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September 26, 2012 11:18:20 PM

So I downloaded MSI afterburner to see how hot my gpu got when playing games. I was surprised that it got up around 100c! I looked around to see how hot it was suppose to get and i hear it shouldn't really go above 80c or so. That's how hot mine is with no games running or anything. With MSI you can change your fan speed though so if i change it to around 70-80% It keeps it in the 90's. I'm just wondering if its really damaging my GPU. Btw I have a ATI radeon 4800 and intel core i7 at 2.67gh. If this is hurting my GPU it isn't bad because my pc is 3 or 4 years old and no real problems.

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a b U Graphics card
September 26, 2012 11:20:21 PM

yea ur gpu is over heating and can cause damage to it
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a b U Graphics card
September 26, 2012 11:33:35 PM

Have you ever de-dusted your computer?
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September 26, 2012 11:35:10 PM

older radeons as well as gtx cards were plagued with poor cooling and high temps. My 4850 used to be at 80 playing games. Upgrade to. Newer tech and smaller die size the temperature great the power is low and the performance is there..

a small upgrade and a cost effective one would be a 7770

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/513?vs=536

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a b U Graphics card
September 26, 2012 11:55:29 PM

Those temps are normal for that card, I have a 4870 that has been running at 107C 24/7 for months.
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a c 147 U Graphics card
September 26, 2012 11:55:45 PM

Three points:
1) It's POSSIBLE that that temperature is incorrect. I've seen plenty of incorrect temperature values reported with various software.

2) Your graphics cards still works fine. Why do anything? If it dies on you today you can say you got your moneys worth.

3) GPU temperature can go really high in the summer time, especially if the case cooling is also not the best (no front intake fan, for example).
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September 26, 2012 11:58:11 PM

I have cleaned it quite recently so that's not the problem, Not sure about airflow. I'm using the Dell studio XPS 435MT Case so it might not be good. Most likely issue is its just not a good cooling system. I'll probably get a new pc next year sometime, In which case i'll definitely build it myself or use ironside or cyberpc.
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September 27, 2012 12:01:24 AM

picison said:
I have cleaned it quite recently so that's not the problem, Not sure about airflow. I'm using the Dell studio XPS 435MT Case so it might not be good. Most likely issue is its just not a good cooling system. I'll probably get a new pc next year sometime, In which case i'll definitely build it myself or use ironside or cyberpc.


Between those 3 options it would be better off to build it
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September 27, 2012 12:02:44 AM

Thanks for the link, and here's a little build i'm looking at: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/iE4Q

If you have any suggestions or anything it would be appreciated :D 
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September 27, 2012 12:04:31 AM

Does your case have any intake fans on the side thats not being used?
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September 27, 2012 12:07:56 AM

No, its an XPS tower. Not much in terms of upgrades you can do to it :/ 
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September 27, 2012 12:39:00 AM

picison said:
No, its an XPS tower. Not much in terms of upgrades you can do to it :/ 

You can save up or buy a new graphics card and when you build your new computer or buy one you can use the graphics card you buy in th enew computer
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October 4, 2012 12:06:29 AM

Best answer selected by Picison.
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