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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.

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.

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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.
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.
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 
January 22, 2013 8:15:56 PM

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