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March 10, 2012 6:52:25 PM

Hey Guys,

Very quick question. Should afterburner be showing that my GPU usage on my Sapphire reference 7970 is up to 85% just because I am basically surfing the net, and not playing games etc?!

Am I just being paranoid?! It does come back down to zero when completely idle and the temp is only 65 degrees,

I have it OC'd to core voltage 1131, Core Clock 1050, and the memory clock 1500. I have the latest AMD Driver installed 12.2. All my games are fine no errors of any kind, and no problems in 3D Mark 11 either with very respectable scores.

I am just wondering if this is normal or not, and if not, what could be the cause?!


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March 10, 2012 8:40:25 PM

85% seems high. I bet it is just getting a bad reading. If games play well, you are probably fine. Is the idle temps 65C?! That is really high if it is C and not F.
March 10, 2012 9:12:42 PM

Hey HostileDonut,

Thanks for the response, it just seems to jump up whenever I use the internet, for example it is now saying GPU use is at 87% and the temp is 57 degrees C? I have used practically all of the 7970 beta drivers, and am using Afterburner 2.2.0 Beta 12. I have used older versions of this also and had lots of different readings.

Can background programs be a problem? I recently installed Avast Pro and the icon in the system tray seems to spin every single time I do something?! I am just clutching at straws here, being really rather a noob, but I don't want there to be anything wrong with my new GPU!!

Any advice, greatly appreciated, and is Afterburner known for giving false readings?

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March 10, 2012 9:19:12 PM

No problem. What is the temperature when it says it is idling?
March 10, 2012 10:12:14 PM

At idle, if for example I leave it alone for a minute or 2, the temp drops to around 55 degrees. Is that OK?
March 10, 2012 10:16:34 PM

Actually it drops to and stays at 47 degrees after roughly 3-4 minutes.
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March 10, 2012 10:21:57 PM

Well browsers now have gpu acceleleration...
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March 10, 2012 10:24:07 PM

amuffin said:
Well browsers now have gpu acceleleration...

But would it bring it down 18C? That seems like a lot.
March 11, 2012 1:08:51 PM

That doesnt seem right, what does the ati catalyst control center read?? that would be a more reliable source.... and for a 22nm graphics card i would expect temps of 30-40 degrees on idle.