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Old PC, GPU idle temp high - worth buying thermal grease?

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September 13, 2012 5:59:54 PM

Hello,

I recently had to RMA my new PC' power supply and my only choice was to use my old PC for replacement.

The thing is that my old GPU's temperature, MSI NX7600GT, is rising steadily while idle. It stops at 60C and while playing a game, it goes up to 68C, so only a small increase. The thing is, this GPU only has passive cooling, so no fan at all.

When it was at 60C, I touched the heatsink and it was quite warm but not hot enough to make it unbearable for the skin. My question is, is it worth replacing the thermal grease on the GPU? Will it make a difference if the heatsink is absorbing heat?

I believe that the high idle temp is also increasing the temperatures of other components. CPU idles at 38-42C and HDD at 36-38C. Power supply sits at a happy 32C since it's so far from the GPU and recently cleaned it properly. I have a case fan at the back that's working at high speed if anyone is wondering.
a c 104 U Graphics card
a b ) Power supply
September 13, 2012 6:16:01 PM

Hi.

That could take off a couple of degrees.

You could also put a little fan on it.

But i assume you'll get a new psu shortly so if it is worth the trouble ?
September 13, 2012 6:18:31 PM

I don't know how "shortly", it's been 4 days and they still haven't even taken a look at it because my PC is in queue.

I might buy a cheap thermal grease and see if that helps.
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a c 104 U Graphics card
a b ) Power supply
September 13, 2012 6:21:49 PM

Good luck ! :) 
a b U Graphics card
September 13, 2012 6:52:01 PM

You could increase the air flow in your case so it exhausts the heat the card is putting out.
a b U Graphics card
a b ) Power supply
September 13, 2012 7:10:20 PM

egilbe said:
You could increase the air flow in your case so it exhausts the heat the card is putting out.


Yes. If you can find or make the room for it, a $3 case fan near the graphic card would make all the difference. Do you have a side or back vent? If not could you make one?
September 13, 2012 8:34:29 PM

Hmmm, I guess I could install a fan on the side.

What I find weird is the high temperature in the first place. It's been a long time since I used it but I don't remember it having such high idle temperatures.
a c 203 U Graphics card
a b ) Power supply
September 13, 2012 9:04:05 PM

thermal past (cheap stuff will dry out over time).
a b U Graphics card
a b ) Power supply
September 14, 2012 2:34:12 AM

amarante said:
Hmmm, I guess I could install a fan on the side.

What I find weird is the high temperature in the first place. It's been a long time since I used it but I don't remember it having such high idle temperatures.


Are you sure its actually that high? There is a good chance that the temp sensor is crap.
September 14, 2012 10:15:17 AM

deadlockedworld said:
Are you sure its actually that high? There is a good chance that the temp sensor is crap.


I thought about that but the GPU heatsink is quite warm when idle. I'm gonna get the thermal grease and see if it changes anything.
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