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    I have a Sapphire ATi X1950GT in my 2nd rig.

    At the moment im keeping the case open and have kept a pedestal fan in front of it.

    With the fan the GPU temperature reaches a max of 58 C when playing games. But I dont want to keep a huge pedestal fan right in front of the PC so i want to find a different cooling solution cause im really broke. lol.

    Without the pedestal fan the GPU Temperature hits about 57 C on idle and hits about 66 C when playing a game. Also i've increased the Fan Speed on the 3D card to a 100%

    Ive got 2 spare case fans (80mm). Any advice how i can drop the temperatures.

    Another forum said that if you keep a case fan or intel stock fan on top on the 3D card it will drop the temp. Well it did when its on idle but yet again when playing a game the temp still reaches 65 C+.

    I use this rig to play Lan with my friends. The thing im worried about is that 2 days ago after playing Call Of Duty 4 on Multiplayer for about 2 hours without the pedestal fan the graphic textures started to get corrupted. :(

    So please give a few cooling solutions. :roll:




    All temperatures were measured by TechPowerUp GPU-Z 0.3.7
     
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    The X1950GT is fine @even 70C it is built on the 90nm process and there is not much you can do.
    The card is not going to be damaged in any way even if it reaches 80C.

    Edit: 80nm that is.
     
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    weren't the x1950gt's and pros built on 80nm?

    not like it matters or anything.
     
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    Oops I was thinking of the X1900GT :p
    I have the X1950Pro and yes it is 80nm, but those chips are fine either way.
     
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    get a hole saw that matches the size of your 80mm fans and drill out a few holes in the bottom of your case and mount the fans to draw air in and blow it on the gpu. my best suggestion
     
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    Thanks for the suggestion.. I'll be sure to try that method.

    And thank you Nick259 and Zubasa for replying. :toast:

    The problem is that its a old card... Ive been having it for more than 2 years +. So just a little bit worried. :eek:

    But thanks again for the replies :D
     
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    ahaha, look at your specs. I have a 1950pro, those temps are normal, stop being so fussy
     
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    Those are quite good, I would love to have that on my 8800GT. When folding/gaming, temps frequently go up above 80C unless I turn the fan up.

    However, if you want lower temps, you could aim an 80/120mm fan at the card. Another possibility would be to remove the cooler, blow out the dust, and re-attach it with new thermal paste
     
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    Problem solved... I had some creative ideas.. so i put them to the test.. and now my GPU temperature doesnt go above 58 C :D :D

    And [Ion] I removed the cover and removed all the dust but i didnt fix the cover back... After i removed it the card is really cool.

    [​IMG]

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    As you can see below.. No cover :p


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    Your problem is the stock heatsink.

    Replace it with a Zalman VF1000 and you can play all you want at a very quiet level.
     
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    Yeah. Its small and it sucks. Im planning on changing cards pretty soon. Maybe in Jan 2010. Since its my lan party pc. I'll most likely upgrade to a 9600GT or 9800GT.

    I'm having my eyes set on a Manli 9600GT OC. Since it comes with Arctic Cooling. :)

    [​IMG]
     
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    dam man clean that fan lol
     
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    :laugh: I took this pic before i cleaned it... lol. Its clean now
     
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    The HD 5670 should be out by then. ;)
     
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    Hopefully if it there then. Maybe i'll go for that. :toast:
     
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    If not, I've been very impressed with my 8800GT, they're only like ~65 shipped used on the forums, and are faster than 9600GTs (my previous card). Either would be a good choice, but I would suggest you spend the bit extra for the 9800GT (which is essentially an 8800GT)
     
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    If it was me I would have flipped each of those fans to be blowing on the card instead of away from it (have the top blowing down onto the card and the bottom blowing up on the cooler). The way you have it right now the bottom fan is simply blowing down on the bottom of your case.
     
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    But when you keep it like that.. Doesnt it suck out all the hot air out of that area?? :confused:
     
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    With the side panel off you can almost consider it an open test station environment. I think you'd be able to shave off a few more degrees by flipping the direction of those two fans.
     
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    Yes it does but whats more effective is just turning around the fan making it blow cool air on the card.

    I know it sounds stupid by inversing fans but basicly if you'd put all your fans in your case as 'intake' and not 1 except for your PSU , as exaust, your whole PC is cooler instead of having 3x intake a 3x exaust.
     
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