I'm wondering if my recent Saphire 7970 is malfunctioning, after reading the great temps this card should get (I've the stock card, as I thought the blower type style would suit my Silverstone FT02 best)
Anyways...I'm idling around 39-45 degrees at best...sometimes the card will turn the fan down to 20 when the card is idling around 50-60 degrees! (Usually after gaming, the card doesn't cool down!)
My high temps are around 70-80 degrees, though I've seen as high as 83. OC wise, I've taken the card up to 1050/1500 stable, but I'm running stock right now and I still have the same temperature issues. Again, I have a FT02, so the card is mounted vertically rather than the usual horizontal, and there is a 180mm fan blowing cold air right into the video card, then all the heat is expelled up and out of the case.
What gives? Is my card broke? I've never taken the shroud off a video card, but I have some arctic cooler if need be.
I just got the card on Wednesday last week, and I'm hoping you guys could give some advice as to weather I should RMA or what...thanks!
Idle temps of 50-60 degrees are normal? Reading reviews, it seems that it should be under 40, especially in my case.
I've tried Afterburner and creating a fan profile, but its horrendously loud at idle or when watching a show...
Again...50-60 degrees at idle? I've owned a lot of cards through the years and never seen anything that high at idle. My latest 570 idled around 36!
Thanks for your' continued help guys...I just really want to know if the card is not operating properly and these temps seem crazy for a new card on a 28nm die...the load is ok, if a bit warm, but I'm mostly concerned about the idle. Post gaming, the card idles closer to 60, or sometimes a bit more.
PS: I've had this issue with every driver AMD has issued for the card...I'm currently on the 12.3rc
Idle temps dont mean anything, under load is what you should be concerned with. at 20% fan itll take a few minutes for the card to get back down to idle temps after being under load. Turn the fan to around 40-45% and it shouldnt be too loud an ditll say a little bit cooler.
Well, considering nobody here thinks those temps are high (though I don't understand why review numbers were so much lower) I'll keep the card and just let it use its normal fan schematic. Thanks for the ideas guys.
50-60 degrees at idle is very warm, and it should return to your "normal" temps after you stop gaming. The reviews that show idle temps will let you know what settings and conditions (what case they use, the ambient temps, and what 'idle' means to them- usually sitting idle for at least 5-10 mins). I didn't see a single review above 40 c idle. Your fan profiles can tell you a lot and maybe there's something going on with the stock profile. A little warm at idle won't hurt anything but you should be able to kick up your profile to be a LITTLE more aggressive while cap'ing fan speed so it doesn't sound like a lawn blower unless things are really warm. Cheers.
Thanks for all your' guy's info...again, really appreciated. I think it should be fine, if a little warm. I just didn't expect it to be so toasty...My previous case had a giant 9 inch fan feeding cool air to the gpu...this new FT02 just seems to not be as efficient somehow...