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#1 Aug 08 2010 at 5:40 PM Rating: Decent
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Im currently running a Gigabyte Radeon HD 5870 and it idles at approximately 48C whereas it jumps to 65C prior to over clocking and 75-80C when I push the card to 990MHz. Is 48 normal for idling? I was reading that the 5870 should sit at 35C at rest. I could always push the fan speed up to 100, but the noooooiiisssssssse!


Also are there any good free CPU monitoring tools out there?
#2 Aug 08 2010 at 7:03 PM Rating: Decent
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It sounds a bit high for being at rest, but we also don't know anything about your case's air flow or how many fans you've got. As for a CPU monitoring utility, do you mean to watch its temperature or load or what? SpeedFan is pretty decent for keeping an eye on all of the temperature sensors in your case, though it might take some work to figure out which one is which (in my experience, SpeedFan is bad at working out what sensor goes to which part).
#3 Aug 09 2010 at 3:34 PM Rating: Good
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Those seem to be pretty average temps to me. I have fairly poor airflow through my case, as my nVidia 9800 GT idles about 50C. Gets to the upper 60s playing WoW. I've never tried overclocking, as I've never found a game that needs it yet.
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#4 Aug 09 2010 at 7:43 PM Rating: Decent
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If you're not OCing it'd be a pretty acceptable temperature, but I'd be concerned about the heat under full load (and if it isn't going to be under full load, there's not much point in OCing). Of course, the only way to tell is to do it. Even 80C isn't an overly concerning temperature, but some basic airflow modifications could probably drop it by 5-10, depending on how bad the current situation is.
#5 Aug 10 2010 at 12:15 AM Rating: Decent
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My case has 3 fans and the GPU has two mounted on it. I was initially worried about the air flow but while stress testing the card I was only pushing 70c. It's just that idle temp that bothers me but I guess the cards temperature at idlenis meaningless.
#6 Aug 10 2010 at 12:52 AM Rating: Decent
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If you're only getting up to 70 at load, then don't worry about it. That's a readily sustainable temperature provided it'll actually stay there.
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