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    Default Idle temp of Sapphire HD 6950?

    Quote Originally Posted by SamCR3 View Post
    I just switched to a dual monitor setup (see specs left) and the idle temp of my GPU is up by about 6 to 8 degrees C. Prior to connecting a second monitor, my HD 6950 idled at about 38-40 C, with the GPU fan at its default fan speed. Now the card idles at about 46-48 C, with the fan set manually to 50%. If I leave the fan at default settings, the idle temp jumps to about 54 C.

    The GPU is bone stock and I haven't overclocked it at all. Also, my case fans are running at about 1100 rpm with the exception of my 120mm rear exhaust fan, which is set on medium (about 2000 rpm). I haven't turned up my 140mm top exhaust fan because it's pretty loud on medium. My intake fans are single speed so I can't turn them up, but they push a lot of cool air into the case. My CPU and MB are running cool at about 35 C and 30 C respectively.

    I have a couple of questions. First, are these temps too high? Second, will forcing my GPU fan to run at 50% rather than its default setting reduce the life of my card or otherwise harm it? And third, should I install a side fan in my case? I've heard that a side fan doesn't make a difference in GPU temp and, in some cases, disturbs the airflow so much that the card actually runs hotter when a side fan is installed.

    Thanks in advance for your thoughts and comments.


    Originally posted here: http://forums.pureoverclock.com/show...unning-too-hot. Got some good comments already, including reposting the thread here. Thanks in advance for your assistance.

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    Default Re: Idle temp of Sapphire HD 6950?

    Clearly there is something wrong, my 6950s idle around 35c - 40c

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    Default Re: Idle temp of Sapphire HD 6950?

    Let's see if this is a case airflow problem....

    Remove the side of the case and re test and post figures, then, if you have one, put a desk fan pointing at the open side of the case and repeat test and post figures
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    Default Re: Idle temp of Sapphire HD 6950?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lil' Dead View Post
    Clearly there is something wrong, my 6950s idle around 35c - 40c
    That was my experience too when I was running only one monitor. Are you running a multi-monitor setup?

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    Default Re: Idle temp of Sapphire HD 6950?

    Quote Originally Posted by SamCR3 View Post
    That was my experience too when I was running only one monitor. Are you running a multi-monitor setup?
    No, I'm not.

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    Default Re: Idle temp of Sapphire HD 6950?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lil' Dead View Post
    No, I'm not.
    That could be the difference. I've heard from others running HD 6050's that the idle temp jumps up quite a bit when more than 1 monitor is connected to the card.

    Still waiting to hear directly from a Sapphire rep. Curious to see what they say.

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    Default Re: Idle temp of Sapphire HD 6950?

    Quote Originally Posted by grumpydaddy View Post
    Let's see if this is a case airflow problem....

    Remove the side of the case and re test and post figures, then, if you have one, put a desk fan pointing at the open side of the case and repeat test and post figures
    I opened the case and it is idling at 52 C with the GPU fan set at 50%. This is the exact temp the card was running at before I removed the side panel about 20 minutes ago. I don't have a desk fan, but I do have a larger fan pointing at the open case from about 5 feet away. It's pretty hot by Seattle standards today. I would guess the ambient temp of my office is about 78-80 F. That could be a factor.

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    Default Re: Idle temp of Sapphire HD 6950?

    It's 80f in the room your PC is in? That may be it... my room is 75c and my card idle temp is 40c. Would 5 degrees more make that much of a difference? dunno

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    Default Re: Idle temp of Sapphire HD 6950?

    My gut feeling is that the case flow is good. Apart from ensuring that you have a fan in the bottom 3 front bays that is moving a reasonable amount of air I do not feel that you can improve this without re-applying the TIM on the card.

    I have no experience with dual monitor set-ups so I do not really know what is the norm here. It could be that for the sake of stability your cards' idle speed is higher when two screens are connected. That would be a function of the driver and not really anything you can do about it.

    How are load temps?
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    Default Re: Idle temp of Sapphire HD 6950?

    Hey, Hope Sapphire can chime in on this to see if this is really normal.
    But as I posted in the other thread, those with lower temps are running single displays. For the 6950/6970 the cards temp tend to hike up a bit when 2 or more displays are used.

    XFX told me my temps were ok with dual displays, I also tried using s single display and my temps dropped by 10-15c.
    Hope Sapphire will have some input on this.

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    Default Re: Idle temp of Sapphire HD 6950?

    Thanks all for your comments. I too hope we hear directly from Sapphire. I went out this evening and spent $16 on an Antec TrueQuiet 120mm case fan and installed it in the side panel. The fan is a two speed and it is set on high. Runs very quiet and has decent, but not great, airflow. My card is still idling at 55c right now, but I was able to reduce the GPU fan speed to default. Previously, I had it set to 50% to keep the card idling at 54c, so I guess I got some gain there but not what I hoped for. Anyway, like Solara, if I disconnect the second monitor, my GPU idle temp drops by about 15 degrees C. I guess this is what the card should run at on a dual monitor set up, but I would really like to hear directly from Sapphire. Maybe I just need to email them, but I thought that this section was intended to make that unnecessary. Oh well. Again, thanks for all the input guys. I really appreciate it. Maybe I'm a little paranoid, but I haven't had this rig very long and would hate to fry my brand new card.

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    Default Re: Idle temp of Sapphire HD 6950?

    Quote Originally Posted by grumpydaddy View Post
    My gut feeling is that the case flow is good. Apart from ensuring that you have a fan in the bottom 3 front bays that is moving a reasonable amount of air I do not feel that you can improve this without re-applying the TIM on the card.

    I have no experience with dual monitor set-ups so I do not really know what is the norm here. It could be that for the sake of stability your cards' idle speed is higher when two screens are connected. That would be a function of the driver and not really anything you can do about it.

    How are load temps?
    Played multiplayer version of Homefront for about 3 hours this afternoon, when the ambient room temp was at its highest all day, and the card was a steady 70c the entire time.

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    Default Re: Idle temp of Sapphire HD 6950?

    Quote Originally Posted by SamCR3 View Post
    Played multiplayer version of Homefront for about 3 hours this afternoon, when the ambient room temp was at its highest all day, and the card was a steady 70c the entire time.
    those temps are fine

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    Post photos of the inside of your case......

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