Video card running too hot

By Agent Spork
Aug 14, 2007
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  1. This is a problem that has popped up recently. My video card has a bad habit of running really hot, even when idle. This wasn't an issue at all until just a few months ago, when all of a sudden it'd start going over the core slowdown threshold (135 degrees celcius) almost every time I'd go to play a game. It also runs at around 90 degress celcius when it's idle.

    I thought maybe it might be a dust problem, so I went and did a thorough cleaning of my case. That had little to no effect on the video card's temperature. I checked to make sure all of the fans in the case and on the video card were functioning properly, too. Nothing seems to be wrong in that regard.

    It seems pretty strange for a problem like this to appear out of nowhere, especially since I haven't made any changes to the system since I got it a couple years ago.

    Here's a basic list of system specs:
    • Processor: Intel Pentium 4, 3.4ghz
    • Video card: 256 MB NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT (PCIe 16x)
    • RAM: 1 GB
    • Operating System: Windows XP Professional
    • ForceWare Version: 93.71
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