On idle, my GTX 680 card is at around 36 degrees Celsius. I'm not sure if this is normal, but when playing Far Cry 3 on Ultra settings, anti-aliasing maxed, the temperature on my card immediately goes up to around 80 Celsius. The last time I started to play I continued to play for about 30 mins and it never seemed to top 81 Celsius. I was just wondering if this was normal, because I don't want to do any kind of damage to my card or system.
CPU- i5-3570k 3.4ghz
GPU- EVGA GTX 680 4gb
RAM- Corsair 16gb 1866mhz
Storage- 256gb OCC Agility Sata 4 III SSD
OS- Windows 8 standard
Cooling- Corsair H60 120mm Liquid Cooling
PSU- Corsair 1050w
Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 650d
Alright I moved the GPU fan speed up a bit from 35% to 50% and now I'm getting around 32 Celsius. Is there a limit to which I should stop increasing the fan speed?
When it gets too loud for you.
Far Cry 3 at maxed settings is one of the most demanding games, and your card is most likely running at 100% load the entire time. But 80C is extremely acceptable for that card, and poses no danger to any part of your PC. Idle temps of 30-40C are normal, too.