I was reading about before hand about the temp jumping when plugging up a second monitor. I've literally just made this build (my first ever) and I prefer the opinions of enthusiasts above an article not specific to my situation. So is it running too hot or is it ok to keep it running?
The screenshot is of my HD6950 running a triple monitor setup, depending on your cooling and ambient temperature I would say those temperatures are normal. Though I thought HD7000 series had improved multi-monitor temps.
Like explained above the GPU will definitely downclock itself when idle and if you were a on single monitor it would probably go as low as 150-250MHz on both the core and memory clocks which explains the much lower idle temps for single monitor setups.
Oh so the problem is not on the hardware. It's the driver...
Not really. From my understanding, the card has to work harder to maintain a smooth and synchronized unified desktop spanning the different monitors and thus both the core and memory clocks can't downclock to single monitor levels, without introducing lag to the desktop, which results in higher temperatures since the new idle clocks for multi-monitor setups are higher.