I recently purchased a 7950 DD unit from newegg. I got it yesterday and noticed the temp was extremely high under a full load. Is this normal for a card of this nature to get so hot? It got this hot when using FurMark, and running a GUI Miner. I was also gaming last night and it was only getting to around 73 c with medium settings in a more CPU intensive game (TERA). I thought about re applying thermal compound to the card but wasn't sure if that would void my warranty or not. What do you guys think would be the best course of action? This is, if any is needed at all. I just recently ran the FurMark test and it shut off my computer around 105 c, and that was with a 125/0 overclock. I tried going back to default and it still reached 100, but I aborted because I didn't want it shutting off my computer.
CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 440 (Next on my list to upgrade)
Motherboard: ASUS M4A87TD/USB3
Memory: Kingston HyperX 8GB
Graphics: XFX Radeon 7950 DD
Power Supply: SeaSonic X750 Gold
What case do you use and what's the airflow like in your case?
100C is obviously too hot but Furmark can really do a number on a card. Moreso than actually gaming does.
If it turns out there is decent airflow in your case you then you need to contact XFX and they will issue you permission to dismount the GPU cooler and reapply paste and still maintain your warranty or they will have you send the card in to them and they will replace it or do it for you. Those are the two courses of actions unless your case is a stagnant hotbox.
make sure the fan on the video card is scaling up according to your gpu load. if it isnt, try msiafterburner. i had the same problem, gpu load goes up, temps go up, but fan speed stayed the same. msiafterburner allows you to make custom fan profiles
He just needs to reply thermal paste on the gpu, there are plenty of vidoes on youtube explaining how to do this.
Sure if he sends it to XFX they will fix it but it will take a lot longer!
Yes it is easy but XFX has stickers on the screws attaching the shroud to the board and if they are removed you're warranty is void. Call XFX first, they will let you do it, you just have to contact them first to keep your warranty.
The load temperatures as per Anandtech is around 76 degrees Celsius. Idle is around 33 C. So it sounds like, if your case is well ventilated enough, the problem is with the GPU heatsink assembly, either in the contact with the die (usually screws lose), or something else similar. Check to make sure that the card has enough clearance to breathe air, usually by leaving the next slots open to give it a few inches of room. Try taking out the brackets (the long strips of steel usually that blocks the slots that are not used) of the slots underneath the card.
Well I talked to XFX and got the ok to replace the thermal compound, but unfortunately that didn't help substantially. Temperatures are still shy of 100c under max load even if i keep the side panel off the case. I also made sure all the screws on the bottom were snug, but didn't look at any of the others.
Well I talked to XFX and got the ok to replace the thermal compound, but unfortunately that didn't help substantially. Temperatures are still shy of 100c under max load even if i keep the side panel off the case.
Defective card, RMA. I don't see this happen very often with XFX. Extremely unlucky. Return to retailer if you have had it less than a month. Otherwise setup a return with XFX.
I'm not sure if i have the option to return it anymore because i broke the seals on the "do not break seal" stickers with the approval of xfx. I'll talk to them and see if I can, otherwise ill RMA. Thanks for the input everyone!
Mid to upper 70's in the room my computer is in during the day then obviously cools off a bit at night. I already RMA'ed the card, but before i tried to leave the cards fans going at 100% for awhile and it didn't improve matters.
Unfortunately, the card will likely be returned the way you RMA'ed it. You said yourself it doesn't get much higher than 70c when gaming. Furmark is not considered a valid program by manufacturers. They consider a heat virus.
I can tell you that sometimes it takes a while for the TMI used on the cards to cure. I have found my 680 took a month before it's temps came down, and it came down over 5C at idle.