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Confident about pc lasting the summer?

By NFiltrateG4
Jul 3, 2007
  1. At the moment here in Cali where I live, day temperatures rise to about 100+ degrees outside. Inside the house it also gets warm. Lately I have been watching my stock Ati Radeon 1800XT because im always scared that it will melt under the combination of the room temperature and the actual GPU temperature it gets at max load. At the moment, my GPU hits 78c full load while running games. Is this safe for the gpu to be this hot? This page from the ATI forums about the X1800/X1900's stated that the cards can run from either 75 - 90c. Here is the site http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?t=189390 This site has given me a little trust that my gpu will last each and every summer but I would like to get information from you guys about the safe temp situation. Here are my specs if it can further help:

    AMD Athlon XP 3500+
    Asus A8N sli deluxe
    ATI Radeon X1800XT
    80gb WD HDD
    2x 1gb Corsair XMS mem chips
    Creative Fatality Pro Soundcard
    Antec Smartpower PSU 500 watter w/ 12v on the 12v rail.
    1 rear 120mm exhaust fan, 1 80mm side intake fan, and 2x 80mm intake front fans.

    So is my card normal at 75c full load? This is the temp w/o using ATI Tuner although I do have it and have used the temp control before but resetted it since I dont want the fan to be overused at 70% speed. Please guys make me feel comfortable w/ information :)
     
  2. twite

    twite TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,083

    It will be fine.

    I live in Az..Today it was 108, and we use a swamp cooler.

    I'm running a 1900xt..its hot..but they can withstand high temps.Just give your comp rests every now and then..and don't load it to much.
     
  3. NFiltrateG4

    NFiltrateG4 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Any one want to give their information also? Are the temps 75c to 90c about right for the 1XXX Radeon series?
     
  4. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,916   +9

    Yes, it's normal.

    My GeForce 8800GTS idles around 65°C, goes to about 80°C when playing games with vsync on. In other words, I'm not even stressing it to the maximum, it's hot enough here as it is :)
     
  5. pdyckman@comcas

    pdyckman@comcas TS Rookie Posts: 718

    Air Condition Your Room
     
  6. Cinders

    Cinders TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,313   +12

  7. JimShady23

    JimShady23 TS Maniac Posts: 651

  8. twite

    twite TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,083

    Yeah but whats your monthly electric bill going to be?

    Those Ac units aren't cheap to run.
     
  9. pdyckman@comcas

    pdyckman@comcas TS Rookie Posts: 718

    Computing is an expensive game.
     
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