Recently I realised that my GTX 670 2GB was running very hot on certain games. I'm talking 79-83C on games such as Dead Island (on balanced settings) and Skyrim (on Ultra). I guess my first question is: Is this damaging to my card or normal? The fan runs at 61% duty on auto at this high and the card usually idles at around 33-36C with duty of 30%.
My second question is that I have seen that some peoples reference GTX 670's are running at 55-70C with no problems on these games with even higher settings. Was wondering what could be the difference between? Ventilation doesn't seem to be an issue as all fans and vents are facing open space. If I require more fans, will I need a bigger power supply? I am a huge novice when it comes to gaming PC's and I do worry because of the price of all this hardware. Rig specs below:
Asus Maximus V Gene Z77 Chipset
Intel i7 3770 @ 3.4GHz
Gainward Geforce GTX 670 2GB (Reference Card)
16 GB Corsair 1600 mhz Vengeance RAM
1TB SATA III
500GB SATA III
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
700W Xigamatek PSU
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It just sounds like your card is running hotter under load What is your cooling situation like with your case. Perhaps one test you could do is taking your side panel off and seeing if the temps drop a lot. Kind of get a feel for how much airflow you need to obtain the temps you'd get.
Reference cards will run hotter, the point behind them is to not throw heat all over your case and heat up your other components like other cards. If you want to add more fans, you don't need a new PSU.
I'll try running the games with the side panel off, if that shows significant drops I may just invest in a new case and some fans. Currently have a Zalman Z9 plus, which is sposed to come with 6 case fans, the company who built and shipped my PC to me only put 4 in, though my processor fan is huge so I wondered if that was a factor in leaving them out. Any suggestions for some good ventilated cases?
Your case has good ventilation sometimes it comes down to finding fans that can push a bit more air if you are having issues with air flow. Which in turn may be cheaper then getting something like a HAF case from Cooler Master for example.
I didn't even know I could make the fans push more air attached to my case lol. I will have to look into this. I thought I'd just post an image of the GPU measurements while running the game on full, see if this helps you decide if the card is contributing at all:
See your temperatures in the 2nd test are closer to normal however still a bit high I would say. Well perhaps more normal for a reference designed card. Dusting out your case can be one way of going at it sure and should be done anyway to kind of keep your setup in check. Also, if your room temperature is hot and you don't have much vitalization for the case that could case issues as well. I'm not exactly sure where you put your case for example. My parents place there computer inside a closed wooden desk and that is pretty awful for air flow. Furthermore I would suggest perhaps picking up high airflow fans. Since I'm not one to say well your case sucks because it doesn't so get a new case. Worse comes to worse this still does not solve the issue then I would get in contact with gainward and talk to them about the temperatures you are experiencing what you have done to try and solve the issue and what they would recommend. I could tell you to re apply thermal compound to the GPU however I have a feeling that may void the warranty in many cases.
Two of these would completely fill your case. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I'm still having temp issues, even after cleaning out the dust from the case and room temperature is usually at anywhere between 16-20C. I've made sure there is plenty of space for the computer to generate a decent airflow, though I am recently finding out that the wrong side panel was given to me by Zalman. I am emailing Gainward now to see if they can give any suggestions.
The fans you suggested above, would they definitely fit in the case? I am considering buying a new case, but I am more inclined to buying a new graphics card at this stage.
Those fans will most likely fit your case. Fans come in 3 main sizes 80mm, 120mm, and 140mm. About 90% or case fans these days are 120mm, or 140mm (140's will always have holes to fit 120mm fans also). Take a ruler and measure if you want to.
Also, there's really no reason to spend $30 on fans. I bought these two Rosewill fans for $2 a piece about a year ago and they still go strong. Just keep in mind the noise and CFM. Around 20db's is on the quite side, and around 60 CFM is on the strong side.