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February 28, 2012 7:51:24 PM

Hi
I have a Evga Nvidia 550ti superclocked, in a antec 1200 case with 6 case fans but with just programs like itunes visualiser it is reaching temperatures of 66 c at around 50% of the cards usage. I am worried about when I start playing games like skyrim it will blow and i am not willing to dish out another £80 for the graphics.
One reason i thought it might have to do with is instead of a normal 6 pin pci power cable i am using an adapter that came with the graphics card to change 2 molex cables to a 6 pin and one of those molexs i have daisy chained the 6 case fans on. recently soon after i installed the card i acciedently knocked the power cable so the computer shut down and when it restarted about 30 secs in it all when red( you could still see everything but very red) so i did a restart and the screen wouldnt show anything so iu waited and it all came up and i did a system restore and it is all alright a t the moment but i havent push the graphics card yet. at one point i would like to attach a 3d monitor to it and play high end games but at this rate after 2 days it is not looking as if it would cope
Many Thanks Gadget Maniac

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February 28, 2012 7:56:48 PM

66C is a pretty low temperature for GPU cores. It's not like CPU core temperature... GPUs are often fine even at like 85C (though of course a temp like that is undesirable).

While I suppose you could have an issue with your power supply, I'd say just keep an eye on your temperatures with a program like EVGA Precision or MSI Afterburner and see what they do. Anything under 80C should be fine. Both EVGA Precision and MSI Afterburner allow you to set up GPU fan profiles as well, so you can increase your fan speed on the card if you want it to run cooler.
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February 28, 2012 8:01:48 PM

Your temps are fine , thats normal , you have better temps than me.
If you want to play high end games on a 3D monitor you may want to look at a higher end card to play them, the 550ti won't cut it for the high end.
Try and change the molex you put to a spare one , even if it means you lose a fan , your graphics card comes first.
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February 28, 2012 8:01:57 PM

Thanks big mack70
It is that I am worries about playing high end games on it in case it blows because I have heard of cases where one component has blown destroying the whole PC and if I add 3d to these games it will be reaching some pretty high temps
February 28, 2012 8:06:16 PM

You're fine dude... seriously. I highly doubt your temps are gonna be a problem - maybe if you did something like furmark or OCCT (GPU stress tests designed to generate maximum heat), but gaming you should be fine.

Just use one of those programs I mentioned - they both have an on-screen-display so you can monitor your GPU temperature in-game and quit out if you start seeing them climb near or over 80C.

Absolute worst case scenario, you need to increase your GPU fan speed manually. And a little GPU overheating shouldn't cause anything worse than a BSOD.
February 28, 2012 8:11:07 PM

Thanks
Fair enough. And I got Eva precision so I get the gpu stats in the tray( bottom right) but you only think temperatures near 90s that I should be worried about
February 28, 2012 8:16:23 PM

I don't know exactly what the 550ti can handle, but personally I wouldn't get worried until they got over 80C. If they were to get much over 80C, I'd put a more aggressive fan profile on the card to help keep temps down.

I know that some of the GTX 4xx series cards could handle temps in the 90s and still operate, so you might be fine even in the mid 80s on a 550ti. Honestly, though, I'd expect your gaming temps, at max, to be 78-82 - which is just fine.

Worth mentioning that you should RMA your card if you do for some reason see temperatures start skyrocketing into the 90s (unless, that is, you increased voltages on your card).
February 28, 2012 10:28:31 PM

My 4870X2 idles at 60C, so as long as the fan is working and the card stays below whatever it's rated to, you should be fine. I had a 4850 that I BIOS modded so it would idle at 40C and ramp up the fan so that it never ran above 70C. I'm not sure about the BIOS modding scene for nVidia cards. Just beware that if you have a problem while flashing the BIOS, you have a very expensive paperweight. A BIOS mod will void your warranty.

IF you made sure everything was plugged in properly after you bumped the cord, everything should be fine. Maybe just run some sort of benchmark first to see if there are any problems. If you think the card isn't getting enough power, you could move the fans to another lead from the PSU. Also, since you don't have a dedicated PCIE power lead, you might want to make sure that your PSU is capable of providing enough power on the 12V rail.

One last thing. If you bought the card new, you should have a warranty. IF it starts having problems, you can always RMA it.
February 29, 2012 5:40:39 AM

Thanks since I don't have a spare molex lead how can I tell if it is getting enough power or not
February 29, 2012 5:42:18 AM

Should I split one lea and try and draw more power from the psu or will it not provide enough power?
February 29, 2012 3:06:57 PM

If you experience strange artifacting, awful performance, or crashes during games/stress tests - then you might not be getting enough power to the card. As long as you have 2 molex connectors connected to the 6 pin PCI-e adapter, though, your card should be getting enough power - it's not a very demanding card in terms of power. It shouldn't matter what else is hooked onto those molex lines.
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May 27, 2012 1:03:43 AM

Gadget Maniac said:
Hi
I have a Evga Nvidia 550ti superclocked, in a antec 1200 case with 6 case fans but with just programs like itunes visualiser it is reaching temperatures of 66 c at around 50% of the cards usage. I am worried about when I start playing games like skyrim it will blow and i am not willing to dish out another £80 for the graphics.
One reason i thought it might have to do with is instead of a normal 6 pin pci power cable i am using an adapter that came with the graphics card to change 2 molex cables to a 6 pin and one of those molexs i have daisy chained the 6 case fans on. recently soon after i installed the card i acciedently knocked the power cable so the computer shut down and when it restarted about 30 secs in it all when red( you could still see everything but very red) so i did a restart and the screen wouldnt show anything so iu waited and it all came up and i did a system restore and it is all alright a t the moment but i havent push the graphics card yet. at one point i would like to attach a 3d monitor to it and play high end games but at this rate after 2 days it is not looking as if it would cope
Many Thanks Gadget Maniac


Do you like the 550ti?? because i am thinking about getting it and want to know your thoughts. Can you post your windows index experience??
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