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#1 dogslikeus

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Posted 06 February 2007 - 12:23 AM

so i'm scared that i will need to RMA my videocard. i bought a sapphire ATI radeon x1950xt a few weeks ago and it's a wonderful card, but it does run hot. i've been using custom fan settings on ATI Tool to fix that and it usually hovers around 80C while running games, which i can live with.

the other day though, i noticed that the fan (which is usually audible when ramped up) was not noticeable. i ALT+Tabbed out of my game and saw that the temp was over 90C. i exited out and it didn't do it again for the rest of the day, but now while playing games i constantly minimize to check on the temps.

this morning i started a game, went to the bathroom, came back and out of curiosity minimized to check the temp. it was at 104C. i exited, checked the fan speed and while ATI Tool said 60%, a quick look in my case revealed that the fan was not spinning at all. i tried loading different settings, but it wouldn't budge. i rebooted and it spun up and appeared to be working fine but i'm scared to run any games now for fear that i'm going to melt my damn card.

basically, do you think this is a hardware or software problem? if it's hardware, i guess i'll just RMA it to newegg but damn. i've only had this thing for a few weeks.

so far i've booted into safe mode, uninstalled the ATI drivers and ATI Tool and then reinstalled them. it appears to be working alright now, but i haven't used ati tool yet nor have i played any games. i'm a little nervous to try anything.

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Posted 06 February 2007 - 07:56 AM

If it works when that ATI tool isn't being used, then it sounds like a software problem. If it were a hardware problem, then the fan wouldn't work at all, or wouldn't reach a high RPM.

If it were me, I'd RMA it. Just my personal opionion. However, you can keep an eye on it, and not use that ATI tool to force a fan speed on the card. The card should keep cool enough by itself without a program to monitor/regulate the fan.

If you're worried about cooling, you could always get a third party cooler for your card, as they tend to keep cards cooler than the stock coolers do. :thumbsup:
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Posted 06 February 2007 - 08:44 AM

you're probably right. but it's weird because ATI tool hasn't interacted with it badly until now. it's just strange.

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Posted 06 February 2007 - 01:52 PM

Could be other programs that are interfering with it now that are causing problems. You could go through msconfig and disable unnecessary programs and also do a good check for malware to see if that helps. :thumbsup:
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