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What are the ideal idle and load temps for most graphics cards?

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  1. What are the ideal idle and load temperatures for today's graphics cards? Preferably at stock clock speeds.

    I just got my computer back from the PC shop from being serviced under warranty. The HD 4850 was "extremely damaged" from constantly overheating, and generally being faulty. They took it out, and replaced it with an HD 5750 which idles @ 35-40 *C and runs @ 60-65 *C under load. How are those temperatures?
     
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    Pretty good I have to say. An example would be my 9800gt which sits @ 45 idle, 70-80 on load, depending on the game. It really goes down to the architecture of the card tbh. Likewise, the 5000 series are reputed to run pretty cool.
     
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    Those temps are about right; my 5770 runs a little cooler at idle but it's probably got better airflow than your Gateway.

    sherp derp.
     
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    sounds right to me. the 5 series cards run incredibly cool.
     
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    modern cards are designed to survive 100C temps.

    Only passive cooled cards* should get that high however, anything under 80C at load is considered OK.


    Oh and its a very common screwup that 'passive cooled' means 'needs no fans' - it sure needs fans, just not attached to the heatsink.
     
  6. Why do graphics cards run so much hotter than processors?
     
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    because they have to, to get the performance we want.
     
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    They really don't run all that much hotter. GPU cooling is just harder to do I think. As cool as it would be to slap a Megahalaems on the GPU, it's really not all that practical. :laugh:
     
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    CPU's tend to stop at the 125W mark.

    radeon 5970 and nvidias new 480 card both use 300W.


    looking at that example alone, GPU's can use twice as much power (and put out twice as much heat) as CPU's, at stock clocks.
     

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