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Thread: 5950 256MB Overheat?




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    Hello Everyone,

    I am glad to say that I just bought a BFG Geforce FX 5950 Ultra 256MB videocard. The graphics are awesome, but the only problem I am having is overheating. When my computer is idle the GPU temp is at 44*C and then during game play it reaches 100*C which is way too high. When I run Aquamark or 3Dmark03 the temp reaches 120*C. I know this sounds like BS, but really the temps actually get that hot.

    I do not know what the problem could be. I have great air flow through my system (5 case fans). I am not overclocking the GPU. I am not overclocking in general. I was using a 5600 256MB card which the temps never went over 70*C. Don't understand?!

    Any suggestion or comment will greatly be appreciated.

    my system:
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    Asus A7V333 BIOS 1008
    BFG GFFX 5950 Ultra 256MB
    768MB OCZ PC2700
    Audigy 2 ZS

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    Actually, I believe that temps like that are normal for the FX5900's and the high-end FX's

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    ditto. Also, rely more on what you see. If there are no artifacts, no glitches, jumps etc in your games are benchmarks, then I wouldnt worry too much about the #'s. When you start seeing hiccups, etc., then you worry :thumb: . : peace2: Mista K6
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    These temps can't be right... I did some research and found someone elses card's max temp reached 77-80*C during gameplay.

    The threshold for the GPU is 140*C, but I can tell the my card trips out when the temp reaches 115*C. during gameplay. My graphics starts skip and my fps begins to drop.

    I have enabled the heat indicator warning so I don't catch on fire, and the indicator pops up saying my card gets too hot, and the GPU speed is lowered for safety reasons. I can get about 15mins of gameplay before the indicator appears.

    I will try to reinstall the card and the driver just to see if this could solve something. I will remove all my PCI cards that are near it as well. I will let you guys know what the outcome is.

    Thanks for the replies much appreciated!!!!
    Quick replies too!!!

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    Remove the GPU cooler, and clean it off, and apply some AS3 or something of the like

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    Thats going to take me some time because I am constantly on the computer. I will give it a try though I got some extra AS3.

    Thanks for the advice.

    I will let you know the outcome.
    I email BFG tech also. we will see what they say.

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    Everyone and there 500$ dollar card, how is that beauty performing? :confused:
    CPU: Opteron 165 @ 311x9 - 2817.8 mhz - 1.47v
    Mobo: Abit KN8-SLI
    RAM: 2x512 Crucial Ballistic Tracers500 @ 202 mhz 2-2-2-5 T1
    GFX: Asus EAX1950pro @ 648/1408
    PSU: Thermaltake 500w
    SC: Audigy 2 zs
    LCD: 22' Samsung 225bw
    Speakers: Klipsch ProMedia 5.1 Ultra
    Mouse: Logitech G5

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    It could also be that ya case's airflow isn't good enough to disapate the heat bein' generated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wiggo
    It could also be that ya case's airflow isn't good enough to disapate the heat bein' generated.
    I'd say that's most likely the problem if you havn't modded the stock cooling solution.


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    I don't think its my case's air flow. I have 5 case fans. 3 are intakes and 2 are exhaust. I have a thermaltake silent boost with ducting mod with AS3 for my CPU. Vantec chipset fans. Two exhaust fans for the power supply.

    I am going to rearrange my PCI card for better circulation and try to add some AS3 to the GPU.

    I will give it a try tommorow morning.

    Everyone and there 500$ dollar card, how is that beauty performing?

    It is a awesome card. I use to have a 5600 256MB card and a TI 4600 these card can even come close! Nor can my brothers ATI 9800 Pro 256MB!

    Although it is a little hard to tell the difference with the 5950 and the 9800 pro. I can just say that Nvidia's picture quality is better in COD than ATI.

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