentions based upon ONE product that you bought years ago.

    wait, you never said whether it was a 512 or 320/640...
  9. Idling at 88c is highly unlikely. Either the fan isnt even running, or the heatsink has came completely detached.
  10. 60% on my 8800GS/8800gt/9088Gt was inaudible.
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