The 9800GT's were known for running pretty hot. When I had my 8800GT, which is the same as the 9800GT, I remember it running in the 80's about in load. If you could get the temperature lower, maybe by increased fan speed or something, that would always help. Other than that, there isnt much you can really do to lower the temperature.
No, single slot coolers that were used on most 9800gt cards are very poor. I own two 9800gt 1gb editions and both got aftermarket cooling. What brand and model is your 9800gt so maybe can work something easy out that will help it running at a lower temp. What itx case are you using?
@fantastik250: oh, if only there was room for cable management I have a 2.5" laptop hard drive in there to be able to keep my psu cables organized.
I also have two intakes installed on the side opposite of the card. that's all the fans i have. additionally, i will most likely install yet another intake in the hard drive slot (with very small fans) or an exhaust with laptop fans.
the video card? the evga 9800gt 512mb. single slot, not akimbo. also, with that cooler and fan, is it still a single slot? and are the holes spaced well?
it absolutely _needs_ to be single slot, otherwise I can't put my cover on
Does it have the same cooler as the 8800gt? If not then I suggest that you look to making a mod cooler to keep the temps down. The original coolers are higher quality but do need to be cleaned often. The later models truly suck and I ended up replacing the coolers. Better the cooling the more stable it will be.
Did you remove the face plate and scrub everything? At least you got a decent one, what case do you have? If there is possibility of adding an extra fan near the exhaust port at the front end of the card then your temps for the whole machine will drop. If you got tools then maybe a case mod