PowerColor X800 GTO - Problems

By pacman849 ยท 39 replies
Oct 28, 2006
  1. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    1.- To RMA (Return Merchandise Authorization) your card, you need to send it back to the place where you bought it, or request a RMA number directly from Powercolor. You need to contact them to know if you can request a RMA in the UK.

    2.- If you want to improve your case's cooling, you need to have a fan in front of the case, as an intake fan, and another exhaust fan in the back of it. If your case accepts 120mm fans, that would be better (more airflow).

    3.- I think there's no way to do it using the card's stock cooling. You'd need to get another aftermarket cooler. Zalman produces some good ones.

    If you have another question, feel free to post it :)

    Regards :wave:
  2. pacman849

    pacman849 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    X800 Aftermarket Coolers?

    Could be tricky, the shop I bought it from has long gone, and PowerColor have not replied to any emails so far. :(

    I like the idea, but my case has no space for an intake fan...best I have at the moment (and is very makeshift!) is leaving the side panel off, to get the heat out; can't say for sure, but since then the card seems more stable. :suspiciou

    As you say, the Artic Coolers don't seem to fit...

    Has anyone else managed to fit an aftermarket cooler to the PowerColor X800 GTO ?
  3. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,388

    The other thing you could do, which I have done a few times, is try to screw another bigger, faster spinning case fan onto the heatsink of the card. Just unplug the old fan and screw on a bigger one. It doesn't look good at all but I have one that keeps my old 9800PRO at 23C :) Just try to make the screws catch in between the heatsink fins, they will hold surprisingly well.
  4. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    Yes, but if it turns out to be a defective card and not a heat problem, the company will not honor his rma.
  5. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,388

    Ah, yea didn't think about that. Do NOT do what I previously said :p
  6. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    Try some Zalman heatsinks, like the VF700, or the VF900. They should fit your card properly, but you would need to have great case cooling.

    Regards :wave:
  7. pacman849

    pacman849 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Case Cooling

    Hmm, looks like it is back to the earlier problem then...how to cool a case, with no front intake space...

    I had thought about removing the PSU, leaving it free standing on top of the PC, and then replacing the gap with a new extractor fan...might help; what do you think? That would give me 2 x 12 cm extractor fans.

  8. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    Ehhh... Maybe you could just get a cheap case. Should have better cooling :D
  9. Mirob

    Mirob TechSpot Paladin Posts: 478

  10. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    Ugg, at first glance I thought you were talking about your pets (cats)! I just got home so I'm not in the "computer" mode yet :unch:
  11. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    LOL cfitzarl :haha:

    BTW, that slot cooler should really help. Maybe you can avoid buying a new case :)
  12. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    Now I'm awake! I had a splitting eyeache when I wrote my last post. Anyway the price of a cheap case should be near the price of the cooler (maybe only a few dollars more).
  13. Solecava

    Solecava TS Rookie

    Hello, there!
    I have exactly the same problem as the one you described. I bought my Powercolor X800 GTO card last week (my system: Pentium 4 3Gh on an Intel MB, 1 GB RAM, PSU 500W - 18A on 12V line), and I have been having screen freezes in games like Titan Quest, but also even when using 2D apps like Word! I used PowerStrip to speed down the clock of the card, and it seems to have helped. This migth indicate an overheating problem, but touching the heat-dissipator of the card shows that it is not hot. Perhaps those cards have problems in the connection between their CPU and the metal part of the cooler? does anyone else have the same problem?
  14. BigRed11

    BigRed11 TS Rookie

    Funny...I have the SAME problem with the SAME card too!

    I've tried improving airflow. I was planning on buying this:


    but you guys are telling me it doesn't fit? Next idea was a more powerful case fan. Otherwise, I don't know what to do. I don't feel like spending the money on a new psu.

    The stock cooler on this card is loud as hell too. Louder than all other fans on my emachine.

    Also, if I get the Zalman vf700 cooler, how do I go about connecting the power cord for it?
  15. Solecava

    Solecava TS Rookie


    I have, since, solved my problem: sent back the card and got it replaced by a new one (same make, same model). The new one is working fine, i.e. the problem, though intermitent, was simply a faulty card...


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