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Overheating Sound Card?


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#1 JPHarvey

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Posted 03 January 2008 - 08:34 AM

Howdy all,

Just a quickie - I am of the belief that my Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS may be overheating - only happens during games (CoD4, BF2142, Hitman: BM). Basically, after a little while playing, the sound will be replaced with a rather high-pitched ringing which is only corrected by rebooting the PC. Once it's back up and running, it is fine. It just depends how long it will be before it carks it again...

The poor little guy is stuck between 2 x 8800GTXs (it's the only available slot), and the air flow is pretty good - they max out at around 62C, but because the Audio card is right next to the back of the second GPU, I figure that is causing it to overheat.... :thumbsup:

So, I guess my question(s) is/are this:
1. Has anyone had similar problems? How did you solve it?
2. Do they make fanless heatsinks for audio cards, or are there Video card coolers which may be compatable (i.e. like the Thermalright V1)?
3. Worst case, has anyone used the ASUS sound card that comes with the nForce 590i motherboard??

Cheers! :flowers:

Justin
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Posted 03 January 2008 - 10:43 AM

Do they make fanless heatsinks for audio cards, or are there Video card coolers which may be compatable (i.e. like the Thermalright V1)?

Naturally, the first thing to try is update the driver.
I'm sure if you go to Fry's , Radio Shack, or any electronics store they should have a varity of low-profile cross-cut heatsinks. I found some at CompUSA once. I permanently mount them using Arctis Silver thermal ADHESIVE
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Carry a bunch
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Edited by garmanma, 03 January 2008 - 10:44 AM.

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Posted 03 January 2008 - 08:20 PM

Cheers garmanma,

Yeah, the latest driver is installed for the sound card. I like the idea of the thermal adhesive, although "permanent" is a long time... :thumbsup: I will need to make sure I get the right sized HS's before I stick them on, just in case it needs to be moved one day...

Cheers!
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Posted 03 January 2008 - 09:51 PM

It's a 2-part thermal epoxy, it doesn't come off. I knew a person once who bought it by mistake, thinking it was thermal COMPOUND. Only thing to remove it is heat, which destroyed the CPU
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Posted 04 January 2008 - 03:13 AM

lol - d'oh!
[CPU]Intel E6600 Core 2 Duo @ 3.19GHz
[MoBo]ASUS P5N32-SLI Premium (nForce590)
[RAM]4GB Corsair XMS2 DDR2-800 CL4 @ 710MHz
[GPU]XFX 8800 GTX 768MB [SLI] @ Stock
[PSU]CoolerMaster 1kW
[Audio]ASUS Xonar D2
[Case]Antec Nine Hundred
[OS]Windows Vista Ultimate 64
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Posted 29 January 2008 - 01:43 AM

Hey lads,

Just an update.

I have since got me a single slot cooling fan AND put some RAM HS's on the main Audio procesor chip. Unfortunately the problem is still occuring.

Is this evidence that the card is/may be on the way out??

Cheers

Justin
[CPU]Intel E6600 Core 2 Duo @ 3.19GHz
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[RAM]4GB Corsair XMS2 DDR2-800 CL4 @ 710MHz
[GPU]XFX 8800 GTX 768MB [SLI] @ Stock
[PSU]CoolerMaster 1kW
[Audio]ASUS Xonar D2
[Case]Antec Nine Hundred
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Posted 31 January 2008 - 04:58 AM

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[CPU]Intel E6600 Core 2 Duo @ 3.19GHz
[MoBo]ASUS P5N32-SLI Premium (nForce590)
[RAM]4GB Corsair XMS2 DDR2-800 CL4 @ 710MHz
[GPU]XFX 8800 GTX 768MB [SLI] @ Stock
[PSU]CoolerMaster 1kW
[Audio]ASUS Xonar D2
[Case]Antec Nine Hundred
[OS]Windows Vista Ultimate 64
[LCD]SAMSUNG 226BW
[Other]WC'd CPU & SLI

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Posted 31 January 2008 - 08:49 AM

Well, anything can go bad. You have tried reinstalling the driver for it, correct?
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