I have a GTX 470 in a BTX case (Dell XPS), stock fans.
Under load, (Playing Sniper Elite 2 max settings, 180~ FPS, Continent of the Ninth maxed settings for a few hours) card was at 82 C. I was concerned until I read that the GTX is made to run at high temperatures.
Anyway, I took most of the internals out, dusted them, compressed aired the entire case out, reinstalled everything and put a new large fan right underneath the GPU. At idle I'm now at 39 C (was previous 45~ C). Now underload it's at 77-78 C so there's some progress.
Just want to know though, is this really a safe operating temperature?
I've owned it for awhile but I've never really looked at the temperatures until recently
I'm also a noob so if anyone want to correct me on this please do.
So it;s now less than a year from this thread, i bought a used PC recently with dual SLI (enabled) and noticed the TEMP issue. Then I've found MSI Afterburner. I play games with a slight OC with the fan's up at 70-80% (fan does get a little loud but gpu stays cool), and the TEMP stays stay under 70C.
Idle Temp is just under 50C.
Games: Black Ops 2(works fine), Final Fantasy XIV (runs hotter) with OC setting as follows: