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Graphics card temperatures skyrocket

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January 22, 2013 5:48:43 PM

I recently had to RMA a graphics card to MSI because the last stopped working due to unknown causes. It ran perfectly well, with very stable temperatures of around 60-70c under heavy load. They swapped that graphics card for a new one, and sent it on over, and now I'm having issues where my GPU runs at 30-35c while on desktop, but as soon as I run a game, the temperature skyrockets up to around 90-100c. What might be the cause of this? The fans are working properly and it is not overclocked.

Specs-
Motherboard = Asus P8Z77v-pro
CPU = Intel i5 3570k
GPU = MSI Radeon 7950 Twin Frozr III

Any ideas?

Edit: Checked the thermal paste/heatsink, all seem to be fine.
a b U Graphics card
January 22, 2013 5:54:29 PM

Airflow of your case?
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a b U Graphics card
January 22, 2013 7:21:01 PM

Are the fans spinning up to speed?
Do you have any program that can control or monitor the fan speeds?
If so, check to see if they are working correctly.
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January 22, 2013 7:22:15 PM

They are working properly, I have them running at 100% right now as a test. The temperature seems to halt at 95 degrees celcius.
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January 22, 2013 8:13:55 PM

Update: Just going to RMA it again. Got off the phone with tech support and they said that the card they swapped it with (not new as I expected) had critical overheating issues. Not a surprise. Thank you for the replies, think i'm going to stick with Nvidia after this. :p 
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January 22, 2013 8:15:56 PM

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