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May 22, 2012 5:54:03 PM

Ive just bought a Asus NVIDIA GeForce 9800GX2 1024MB GDDR3 512-bit Graphics Card
Specification

Chipset Line
nVidia GeForce
Chipset Model
NVIDIA GeForce 9800GX2
Core Clock Speed
600 MHz
Slot Type
PCI Express 2.0
Cooling Type
Fansink

Memory
Installed Memory
1 GB
Memory Type
GDDR3
Memory Bus
512-bit


I have noticed My gfx card runs at 71c with the fan speed on auto on ideal when i get into a game ( skyrim ) i play everything on high ive been playing for 2 weeks now on high and my max temp under load is 90 c But now today i started playing skyrim and half a hour in the game started to go slow i looked at my gfx card temp and it was 100c. Just wondering if that is high ?? Im guessing ill have to go and buy some new paste for the card ? Seen has its 4 years old i think.


I have ran msi kombustor but are having problems i run a stress test on the gfx card but only runs it on the one gpu but has many of you may know the card is 2 gfx cards put into 1. It says gpu 2 max temp is 90c on full load ( in the test ) and frame rate is 39 for the 1 gpu. For some resson it will not test gpu 1. I wanted to ask has well if i bought another 2 of these cards and used them in a 3 sli then would i get much of a improvement on the gfx ?? At the moment i can play everything on high dirt 3 / skyrim and other games the only thing i can't play on high is battlefield 3 so was thinking of getting 2 more and using them has a 3 way sli but would i get a boost from 3 ?? Also im gusseing the over heating if from old heat paste ?? It runs at 75c ide ( today ) and 90 on full load but today it reached 100 in a game but in a stress test reached 91c on full load.

Also the 90c on full load is with the fan speed at 100%

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a b Î Nvidia
May 22, 2012 6:09:09 PM

get a can of compressed air and blow out the heat sink first.
a b Î Nvidia
May 22, 2012 6:09:16 PM

Hi

Ok Firstly you cannot run 3 GTX9800x2's, as that would be a total of 6 cores, SLI only support upto 4 cores, so you could technically run 2 x GTX9800x2's in quad SLI although I wouldn't recommend spending that much money in technology that old, Also Quad SLI is known to be buggy and doesn't always offer very good scaling.

I'd definitely replace the thermal paste and give the card and your case fans a good clean, 90C+ is really too hot and you'll run the risk of damaging the card and shortening its lifespan.
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May 22, 2012 6:10:26 PM

Yes, 100c is high. 90c is about as high as any card should get.

The 9800 GX2 is an old card, it's possible the fan has worn out. You can try replacing it, or simply replace the card.
May 22, 2012 6:16:16 PM

ive just tested and the card runs at 65c at ideal with fan speed at 100% with fan speed on auto ( drops down to 40%) The temp goes up to 71c. When i play games im hitting 91c but today is a hot day and ive hit the 100c mark.

Ive opened up the card and there was no dust or anything.... And i can feel air comming out of the side of the gfx card ( meaning the fan is working ? ) These temps are with the side of the case off mind so would be a lot hotter with the side of the case on ??
a b Î Nvidia
May 22, 2012 6:19:13 PM

nick1200 said:
ive just tested and the card runs at 65c at ideal with fan speed at 100% with fan speed on auto ( drops down to 40%) The temp goes up to 71c. When i play games im hitting 91c but today is a hot day and ive hit the 100c mark.

Ive opened up the card and there was no dust or anything.... And i can feel air comming out of the side of the gfx card ( meaning the fan is working ? ) These temps are with the side of the case off mind so would be a lot hotter with the side of the case on ??


Well if your case has good airflow it shouldn't make much difference whether or not the side panel is on to be honest. The thermal paste may have dried up, so try replacing it with something like Arctic silver 5 or Arctic cooling MX-4 thermal paste. Also see if you can improve your case airflow and cable management.
May 22, 2012 6:31:07 PM

would the
CoolerMaster HTK-002-U1-GP Thermal Compound / Paste be any good for this card ???
a b Î Nvidia
May 22, 2012 6:36:56 PM

I've personally never used it, but its certainly going to be better than 4 year old generic thermal paste.
May 22, 2012 7:05:35 PM

i used new paste be for on another gfx card and drooped my temp by 20c so im hoping for the same with this. Would water cooling drop the temp by much ?? Also if i got my ASUS Crosshair V Formula working would it be worth getting another one and sli them ??? But then again that would make it has 160 pound for the 2 cards ( 80 pound a card ) would it be worth it in performance ?
a b Î Nvidia
May 22, 2012 7:13:26 PM

nick1200 said:
i used new paste be for on another gfx card and drooped my temp by 20c so im hoping for the same with this. Would water cooling drop the temp by much ?? Also if i got my ASUS Crosshair V Formula working would it be worth getting another one and sli them ??? But then again that would make it has 160 pound for the 2 cards ( 80 pound a card ) would it be worth it in performance ?


Certainly don't watercool the card, the waterblock alone would be worth more than the card..

You could get a HD6850 for roughly £80, it'll perform roughly the same as a GTX9800x2, it'll consume loads less power, run much cooler and have benefits like DX11
May 22, 2012 7:16:46 PM

can you run the HD6850 has a sli ?? I searched goolge and the HD6850 are 91 pound new i paid 80 for my GTX9800x2 and it was second hand. I guess i was ripped off ?
May 22, 2012 7:26:02 PM

Are the GTX9800x2 worth 80 pound ???
May 22, 2012 7:41:35 PM

This migth sound silly but the HD6850 looks small and ugly. Gonna try and send my card back and get one of them with the refund :)  SO im guessing the HD6850 is the best for around the 90 pound mark ? Because there are a lot of cards for around 91 / 89 pound on the overclocks website
a b Î Nvidia
May 22, 2012 7:44:58 PM

Yeah the small and ugly HD6850 is the best buy for around £90.
May 22, 2012 7:48:30 PM

Ill see if ebay gives me a refund then i think ill buy a HD6850 and see how i get on with it. Im guessing you have a HD6850 ? What setting can it play btf3 on ?? My GTX9800x2 can play it on low...
May 22, 2012 7:58:55 PM

Thanks for the help :) 
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