Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Sifter3000, 5 Aug 2009.
Probably unlucky, or maybe you never bothered to crank up the fan speed.
And props to you ever getting an X800XT PE, those things were amazing.
I've never really had a problem with GPUs overheating personally, well mainly because most of my cases has good ventilation and I only did a mild overclock. To this day I've ran most games on max settings and the GPU's been fine, of course this was post 2006 and it was when I finally got a gamer card of my own(X1950XT), it worked beautifully.
my Geforce 4 Ti used to have purple texture problem after 2 years of usage. other than that, x800GTO, x1650pro, 8800GTX, gtx260 i've owned never overheated on my.
8800GTX feels close to overheating and with vents INSIDE the case, it cooked my USB/Firewire backplate. gtx260 had been fantastic, zero issues.
with my experience with 8800GTX, i wrote a guide on how to adjust fan speeds. it uses Rivatuner so should also work on ATI cards
I envy those who could afford a GPU almost every generation.
I do kinda regret getting my HD4850 though, the 9800GTX+ was only marginally more expensive at the time..
And the HD4870, a tad more...
I've had an X1900 XT and a GTX260 and never had any issues, even when overclocked. The X1900 XT was in a Dell and didn't have a proper cooler, but I still never had any issues with it.
That's interesting. I cant imaging the through-flow was particularly great in the Dell case either.
are you sure it's the GPU that's overheating? Maybe your case setup is such that there are other components blocked off from decent airflow while a big hot GPU is installed? The NB especially comes to mind, as it's often overlooked when people build their cooling setup.
Yes, I had thought about this and tried cooling the Northbridge independently to find out. I tried bolting whiny little fans to it and also aftermarket heatsinks. I'm confident that it has been the GPUs at fault.
Nope, can't say I've ever had a card do that to me. Although the only cards that were really hot enough to do that that I've owned were an X1900XT and an X1950XTX (which was a replacement for the X1900XT when it died via Titan Quest...) the X1950XTX used to idle at 65*C and load at 90*C...
Of course, ever since I built my Athlon XP rig, I've been running some fairly high-airflow cases. A Thermaltake Xaser (that thing has so many fans in it! Pity they're all 80mm...) and then the Antec P180.
I had a passive cooled Geforce 4mx overheat in my shuttle once, but that was soon fixed by changing the bubble gum TIM on it.
(NOT IN USE) Geforce 2 mx 64mb
(NOT IN USE) Geforce 4 mx 64mb (overheated only once)
(NOT IN USE) Geforce 5700 LE 256mb (ran hot, so changed out the stock cooler for a BFG cooler)
(DIED due to OC) Geforce 6800GT 256mb, (ripped off the stock cooling with in a week as the pissy fan annoyed me to hell, arctic cooling nv silencer 5)
(NOT IN USE) Geforce 7600GS 256mb, stock cooling replaced for same reason as 6800GT
(SOLD) Geforce 8800GTS 320mb, kept stock cooling, ran fine but it killed a DFI NF4 motherboard due to overheating the northbridge.
(IN USE) Geforce GTX280 runs cool, but the fan is starting to get to me...
(IN USE)Quadro FX 3450, stock fan ripped off, waterblock fitted for silence
(IN USE)Radeon X800XT PE, still got stock cooling for now.
So one hell of a list, and never really had cooling issues however only a few keep the stock cooling solution..
The way my case is set up now I can't see myself ever having a GPU overheating problem in the future unless the GPU fan is woefully inadequate.
i had a 6800gt and 3850 die on me due to overheating despite 0 overclock and plenty of case fans
Well, it's starting to look as though I've just been unlucky with my ATI graphics cards.
I think everyone has had problems with something at some time, if they'll just be honest...
For you it's ATi cards... for me it's nVidia - I tried an 8800GTX and two 8800GT's before the third 8800GT worked. The other three were DOA.
My Geforce 4 MX440 used to overheat and produce graphical anomalies when playing Vice City.
What a piece of trash that was! But back then i didn't know any better. Also, that card works to this very day while all my ATi cards died way before i decided to upgrade them. So yeah, i'm pretty much sticking with Nvidia. Gainward at that.
I've had no issues over the years, having run:
GeForce2 GTS 64MB, GeForce FX5900 256MB, Radeon 9800XT 512MB, Radeon X800 PRO 512MB, 8800GT 640MB, 8800GT 512MB, 9600GT 512MB, GTX 275 896MB. All of these with stock coolers and worked hard.
My one bone of contention was a Sapphire motherboard with an overheating northbridge. I tried desk fans into the case, a new case, and several other methods before finally bodging a 40mm fan right on top of the block. Needless to say, it worked and the instability went away. Then I ditched the board...
TBH I have had quite a few cards over the years, and I find the ATI cards more heat sensitive than Nvidia cards as a general rule.
I have a P182 case, so there isn't much of an airflow probem, but I recently had to drop back from a 4850 to a 9600GT because I just couldn't get the ATI card stable.
I only ever had a graphics card die on me and that was, incidentally, also a Radeon 9800 Pro. It had stock cooling with one of these crappy 40mm (if that) fans on it. Then I decided to get the appropriate Arctic Cooling VGA Silencer for it, not unlike the depicted HIS iceQ. Blessed silence ensued.
However, about 10 months later or so the card died literally from one moment to the next. I left the room for 5 minutes and when I came back the screen was dark. Turns out that at one point the fan connector got loose so the card went on to only be passively cooled. I didn't have a clue anything was amiss, since thermal probes on ATi cards were first introduced as of the 9800*XT*.
I almost had an X1300 die on me...
That thing was above 80C and the friggin card was a low end one.
I never had one die on me altogether before, though sometimes I wish it would so I could use it as an excuse to get a new one =)
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