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GTS 250 Wont Stop Overheating!!!!!

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a b U Graphics card
August 17, 2011 5:16:46 AM

Alright so I Don't have a case yet for my pc I Am building, but i have everything else, So While I Wait for my case to arrive i am benchmarking and playing some games on it with the motherboard sitting on my desk and things, the friggen GTS 250 Will just not stay cool! It crashes within 5 minutes of playing a game or benchmark and shuts off. I Have the internal Fan as to max in precision, 1 Large fan blowing in in the front where the dvis are and a smaller fan cooling it from the top. It idles at 52 C, and when i play a game it jumps to 105 C and eventually overheats and shuts down at 110 C. it will not stay below 100 C.


I Dont know how to get this thing to stop overheating. I Got it for $20 from a friend and its out of warranty so I Cant RMA it. Also should mention when it gets above 100 C i can see White/Black lines (almost like a slow refresh rate) going across my monitor! (Its not the monitor. its a samsung 20 inch)


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a b U Graphics card
August 17, 2011 6:01:10 AM

As you've probably guessed, your $20 GTS 250 is broken. A working 250 open-bench wouldn't require any help to stay acceptably cool.

About the only user fixes possible (assuming the fan is working as you say):

- Did you or your buddy OC it? If so, unOC it.

- Depending on the card's design, the heat sink(s) may have separated from the chip(s) they were supposed to cool. Remove the shroud carefully and check.
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a c 173 U Graphics card
August 17, 2011 4:04:32 PM

First clean the cooler and change out the dried out stock compound then your temps will be a lot less. Second just keep the fan at a fixed speed rather than default. If you do all the above your temps shouldn't go past 80c tops but hang in the 60s and 70s during gaming ect.
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August 17, 2011 4:40:45 PM

nforce4max said:
First clean the cooler and change out the dried out stock compound then your temps will be a lot less. Second just keep the fan at a fixed speed rather than default. If you do all the above your temps shouldn't go past 80c tops but hang in the 60s and 70s during gaming ect.



it is at a fixed speed of 100%.


To clean out the cooler you remove the heatsync right, by unscrewing all the screws on the bottom?
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a c 173 U Graphics card
August 17, 2011 8:23:13 PM

Duh yes -_- there is no other way to change out the dried out stock compound.
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August 18, 2011 2:47:13 AM

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a b U Graphics card
August 18, 2011 2:49:58 AM

nforce4max said:
Duh yes -_- there is no other way to change out the dried out stock compound.



Cleaned it out, Applied new Arctic Silver paste and it still is just as bad. I Even put a bag of ice on the heatsync for 5 minutes then left it on while gaming and it still overheated within 5 minutes of playing. I Underclocked the core/shader/memory 50mhz and the fan is always on max and still its like it doesn't phase it at all. Quite weird. I Went and ordered a GTS 450 to get rid of this crap. I Literally hate it. Still stuck with it for a week though. Any Ideas to keep it cool in any other ways??
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a c 173 U Graphics card
August 18, 2011 2:54:00 AM

Replace the stock cooler if all else. Sometimes cards like this pop up that no matter what one does to try to fix them using the stock cooler nothing ever works. New cooler such as the zalman vf1000 but it is expensive but it is one of the few that I own and use my self. There are others out there but it may very well be worth the shot. As for the 450 its junk and the 250 with a new cooler can be fixed. Is the cooler level with the core?
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August 18, 2011 3:15:26 AM

nforce4max said:
Replace the stock cooler if all else. Sometimes cards like this pop up that no matter what one does to try to fix them using the stock cooler nothing ever works. New cooler such as the zalman vf1000 but it is expensive but it is one of the few that I own and use my self. There are others out there but it may very well be worth the shot. As for the 450 its junk and the 250 with a new cooler can be fixed. Is the cooler level with the core?



Yes it level with it.. I Cant afford a new cooler and as for the GTS 450 it has a slight performance increase and DX11 Support. It is better than the GTS 250 as far as i know, I Was going to call up EVGA And see if they would take it, but I Made the mistake of registering it on the EVGA Website saying i bought it from eBay so Since EVGA Doesnt (Usually) RMA Stuff bought second hand im screwed.
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September 8, 2011 12:50:44 PM

TRUE! but the GTS 250 has 256bit memory architecture whereas the GTS 450 only has 128bit architecture, all in all, GTS 250 is slightly better...

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a c 272 U Graphics card
September 8, 2011 6:36:29 PM

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