Msi HD 6850, is it overheating?

So recently i upgraded to an msi HD 6850. Here is the card i bought http://www.ebuyer.com/248370-msi-r6850-pm2d1gd5-9cm-pwn-fan-725mhz-1gb-gddr5-r6850-pm2d1gd5

without gaming the card is usually 45-47C but when i play games the card shoots up to 70 degrees and after about an hour of gaming the card reaches 81C but then stays on 81C, even 5 hours of straight gaming the card lies on 81C.

i have no problems with the performance of games nor does the computer crash or anything, just worried about them high temps

i have NO back fan ( i presume this would be an exhaust) would fitting an exhaust fan cool the temps down?

thanks for the help in advance
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  1. there is nothing wrong with those temps. they are a little high but its not going to hurt anything. gpus can handle 95°C+ you probably just have poor airflow
  2. 81 degrees is within normal load temperatures for a lot of high end cards, but the 6850 should be a lot cooler. I would expect the load temp to be something more like 70-75. The idle temp should be lower than 45 as well. If you don't have an exhaust fan, that definitely would help. Also check your gpu fan to see if there's a lot of dust in there.
  3. Chairman Ray said:
    81 degrees is within normal load temperatures for a lot of high end cards, but the 6850 should be a lot cooler. I would expect the load temp to be something more like 70-75. The idle temp should be lower than 45 as well. If you don't have an exhaust fan, that definitely would help. Also check your gpu fan to see if there's a lot of dust in there.



    the gpu is 2 days old, its completely free of dust. I'm guessing that its bad air flow because the computers side panel is hot to the touch. The computer has 1 case fan. 1 cpu fan, 1 gpu fan and 1 one at the front of the case.

    I'm just wondering, would it be worth fitting more fans?
  4. If you don't have an exhaust fan, I would recommend getting one. However before you do, you may wish to confirm that it is in fact an air flow problem. You can simulate an exhaust fan by sticking a vacuum cleaner near the exhaust vent. Do something to load the gpu for a few hours, and if you see improvement in temps, then it is an airflow problem.
  5. hmm, okay update:

    i bought an exhaust, 80MM and i replaced my front 120MM fan. turns out the front fan was out taking the hot air.

    so i made the front fan blow in air ( intake) and the back fan to blow out the hot air. Is this setup " correct"?

    well, anyways since i've done this the heat has fell from 81C to 70-75C and from 47C idle to 35-39C idle.

    any other pointers to give?

    is 75C good temperature for a 6850
  6. download the latest version of catalyst drivers and manually set the fan speed a little higher
  7. weall8utd said:
    download the latest version of catalyst drivers and manually set the fan speed a little higher


    It's allready at 70% and boy its making allot of noise!

    I'm guessing seing as i cheaped out and bought the stripped down version here http://www.ebuyer.com/248370-msi-r6850-pm2d1gd5-9cm-pwn-fan-725mhz-1gb-gddr5-r6850-pm2d1gd5 its my own fault
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