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GTX460 Overheating and shutting down, What To Do ?

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August 28, 2012 5:52:38 PM

Today I got my new GTX460 of sparkle ( in replacement of GTS450 ) The card I got today isn't brand new. It is used and maybe a repaired one.

So now I installed it in my system and checked the temp of it using different softwares and all are showing 55-60 on idle. Whenever I start any 3D application it goes to 80-90 very fast. When I play game then after 10-15 minute my system comes to black screen no display mode.

So What can be the issue ? the fan of graphic card is running as it should. Can it be a bad card issue ? or something else ?

I recently got new power supply Corsair VS450 and I think PSU cannot be the problem... Now please help me guyz.. What should I do.

I took out the heat sink and I saw there was enough wet thermal paste on the chip. So I applied the heat sink again tightly and again started pc, Also tried another power supply and still the same problem.. just turns off within 10 mins. And also the fan runs soo fast like it's on 100% speed... I think I will have to get a new card.. what say ? GTX460 is discontinued now so They have GTX550ti available in stock which is 100% new and sealed.. But for that I will need to pay 25$ extra to them
a c 193 U Graphics card
August 28, 2012 5:56:45 PM

Make sure there is no dust in the heatsink, and you may want to just re-apply the thermal paste. Get some Arctic Silver 5 and smack it on there. I've got the Sparkle GTX460 and it runs pretty cold in my Antec Sonata ( a case with very little airflow). Given the room is quite cold, it never goes above 73C.

And don't get a 550Ti. Its worse than your GTX460.
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a b U Graphics card
August 28, 2012 6:01:15 PM

I understand you took off the heatsink, but did you clean it? Also, if there isn't any dust in there and the card is still overheating, it could be the PSU. Sometimes, if the PSU is not powerful enough to support a graphics card that could lead to overheating of the GPU and later on- damage. Nvidia's listed requirement is 450W, but I'd give it a quality 500W just to be sure.
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August 28, 2012 6:02:16 PM

I tried Corsair 600W PSU and issue is still the same.. temp goes up too fast just when any 3d app runs.

Also the heat sink is crystal clear as it came from the company.. I also re applied some thermal paste and still it's overheating like somebody just put fire on it
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a b U Graphics card
August 28, 2012 6:10:12 PM

Sorry, but.... your GTX 460 has a problem. It is broken. I'd replace it.
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August 28, 2012 6:36:33 PM

The problem is that 4 series cards are discontinues and are not available here in India. only 5 and 6 series is available.. What to do :(  pls tell
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a c 173 U Graphics card
August 28, 2012 8:16:05 PM

Set the fan to 100% if it is humid in your home or outside for that matter with MSI Afterburner. That should bring the temps down a little at the very least. If that doesn't help tell us how hot it is outside then maybe some solutions can be worked out. Most here on this forum don't know what it is like to live in a hot climate.

Clean the cooler if you can and if there is any built up dust. Changing the compound helps and I do it on my gtx 460 every few months as it tends to dry out. As for mods, a cooling related mod for the power vrm phases at the back of the card goes a Long ways even to extending the life of the card. I bought mine two years ago and like 6,000 hours of wow and everything else not a single problem.
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a c 193 U Graphics card
August 28, 2012 10:01:40 PM

nforce4max said:
Changing the compound helps and I do it on my gtx 460 every few months as it tends to dry out.


Geez, I only really change mine if the temps get out of hand.
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a c 173 U Graphics card
August 28, 2012 10:11:02 PM

Why not? I don't have any temp problems but I always end up jumping the gun thinking I got dust build up but never as much after changing the fans. The original fans built up rather quickly but I changed to high flow 80mm fans so dust dost build like it used to however I am considering another mod. I am slowly gathering aluminum plate that I am going to use for the vram.
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a c 193 U Graphics card
August 28, 2012 10:17:03 PM

Yea I do blow out my dust every month or so, but I don't change the thermal goop often (except I just changed my CPU stuff yesterday to Arctic Silver 5)
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August 29, 2012 3:03:24 AM

nforce4max said:
Set the fan to 100% if it is humid in your home or outside for that matter with MSI Afterburner. That should bring the temps down a little at the very least. If that doesn't help tell us how hot it is outside then maybe some solutions can be worked out. Most here on this forum don't know what it is like to live in a hot climate.

Clean the cooler if you can and if there is any built up dust. Changing the compound helps and I do it on my gtx 460 every few months as it tends to dry out. As for mods, a cooling related mod for the power vrm phases at the back of the card goes a Long ways even to extending the life of the card. I bought mine two years ago and like 6,000 hours of wow and everything else not a single problem.


Tried setting the fan @ 100% and it ran superfast and still whenever I launch any 3d app temp goes up to 80-100 within 30 seconds.

My Room is Air Conditioned and the temperature is 20-23 Degree Celsius.

Cooler and all graphic card is crystal clear. what to do now :( 
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a c 193 U Graphics card
August 29, 2012 4:34:19 AM

Have you looked at the thermal paste maybe?
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August 29, 2012 4:53:24 AM

there is enough wet thermal paste. anyways can just a thermal paste cause overheating of card ? I have changed put out my CPU and it's fan many times and there is no thermal paste on CPU so why it doesn't overheat ?
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a c 193 U Graphics card
August 29, 2012 5:48:46 AM

There's no thermal paste on your CPU? Well too much thermal paste can heat up and cause the card to get hot. Maybe get some new paste and re-apply it. Just like the processor.
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August 29, 2012 5:56:22 AM

Well I have sent the card back to the service center and will be getting a new one in the evening.

So tell me guyz, Which card should I get now ? they says 4 series is discontinued and they have 5 and 6 series cards.. GTX550ti is below 460 and still I will need to pay 25$ extra for that.. Please suggest me a good replacement card. Thnx
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a b U Graphics card
August 29, 2012 7:00:32 AM

GTX 560. Non-ti version. What is your budget?
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August 29, 2012 7:03:56 AM

as I don't use 3d apps much ( including games ) I don't want to spend much on these things. I do gaming only on sundays, other days I do general work. My PC is powered on 24x7... So I would like to get a replacement card within the range of paying 20-40$ more
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August 29, 2012 7:10:29 AM

Just talked to Service center again and they are saying that my card is already 2 year and 10 month old and the warranty left is only 2 months. They are saying that 4 series is not coming in stock now so they are offering me Brand new Sealed GTX550ti by paying 25$ extra and GTX560 by paying 50$ extra.. They are saying that if I take any of these they will give me 3 year warranty again from today and will also give me new printed invoice of the card.. What should I do guyz ? pls help
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a c 193 U Graphics card
August 29, 2012 7:13:44 AM

Wait are you getting back a GTX460 or what?
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August 29, 2012 7:20:46 AM

GTX460 is discontinued and is not in stock so they can't give me a new 4 series card.. They have 5 and 6 series cards only. Pls read my last comment.

additional info: I play games at 1440x900 resolutions, I used to play all games at max settings very smoothly with great FPS with my GTS450.. then after nearly 3 years of use it got defective and Sparkle gave me refurbished GTX460 as replacement..

Now The GTX460 I received was also defective and I sent it back to them and I will be getting a fresh card in the evening... I have 2 choices.. 550ti or 560

for 550ti I need to pay 25$ extra and for 560 I need to pay 50$.. what to do ? I don't have much time
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a b U Graphics card
August 29, 2012 8:58:02 AM

If you can give those extra $10 for the 560, do it. It's a hell of a lot more powerful than the 550ti.
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August 29, 2012 8:58:46 AM

it's not 10$ it's 25$
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a b U Graphics card
August 29, 2012 9:31:04 AM

I meant the difference- you said your budget was $20-40 and the card costs $50.
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August 29, 2012 10:04:14 AM

Well as per my usage I have finalized the GTX550ti 1GB Card. with 3 year extended warranty
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August 29, 2012 1:30:56 PM

is my decision okay or should I cancel it ???
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a b U Graphics card
August 29, 2012 1:47:17 PM

Well the 560 is about 40% better than the 550ti. But if you think you won't need it, then just go for the 550ti.
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a c 193 U Graphics card
August 29, 2012 3:18:14 PM

I would go for the 560 as well. But it doesnt really matter all too much.
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August 29, 2012 3:49:01 PM

Corsair VS450 will be enough for GTX560 ?
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a c 193 U Graphics card
August 29, 2012 3:54:12 PM

KashishGupta said:
Corsair VS450 will be enough for GTX560 ?




Should be plenty, you've got enough amperage on the 12V rail.
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August 29, 2012 4:29:16 PM

I have Core2Duo E7400 and 1DVD RW Drive and 3 Hard Disks
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a b U Graphics card
August 29, 2012 4:39:19 PM

Good. There should be no bottleneck, at least not significant and the PSU can support a GTX 560.
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August 29, 2012 4:52:56 PM

uhm, again confused. I think I can't breath without getting 560 now.. let me make a good deal with service center.. ill see what happens. Ill try to bargain with them :p 

Anyways how much difference is there on prices of 550ti and 560 in market ? the 20-25$ difference is good, bad, or normal ?
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a b U Graphics card
August 29, 2012 5:49:56 PM

The cheapest 550ti on newegg is $115. The cheapest 560 is $160.
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a c 193 U Graphics card
August 29, 2012 5:56:42 PM

If you don't get the 560 though, its not exactly the end of the world. Its not like the card will not be able to play games.

I am more shocked because they are charging you for a card that is worse than what you had.
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August 29, 2012 7:18:17 PM

Actually I had GTS450 and they replaced it with GTX460 which came faulty so they are giving sealed new 550ti and saying that they will give new bill and fresh 3 year warranty too..
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a c 193 U Graphics card
August 29, 2012 7:23:05 PM

Well at least you get the new warranty, which is nice.
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August 29, 2012 7:26:09 PM

yes that is the reason I agreed to pay for. And they are also saying that we are only charging coz of new warranty and sealed pack. if u dont want to pay then u can wait and we will get u your GTS450 back in working condition.. So I thought why not just give 25$ to them and get 550ti with new warranty :) 

Anyways I haven't used GTX460.. What I used is GTS450 and I played all games at max settings and all runs smooth.. I even finished Max payne 3, Latest COD and BF3 and all other latest games on GTS450 with max settings.. I have 19" monitor with 1440x900 resolution..

So what do you say. 550ti better than 450 ?
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a c 193 U Graphics card
August 29, 2012 7:35:43 PM

I would say it is, yes.
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August 29, 2012 7:41:00 PM

Okay Then 550ti is final for now.. if I will feel any performance prob with this card within next 1-3 years then I will short circuit it and will get better one in replacement :) ) =))
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a b U Graphics card
August 29, 2012 8:46:51 PM

That's master trolling right there^ Good luck :D 
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August 30, 2012 1:10:34 PM

Finally Got my new GTX550 Ti, Installed it, Stress Tested it using Furmark and it went to 80 temp max after 4 minutes of 100% Load then I closed the app.

They Gave Me Palit Card instead of Sparkle. Is Palit good ? my this card is running on 50-50 temp on idle, ok or not ?..... I am also posting some pics of the card :) 







There is no fan in my cabinet, Should I get one ?
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August 30, 2012 4:38:48 PM

replies please
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