5870 cooling problems

By Ollie30001
May 2, 2010
  1. Hi, i almost killed it, i cant believe it.

    I was replacing a failed hard drive and didnt check the sata cable like i always do and of course it was wedged in the cards fan stopping it completly.

    Only knew something was up when my monitor went black 3 times during windows installation, so i opend up the pc again to the smell of something cooking, touched the graphics card and actually got 3 blisters on 3 knuckels.

    Anyway its still alive but idle temps are now 45-50c when they used to be 35-40c, and load temps are 80-90c when they used to be 65-70c

    I THINK all i have done is cooked the thermal compund beyond use, would you agree? what should i use as a replacement?
  2. exela

    exela TS Rookie

    Maybe try clean it a bit. I don't see how the temps would still be up after fan start working again.
  3. PaulWuzHere

    PaulWuzHere TS Maniac Posts: 270

    Submit a help ticket. A friends XFX 5870 XXX Edition was having heat problems. After a help ticket they sent him a BIOS update that really helped with cooling problems. Until then go into catalyst control center and manually bump the fan speed up.
  4. Flannelwarrior

    Flannelwarrior TS Rookie Posts: 131

    I don't see why you can't claim it just burned up of its own accord and get a new one through waranty...that would work, right?
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