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Nvidia 250 gts overheating problem

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August 28, 2010 6:22:56 PM

Hi tom and all i have recently purchased the above card and have had many shut downs as a result. I have four fans plus cpu,card so guess six so with this amount why the problem? I have found with 3d active i can play for approx an hour and without no problems yet but with new games arriving shortly it concerns me. Any help appreciated:) 
August 29, 2010 2:44:10 PM

hi just ran that program and played a 3d game for 20min then pc shut down. I restarted the pc and program and saw gpu 56c. heres my spec gigabyte m52L-s3p,amd athlon * 3 425 processors,2700mhz,3core(s) 6144mb ram,650w psu,nvidia geforce gts 250,17" philips monitor
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August 29, 2010 2:47:45 PM

56c is not an overheating problem for a GTS250, 105c would be though.
August 29, 2010 3:52:30 PM

Just played again and pc shut down again. ran tool again the only thing that stood out was the VDDC 1.2000 is that a little high. I just want my pc running the way it was before i got this card. Why since having this card am i experiencing this problem. The drivers are upto date is it a 3D thing?
August 29, 2010 4:04:20 PM

Just read on nvidia box that the card has 1gb ddr3 ram. On pc ddr2 ram could this cause my shutting down fault?
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August 29, 2010 4:15:42 PM

well, still on warranty? You can RMA it to get a replacement...

RAM memory and GPU memory are 2 completely different thing, don't worry about that.
August 29, 2010 4:57:41 PM

I think i will return to store and get a replacement maybe ati? ddr2? anyhows THANKS!
August 29, 2010 6:17:14 PM

wa1 said:
well, still on warranty? You can RMA it to get a replacement...

RAM memory and GPU memory are 2 completely different thing, don't worry about that.

Bingo just ran game for 17min but kept program pinned to taskbar. While playing smelt something odd shut down the game and look at program. Heres what i found gpu core 738 gpu mem 1101.6 gpu shader 1782 gpu 87 fan 75 mem435 gpu load 99% off to order a ati card :)  any recomendations? card is deffinatly getting a bit to warm THANKS FOR HELP! GBS!
August 29, 2010 8:00:27 PM

Right latest info just removed nvidia drivers then restart as asks. When restarted windows begin to install vga driver after installation asked to reboot. After this i searched but found no 3D option. I then removed windows and reinstalled nvidia drivers. After this i have came to the conclusion 3D is the problem! oh also i set my bios to 95c and forgot so that be the reason for shutting down. But still 95c upwards spells trouble for a graphic card i think!
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August 29, 2010 8:06:55 PM

goldenballs said:
Right latest info just removed nvidia drivers then restart as asks. When restarted windows begin to install vga driver after installation asked to reboot. After this i searched but found no 3D option. I then removed windows and reinstalled nvidia drivers. After this i have came to the conclusion 3D is the problem! oh also i set my bios to 95c and forgot so that be the reason for shutting down. But still 95c upwards spells trouble for a graphic card i think!

That BIOS setting is most likely for the CPU, so if that is why the machine is shutting down then changing or blaming your graphic card won't help.
August 29, 2010 8:39:50 PM

what temp you suggest for bios setting? but still graphic card should not reach that anyhows should it
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August 29, 2010 8:45:42 PM

goldenballs said:
what temp you suggest for bios setting? but still graphic card should not reach that anyhows should it

The thermal limit for a GTS250 is 105c and whilst you want to keep as far below that as possible a card with a standard heatsink on can easily run in the 90's whilst an aftermarket heatsink on the same card might drop the temps down to the 60's. I always set my CPU thermal cut at 5c below whatever the specifications for the CPU are set at.
August 29, 2010 9:17:41 PM

right thanks mousemonkey so ill up mine to 105c and hope all be ok. Ill be in touch soon:)  but after reading what you typed 100c maybe the best setting for me?
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August 29, 2010 9:25:05 PM

goldenballs said:
right thanks mousemonkey so ill up mine to 105c and hope all be ok. Ill be in touch soon:)  but after reading what you typed 100c maybe the best setting for me?

What CPU is it?
August 29, 2010 9:34:24 PM

cpu athlon * X3 425 processors
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August 29, 2010 9:41:17 PM

goldenballs said:
cpu athlon * X3 425 processors

For that CPU I would set the limit at 90c.
August 29, 2010 9:44:52 PM

'Are you sure its not your power supply? that thing requires a lot
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August 29, 2010 9:47:44 PM

hyeedo said:
'Are you sure its not your power supply? that thing requires a lot

The OP has a 650w PSU, how much do you think the GTS250 needs?
August 29, 2010 9:50:27 PM

okies i had at 95 and made it 105 back to 90 xp days that:(  i think 3D is it they rushing and not seeing whats the result it seems
August 29, 2010 9:52:56 PM

nout wrong with pwr supply its the card all problems started with card i run game in 3D 42 lvl rises to near 90 before shutdown i think i found my answer:) 
November 22, 2010 9:29:00 AM

I have the same card, and I get the same problem. I can play some games for about 30 minutes to an hour with no problems. Load the newer games (NFS, Two Worlds 2) and the PC just shuts down after 5 minutes. Replaced the card with a spare card I have 9800GTS and I can run the games fine.

These cards (GTS250) have some serious issues, I would not recommend them to anyone. If you can actually buy them new any more...
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June 15, 2012 10:40:52 PM

Lumi said:
I have the same card, and I get the same problem. I can play some games for about 30 minutes to an hour with no problems. Load the newer games (NFS, Two Worlds 2) and the PC just shuts down after 5 minutes. Replaced the card with a spare card I have 9800GTS and I can run the games fine.

These cards (GTS250) have some serious issues, I would not recommend them to anyone. If you can actually buy them new any more...



Hi Guys I would say the drivers are at fault here I have the same card gts 250 and had the same problem to overheating but put new drivers in for it was fine after that Not the latest drivers but the Legacy drivers from Nvidia seem to work for me give it a try now my card is running at about 80c in all games bf3 and so on
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