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June 3, 2010 3:37:46 PM

hi there i am using an ati radeon x1650 sapphire and it idles at about 88c when i play low quality games like poker it heats up to 112c then cuts off i have cleaned the pc the fan is working on the graphics board and both other fans are also working ie the on on top of the processor and a big case fan i use cpuid monitor pro to check temps everything else seems to be working at normal temps have you any ideas what the problem might be,and even though the fan is working on the graphics card it doesnt seem to be going that quick but im not sure how quick its meant to go in the first place, have you any idea what the problem might be
a c 124 U Graphics card
June 3, 2010 3:39:50 PM

You say you cleaned the PC, but did you open the GPU's heat sink cover and really clean out between the fins? The dust can really get in there, unreachable without removing the cover. Might work to just blow a compressed air duster too but I'd say try opening it up first if you haven't done that.
Do you know what your temps were when first installed?
June 3, 2010 5:33:01 PM

Thank you very much for your answer no i did not take off the cover at first glance it looked sealed but i will do as you suggested,somebody else suggested that it could be the power supply my pc has two disc burners two hard drives but im not sure what the wattage of my power supply is i bought the pc second hand like this ,im no computer whizz kid but i will try anything you suggest to the best of my knowledge,and no im sorry i dont know what temp it originally was at because ive just recently installed cpuid monitor pro thank you in advance for your reply.
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a c 173 U Graphics card
June 3, 2010 5:37:24 PM

Just take it out and blast it with canned air or the old lungs and that should take a few c off it at least to ware it isn't hot enough to boil water.
a b U Graphics card
June 3, 2010 5:47:56 PM

Your card is pretty old. I had the same one and it started running hot after a few years. May be time for a new card. You could add another exhaust fan to the computer as well.
June 3, 2010 6:28:29 PM

multiscreenz said:
Your card is pretty old. I had the same one and it started running hot after a few years. May be time for a new card. You could add another exhaust fan to the computer as well.

Thank you for your reply i think you could be right maybe its just old now could you give me any suggestions as to what graphics card i should get not to expensive though im not a mad gamer but i would like the choice to play them if i ever wanted to thank you in advance for your reply.
June 3, 2010 6:31:13 PM

nforce4max said:
Just take it out and blast it with canned air or the old lungs and that should take a few c off it at least to ware it isn't hot enough to boil water.

lol i know its at 92c now and im just browsing i think its fu...d for sure thanks for your reply
a c 173 U Graphics card
June 3, 2010 6:32:04 PM

fozzy_12 said:
Thank you for your reply i think you could be right maybe its just old now could you give me any suggestions as to what graphics card i should get not to expensive though im not a mad gamer but i would like the choice to play them if i ever wanted to thank you in advance for your reply.



4650/70 if you are only looking for a cheap card while a used 3870 is cheaper still but uses more power but also performs better over all.
June 4, 2010 1:46:25 AM

wolfram23 said:
You say you cleaned the PC, but did you open the GPU's heat sink cover and really clean out between the fins? The dust can really get in there, unreachable without removing the cover. Might work to just blow a compressed air duster too but I'd say try opening it up first if you haven't done that.
Do you know what your temps were when first installed?

I would just like to say thank you for your advice in this problem,i done exactly what you said it was a first time at taking a pc apart in such depth to clean it but the benefits from this have been nothing short of brilliant,I got right inside the gpu heatsink and just as you said 75% of the heatsink was completely blocked so i cleaned it all like brand new,then i got on a mission and done the same with the processor fan and heatsink and the power supply and the casing so now the readings are as follows,Before the clean the Gpu was idling at 87c and when playing games it was reaching temps of 112c and shutting down,After cleaning it idles at 51c and played games at 55c, the processor was between 57c and 63c now its between 40c and 44c both cores, the hard drives both have gone from 59c to 40c and all fans are running between 100rpm and 300rpm slower so my pc is working 110% better all round now and with less effort its now a pleasure to work on,so now my advise to anyone with the same problem as i had is to thoroughly clean all the heatsinks and fans thank you again for you advice in this problem cheers :D 
a c 124 U Graphics card
June 4, 2010 3:58:25 AM

Great to hear! I'm glad it's working perfectly now :) 
January 18, 2011 10:53:51 AM

This card is known for overheating. Not in the GPU area, but on the other side of the card, where there is a small exposed AGP chip with sponge tape surrounding it and no heatsink or fan present. When taxing the card to it's potential, this chip will overheat and cause the computer to roll over and reboot. You can fashion a heatsink and fan assembly from an old northbridge chipset that will just fit across 2 of the bolts which hold the GPU heatsink and fan on. Using a rat tailed tungstun file, u can get the bolt holes to just fit. Use the same bolts which hold the GPU heatsink in place to fasten the AGP heatsink down. Remove the sponge tape before fastening the new heatsink, and use a tiny dab of heatsink paste on the end of a toothpick. double over some of the salvaged sponge tape and support the underside of the heatsink that sticks out so the heatsink stays flush with the chip. The chip will only be about 95% covered by the heatsink, but this works well enough to handle the heat.
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a b U Graphics card
January 21, 2011 9:52:27 PM

Thanks for your sound advice regarding my graphics card your very right it still does overheat and cause my pc to roll over and reboot i might try what you have suggested or might just by a cheap replacement any ideas thanks again for your advice in this matter

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