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Graphics Card Overheating Issues

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August 26, 2010 7:38:39 AM

I'd been using an 8800GTS in my comp for about 4-5 years. It recently started showing a lot of artifacts and then stopped working altogether. I figured I had it about 5 years, they aren't made to last forever, so I didn't think much of it. I did notice before it went bad, it was getting excessively hot. I know my friend that helped me build the comp had it OCed, so I figured that contributed to it burning out.

Now I'm in the process of selecting new parts for a new build, and a friend let me borrow an old Nvidia 7600 GT just so I could use my comp until I build the new one. The moment I do anything using any kind of graphics, the card will quickly reach 100+ *C. Any one know why this might be?

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August 26, 2010 7:57:30 AM

wow 100+ that's fkn sik!

Did you uninstalled the drivers? If not you should reinstall the Nvidia Drivers. Then tell us.
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August 26, 2010 8:14:01 AM

drivers would cause it to overheat?
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August 26, 2010 8:16:19 AM

yes as you stated your friend ocEEED your previous card.

ok, w.a.m, what do you think overclocks your graphic card?
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August 26, 2010 8:28:38 AM

I would assume BIOS setting and things like that would determine OC. Like with Ram and CPU.

w.a.m? Is that supposed to mean, wait a minute? If so......really? lol
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August 26, 2010 8:53:11 AM

If you borrowed the card and installed it in a new system without having overclocked it on this system the drivers have zero impact. The only way the card could still be overclocked is if you overclocked it yourself on the new system or if your friend flashed the VGA BIOS with the new settings. The latter is unlikely because there's almost no reason to do it.
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August 26, 2010 8:56:43 AM

lol bios and anything else doesn't oc graphic card. only software (like rivaT, afterbu) running inside os do. :p 

So was he previously using the graphic card?
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August 26, 2010 9:00:28 AM

randomizer said:
If you borrowed the card and installed it in a new system without having overclocked it on this system the drivers have zero impact. The only way the card could still be overclocked is if you overclocked it yourself on the new system or if your friend flashed the VGA BIOS with the new settings. The latter is unlikely because there's almost no reason to do it.



Any ideas on what might be causing the excess heat? The only way to keep it usable is to open the case and have a small house fan blowing directly onto the graphics card.
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August 26, 2010 9:05:48 AM

^ at least i have manners.
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August 26, 2010 9:14:55 AM

Fetal said:
^ at least i have manners.



If that's what you wanna call the ostentatious sarcasm you've displayed. Then sure, you have manners.
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August 26, 2010 9:21:44 AM

ha, sarcasm and manners are two different things.

rant on.
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August 27, 2010 2:49:47 AM

So no one has any idea what could be causing the card to overheat?
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August 27, 2010 2:52:53 AM

The heatsink may not be making proper contact with the GPU. They mount the coolers on pretty quick and in a rather haphazard manner so it's possible. If you pull it off you'll probably find too little or too much thermal paste underneath, and applied poorly as well.
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August 27, 2010 3:09:06 AM

This was a problem on two cards though. It doesn't seem likely that would be the case for both.
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August 27, 2010 4:36:36 AM

Could it be a voltage issue?
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a b U Graphics card
August 27, 2010 4:40:30 AM

It could be. Artifacting is often caused by a poor PSU but as for being a cause of overheating it seems unlikely. Have you tried swapping out the PSU to see anyway?
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August 27, 2010 4:48:52 AM

Fetal said:
lol bios and anything else doesn't oc graphic card. only software (like rivaT, afterbu) running inside os do. :p 

So was he previously using the graphic card?


Acutally GPUs have their own bios, and yes you can flash those bios to change voltages and what not. Doing so however is dangerous, and usually shows no point or gain, except to unlock voltages.
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August 27, 2010 6:02:23 AM

I just can't figure out why this thing is going from 60ish idle, to 114 being used.
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August 28, 2010 4:44:43 AM

No one else with any ideas?
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September 14, 2010 4:20:22 PM

Ok, this is still being an issue. Does any one have any thoughts on what could be causing this? I know the 8800gts connected directly to the PSU, so I thought it could just be a PSU issued. However, the 7600 does not connect to the PSU, and I don't see any reason that would be causing such excessive heat.

Really need some help with this.
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a b U Graphics card
September 14, 2010 4:25:20 PM

Have you deleted and reinstalled the Nvidia drivers yet?
You never actually said you did throughout the topic.
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September 14, 2010 4:25:55 PM

I might also add that I'm not having any issue with CPU heat, just the graphics card. How is it that I would need a small desk fan blowing directly on the card to keep it around 80* while playing WoW?
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September 14, 2010 4:26:22 PM

Yes, I deleted and reinstalled the drivers.
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a b U Graphics card
September 14, 2010 4:29:19 PM

No idea, what model is the card? Manufacturer wise.
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September 14, 2010 4:33:10 PM

I'd have to ask my friend who the manufacturer is on it. Is it possible that it's just so old that even WoW is causing it to strain and overheat?
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a b U Graphics card
September 14, 2010 4:39:51 PM

Not exactly, as the minimum requirements to play games on medium with good framerates are still using Nvidia's 6900.
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September 14, 2010 4:50:30 PM

Could it be a PSU issue, even with the card not hooked up directly to the power supply, and no issue with any other part running hot? I'm about to get a 5770 MSI Hawk and I don't wanna have the same issue when I get it.
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a b U Graphics card
September 14, 2010 5:15:30 PM

What's the psu's power?
If you have a 400-500w then there shouldn't be a problem on that end. The 7600 uses the pci-e slot, and doesn't need a 6 pin connector.
Does the psu have a 6 pin connector?
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September 14, 2010 5:29:51 PM

Yes, the PSU has a 6 pin connector. I believe it's in the 650w range. I'd have to check when I get home to make sure, it's been some time since I bought it.
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September 14, 2010 6:17:12 PM

Guess no one has a theory for this?
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September 15, 2010 3:01:30 PM

So many brilliant computer people here, and no one can come up with a reason this may be happening, let alone a solution? :( 
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a b U Graphics card
September 15, 2010 3:57:14 PM

You bring the fan speed up? Might just be the card itself runs hot because it's old and not running at full efficiency.
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September 15, 2010 5:13:38 PM

7600 doesn't have a fan. I'm hoping when I get the 5770 MSI Hawk, the dual fans will keep it cool.
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September 15, 2010 5:18:20 PM

Atleast I don't recall seeing a fan on it. Might just have a really small one. Would I be able to adjust the fan with MSI Afterburner?
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September 15, 2010 8:18:51 PM

I'll try that once I get home. See if that fixes the problem. Seems odd that it wouldn't automatically be set at a fan speed to keep the card cool upon installing it.
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September 16, 2010 4:31:37 AM

Well, for the update. I got home, fan speed was already at 100. Any other suggestions?
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September 16, 2010 4:51:16 AM

With a small house fan blowing on the 7600, it's running at 84*C
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