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GTX 460 Idle temps seem really high!!!!

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September 14, 2010 7:53:46 PM

Hey guys, I recently bought a new GTX 460. : I bought the superclocked version with the lifetime warranty

This card at idle stays at around 50C. That seems a little high even though I'm running dual monitors. It rarely goes above 80C after a few minutes of Furmark though. Did I just get a bad card or are my idle temps about normal for an OCd card running dual monitors?

Here's my system specs:

Cooler Master HAF 922
Asus P7P55D E-Pro 1156 Mobo
Core i7 860
8 GB (4x2GB) G. Skill Ripjaws DDR3 1600 (running at spec timings: 7-8-7)
Intel X25-V 40GB SSD (Boot Drive)
Caviar Black 600 GB 10k RPM (2 of these)
Corsair 650 Watt power supply

Any thoughts or feedback is greatly appreciated.
September 14, 2010 8:24:11 PM

Overmind12812 said:
Hey guys, I recently bought a new GTX 460. : I bought the superclocked version with the lifetime warranty

This card at idle stays at around 50C. That seems a little high even though I'm running dual monitors. It rarely goes above 80C after a few minutes of Furmark though. Did I just get a bad card or are my idle temps about normal for an OCd card running dual monitors?

Here's my system specs:

Cooler Master HAF 922
Asus P7P55D E-Pro 1156 Mobo
Core i7 860
8 GB (4x2GB) G. Skill Ripjaws DDR3 1600 (running at spec timings: 7-8-7)
Intel X25-V 40GB SSD (Boot Drive)
Caviar Black 600 GB 10k RPM (2 of these)
Corsair 650 Watt power supply

Any thoughts or feedback is greatly appreciated.


I get 35C on idle with 2 in SLI. Overclocked to 800 core. However my top temperatures barely break 60C in Crysis and usually stay around 58C in that game. I think its a general cooling problem and not just your cards on idle.

I do believe the card is made to go up to 105C so I wouldn't worry about any of the temps. But, you might want to check that.
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September 14, 2010 8:46:28 PM

I have gigabyte gtx 460 1gb and idle temps are 31-35°C and load are <60
check your fan's speed or you can try configuring the fans in MSI afterburner
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September 14, 2010 8:49:15 PM

The EE models, imo from what I've read run a little hotter to begin with.
Then dual monitors effects downclocking, mine goes down to 50mhz core 67mhz memory single. dual 450 core , the memory does not down clock.
My temps are 32single 42 dual
You could make a more aggressive fan profile in msi afterburner, have it at 45% at idle or whatever is near silent or what you can put up with.
The idle temps are not a problem. I would run the fan faster to stay under 80 under load.
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September 14, 2010 9:36:14 PM

Drayeon said:
I get 35C on idle with 2 in SLI. Overclocked to 800 core. However my top temperatures barely break 60C in Crysis and usually stay around 58C in that game. I think its a general cooling problem and not just your cards on idle.

I do believe the card is made to go up to 105C so I wouldn't worry about any of the temps. But, you might want to check that.


I've got a HAF 922 with some great fans. This thing moves a ridiculous amount of air and I've never had cooling problems. I wonder what the deal is?
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September 14, 2010 9:52:16 PM

Overmind12812 said:
I've got a HAF 922 with some great fans. This thing moves a ridiculous amount of air and I've never had cooling problems. I wonder what the deal is?


Dual monitors is your answer. With Nvidia drivers when you run a card with dual monitors it stays at a constant higher clock rate (never downclocks itself). You can check this for yourself by running CPU-Z to see what the default clock rates are for 3D and 2D performance for your cards. Then check GPU-Z or MSI Afterburner and see what your current clock state is. I guarantee it'll be higher than the downclocked state. This is what is keeping your cards seemingly "hot" on idle (they aren't actually idling ever).
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September 25, 2010 4:19:26 AM

rmmil978 said:
Dual monitors is your answer. With Nvidia drivers when you run a card with dual monitors it stays at a constant higher clock rate (never downclocks itself). You can check this for yourself by running CPU-Z to see what the default clock rates are for 3D and 2D performance for your cards. Then check GPU-Z or MSI Afterburner and see what your current clock state is. I guarantee it'll be higher than the downclocked state. This is what is keeping your cards seemingly "hot" on idle (they aren't actually idling ever).


I disagree with this assessment. I'm running a single monitor on the exact same card, I bought the exact same item from Newegg. The thing idles at 50C and under load, runs 95-100C. That's not after hours of stress testing, it's after approximately 2 minutes of having a menu open. I have no air flow problems, and set the fan on 100% to make sure I'm moving the most air possible.

The more I read online, the more I'm leaning toward it being a faulty product. I see no reason for it to be so close to 100C all the time.
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a b U Graphics card
September 25, 2010 6:26:42 AM

most reference 460 idles from 30-40c depending on the circumstance. a 460 idling @ 50c is unacceptable. mine idles around 35-40c


i think that "external exhaust" on that card is a little shaky.
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a b U Graphics card
September 25, 2010 7:01:42 AM

So what if it ideals at 50 or 40.As long load temp are under 80c everything is fine. said:
So what if it ideals at 50 or 40.As long load temp are under 80c everything is fine.


AIB's produce non-reference designs to provide a better alternative to the reference ones.

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September 25, 2010 7:04:50 AM

id get your card replaced but if its still happening then thats how it should be
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September 25, 2010 2:32:37 PM

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So what if it ideals at 50 or 40.As long load temp are under 80c everything is fine.


That's the problem. It doesn't stay under 80c under load. It shoots right up to 100c.
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a c 172 U Graphics card
September 25, 2010 2:57:54 PM

Replace the stock compound and maintain higher than default fan speed. Also you can mount a fan at the rear or the side of the cards for better air flow. You can mount a small light weight 40mm onto the pcb that will force air between the cards.
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October 28, 2010 6:06:00 PM

Well i have the Palit Sonic OC GTX 460 1gb clocked at 725 at the core and 3700 at the memory.

At startup with not any apps open (super idle) the card idles at 44c

When i open all my regular apps (firefox 3.6.11 with 21 tabs, Chrome 7.0.5 with 5 tabs, HWmonitor, Resource Monitor, 5 explorer windows, 2 PDF docs, DAP 9.3, Limewire 5.5 pro, Yahoo Messegner 10, Windows Live Messenger 11, Flashget 1.9.6, Camfrog 5.5, Norton IS 2011) it goes to a steady 56c and just SITS there.

Thats how i leave my computer with those apps always open BTW.

Then on top of that i play games like (Dirt 2, GTA 4 TBOGT, Batman Arkham Asylum, Sims 3, Crysis Warhead, Blur, Runes of Magic, Cabal Online, Tom Clancy HAWX, UT3, Red Alert 3, Test Drive Unlimited, NFS Shift) it goes to max of 75c

Furmark extreme burning mode with Post FX at 1440x900 bakes my card at 86c.

The MAX temp i got on one HOT and DRY sunny day was 90c. Ambient was like 32c.


AMD Phenom II X6 1055T 2.8ghz (stock clocks and cooling)
MSI 890gmx-g65
Kingston DDR3 1333mhz 2gb dual channel x 4 = 8gb
Palit Sonic OC GTX 460 1GB (Manual OC to 725mhz/3700mhz)
WD Caviar Blue 500gb 7200rpm 16mb cache Sata2
WD Caviar Green 2TB 7200rpm 64mb cache Sata2
Seagate 20gb 5400rpm 8mb cache Pata IDE
Thermaltake Toughpower XT 675w Modular single +12v rail @ 56amps
one (1) 80mm Auxilliary CPU cooler fan
Seven (7) 120mm Case fans (Exhaust/Intake/Case)
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
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