6870 temp issues

I recently purchased a SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit Video card. I replaced an aging HD Radeon 5450 on the system listed below.

I plan on a new motherboard/cpu/mem upgrade in the next 2 months and this card will go over to that system. but the temperature it runs at on this old motherboard has me a bit concerned. I do not experience any issues with it really but the steady temperature of 55c (131 f) has me a bit worried. Is that normal?

This is my 1st high end video card since my 4+ year old 5450 (which never ran over 80 f) and am getting as good as results as i can expect on this old mobo/cpu/mem build on fallout3/skyrim.

This really is a non issue for the long run as this card will be on a z68/Core I5 system in the near future, but i don't want to melt it down before the new system is finished.

running it at 1280x720 on a 55" DLP projection and/or 1920 x 1080 on a 24" led monitor

It don't seem to matter which display it runs, (or both at the same time) it runs at this temp weather it is gaming or idle.

My current system (upgrading Mobo/cpu and Ram within 2 months) Mobo
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+ Windsor 2.4GHz Heatsink
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 Video
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit HDD
Western Digital 500GB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb PSU
RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-730SS 730W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Power Supply

Any feedback is appreciated

Thanks in advance and have a sunny day :)
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  1. I have that exact card (cept mines Asus) and it runs at around that temp too and i have some crazy fans on my pc!
    Personally i wouldnt worry too much
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  3. I think you're fine also, GPUs typically run hot. Try installing MSI's Afterburner and you can manually control the fan and put it at a higher speed if the temp bothers you. It will create added noise however.
  4. Best answer selected by stranger46.nnnThanks Scout_03, that cleared up alot looking thru that. i seem to be better than i thought than as it has never went over 55c playing Skyrim so my fears are set to rest :)
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