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Abnormal temps with 6950

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January 15, 2012 2:32:35 PM

Just got a new HIS IceQ 6950 2GB card, got it installed, and the temps are strange. I usually use two monitors, one at 1600x1200 and the other at 1600x900. When idle with both monitors, the temps are around 48. When using only one monitor, it idles at around 35. I have not had the chance to test it at load yet, but my case has three 230 mm fans and one 120 mm fan. I would think that there would be enough airflow to have it idle at 30, yes?

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a c 94 C Monitor
January 15, 2012 2:44:35 PM

Those are great temps for a GPU and absolutely nothing wrong with them! Your ambient would have to be very low to get it to idle at 30.
a b C Monitor
January 15, 2012 2:45:30 PM

^^or with high fan speed making it loud....
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January 15, 2012 2:54:06 PM

Those temps sound fine to me. Test your load temps and report back.
January 15, 2012 3:50:39 PM

Hmm. I just tried rendering a semi complex scene in lightwave, and while the gpu stayed moderately cool, the cpu (2600k) immediately shot up to 71 C and a little warning popped up in asus's monitoring tool. I aborted the render the render after it jumped to 74, why is this happening, and is this something i should be concerned about? (Rendering in lightwave uses 100% cpu power) I am using the stock heatsink if that makes a difference.
January 15, 2012 4:53:49 PM

Hmm. I was just running it at about 40 - 50 % load and cpu temps got up to about 71 again. I am seriously needing an aftermarket cooler.
a b C Monitor
January 15, 2012 5:07:40 PM

maybe the heatsink isn't seated properly, make sure all pushpins are through the board all the way


you shouldn't have any problems at running full load on the stock heatsink... sure it'll get a bit warm, but shouldn't get too hot...
January 15, 2012 5:21:07 PM

I made sure the pins were through all of the way, because the first time I put it down, I didn't get them all through, so I took it off to readjust and then pushed it all the way in.
January 15, 2012 5:45:34 PM

Well I have a 2500k, and under prime95 (100% cpu load) the temps would easily go past 80 degrees. I now have a "Scythe Mugen 2" Air cooler (around 30 euro) and I can run prime at around 50 degrees.

With the 6950 (I have one too), those idle temps are fine. Mine is idle around 40 right now, and its the big chunky ASUS cooler one. But load temps are what matter. Mine gets up to around 65-70 under load.
January 15, 2012 8:34:10 PM

Just tested it with both monitors enabled by playing bf3 at 1600x1200. The gpu ranged from 63 - 70. The cpu ranged from 61 - 66. Are these acceptable? I also played some cs:s at the same specs and the gpu went back up to ~58 - 61.
a c 94 C Monitor
January 15, 2012 8:36:24 PM

GPU is fine but on the high end for the CPU!
a b C Monitor
January 15, 2012 8:47:20 PM

When you took it off did you re-apply the TIM? GPU temp's seem fine to me I run 6950 also and my GPU temp runs around 45c drive 3 monitors at 1080p. Can't say on the CPU as I do not use Intel so do not know how hot they get.
January 15, 2012 9:00:01 PM

I did not re-apply the tim, since I took it off for less than a second and I didn't have any at the time. You are driving 3 monitors with two 6950s and they are idleing at 45? Mine is higher temperature with two at a lower resolution.
January 16, 2012 9:08:56 PM

I just bought and applied the cooler master TX3. Now when put to full load it gets up to around 50. Is that acceptable? I am rather paranoid about temps, because this is the most I have put into a build and I don't want to damage anything.
a c 94 C Monitor
January 16, 2012 9:10:25 PM

50°C at full load is fine!
January 16, 2012 9:12:58 PM

Wait, I just tried something else that pushed it to 100% and it got up to and stayed at 60 C. Should I be concerned about that? It is now idleing around 23. Oh, and I used arctic silver 5 for the heatsink. OOh. For some reason the +5V sensor just jumped to 9.044 V for about a second and a warning popped up but now it is back to 5.080. What just happened?
a b C Monitor
January 16, 2012 9:37:39 PM

60c is still fine...
and software voltage monitoring has its quirks, so that's nothing to be worried about...
January 17, 2012 12:34:19 AM

Hmm. Tried it out with bf3, crysis 2, dirt 3, and cs:s. Every game I do, the gpu immediately goes to 100% and the temps range from 64 to 70 again. Now, I get rather high framerates, and the cpu now stays cool(~45), but aren't these temps a little high?

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January 17, 2012 12:47:22 AM
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Everything looks good.
January 17, 2012 1:49:29 AM

I also just noticed that under the asus cpu frequency monitor, it always lists 1.6 ghz at idle, and always the turbo 4.4 Ghz when in use. It is listed as being and is supposed to be at 3.4, is this a problem? Should I change this? What have others done?
a b C Monitor
January 17, 2012 10:00:40 AM

a sandwhich said:
I also just noticed that under the asus cpu frequency monitor, it always lists 1.6 ghz at idle, and always the turbo 4.4 Ghz when in use. It is listed as being and is supposed to be at 3.4, is this a problem? Should I change this? What have others done?

that is how it is supposed to work, it will use the higher turbo freq when running lightly threaded software. so dont change it.


what do you mean "Every game I do, the gpu immediately goes to 100% and the temps range from 64 to 70 again"
if you mean the load, then it's just the way you want it to be. Temps are fine for full load situation.
a b C Monitor
January 17, 2012 10:05:23 AM

though intel list the max turbo at 3.8GHz
http://ark.intel.com/products/52214/Intel-Core-i7-2600K...

so is the mobo automagically overclocking the cpu on its own? Either way, the temps are fine, so there isn't much need to change it anymore, enjoy your higher performance :D 
January 17, 2012 11:53:02 AM

Well, this happens not only with semi intensive programs like lightwave and autocad, but it also occurs when loading an internet browser. I will launch it, look at the monitor, and for a second it will jump up to 4400 mhz. My motherboard is the asus p8z68-v pro, as linked below. I am using the simple gui bios, and I have the settings set to normal. Will these clock speeds degrade the performance over time?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
January 17, 2012 7:11:28 PM

Best answer selected by a sandwhich.
a b C Monitor
January 17, 2012 7:13:14 PM

lol
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