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Windows 7: Video temperature too high?

21 Dec 2011   #1

Windows 8 Core X64
Video temperature too high?

This CPUID number looks way to hot to me. Fan is spinning on the card.

Nvidia Quadro FX 3400/4400 118c (244F)!!!

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Any suggestions?

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22 Dec 2011   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1

Are you Overclocking?
Did you check the card for dust accumulation in the card's Heatsink, ect?
Is your case well-ventilated?
Are the cables in your case managed or unmanaged? (cable-management)
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22 Dec 2011   #3

Windows 8 Core X64

No overclocking.
Card is clean.
It's a Dell Precision 370. I've not added any fans to it so it has whatever it came with. A fan in the power supply, one at the rear of the case and one on the video card (which I added so I could run Win 7).

Not sure what you mean by cable-management?

I'm wondering if the thermal paste between the GRU and the heat sink is dried out or of poor quality? I've never tried taking a video card apart before, so any suggestions on how to proceed? I'll get some Arctic Silver before messing with it.
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22 Dec 2011   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit sp1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
This CPUID number looks way to hot to me. Fan is spinning on the card.

Nvidia Quadro FX 3400/4400 118c (244F)!!!

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Any suggestions?

Looks like The fan on the Heatsink failed

Cable managment -is making sure the cables aren't blocking and restricting airflow
since you have a dell that is something you need not to worry about you didn't put it together

Now if you have warrenty on your system that would be your best option seek customer service help if it is beyond the service agreement then i suggest having it looked at by a qualified person

Chances are your card is failing about to fail or something is not working like it used too

I don't know the time span you have had this system but pretty much that would be your options other then replacing the card itself which a quadro card is Megabucks
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22 Dec 2011   #5


How are you sure the temperature's reporting correctly? Got a probe? Faulty sensor reporting? Compared readings between alternative monitoring software? At 118c in my opinion the GPU would have fried, or if not fried, you'd be seeing artifacts galore... and it'd also be very smelly too, a distinctive aroma of melting would be coming from your computer... is the GPU fan spinning or not?
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22 Dec 2011   #6

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Agree on alternate temp. monitoring software - HWINFO64 is highly regarded. Give that a try.
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22 Dec 2011   #7

Windows 8 Core X64

I checked the temps with Hardware Monitor (CPUID) and SpeedFan.
Speedan said the fan on the card was running at 53% duty cycle.

I installed RivaTuner and upped that to 80%. Temp is now sitting around 93C which is a lot better than 118C but still hot I think.

I'll try HWINFO64 next and see what it says.

Thanks for the ideas.

HWInfo64 agrees (I think) with the other monitoring programs. It has some numbers I don't understand though, like Ambient temperature.

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22 Dec 2011   #8


Just for comparison my GPU is sitting at 44c, it's slightly overclocked @ 685Mhz, 90mm PWM fan is revving away at 50%; but even hitting the cards high spots consistently and repeatedly over a long period never pushes the temps over 55c.

I do not trust onboard hardware temperature sensors to be accurately calibrated, nor correctly managed in many cases. If in doubt see if you can manage to burn your fingers (power down, earth yourself too...) or better still, beg, borrow, or steal, a decent techies temperature probe...
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23 Dec 2011   #9

Windows 8 Core X64

It's hot to the touch but not hot enough to burn my finger.

It's been running okay for almost two years now so I guess it's unlikely the temp is anything like what is being detected. Cranking up the fan speed did make a difference so I'll leave it alone and replace it if/when it dies.
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23 Dec 2011   #10


You'd just about be able to tolerate 55-60c on your fingertips, so it looks as if the sensor is reporting somewhat exaggerated readings, or there's some reason it's not being read correctly.

Just out of interest, try the simple freeware on the link below and see what it reads...

GPU Temp
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