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#1 Guth

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 14:09

Hey guys, looking for some advice or reassurance.

I recently got a new graphics card as I sold my console and wanted to start gaming on PC. The only games Ive really played are older ones as I've been a bit strapped for cash. So the card hasn't been worked all that hard, it was hardly ever above 60% load playing older call of duty games.
I just got crysis 3 and have been playing with the settings as high as I can whilst still getting a decent frame rate. I just played 2 hours straight and started to smell a melting plastic smell.
I opened up the case and its the card is coming from, the card was only at 70 degrees C though so its not that hot I don't think.
Is this something to be expected with a new card? I tried google but some seem to say its bad whilst others are saying that its normal.


#2 Mark

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 14:15

What PSU do you have? I've these symptoms when they've been ready to die before.

#3 OP Guth

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 15:05

What PSU do you have? I've these symptoms when they've been ready to die before.

its quite an old one, I got it maybe 4 years ago.
The fan did stop a few weeks ago but I gave it a push round and it started again. I checked that but it was still spinning.
Perhaps the fan is on its way out and isnt spinning full speed?
The card requires a minimum 400W supply and thats what I have.

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 15:07

Burning plastic / electrical smell comes from overloaded PSUs alright, I ran 2 x 6850s on 1 x 570w Trust PSU to see what would happen, its stunk the room out with that smell and cut out, but always recovered


400w minimum, if you have a 400w PSU, it is not providing 400w or anything close to that

#5 Hum

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 15:10

Sounds like serious overheating to me.

Let the case Open for better cooling.

Or likely there will be a melt-down and permanent damage.


And I have never had a smell come from a new video card.

#6 OP Guth

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 15:20

Thanks for the help guys, Ill take it easy with the gaming until I get a new PSU

#7 Mark

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 16:34

Thanks for the help guys, Ill take it easy with the gaming until I get a new PSU


Look into getting something with an 80+ efficiency at least and you'll be golden :)

#8 +goretsky

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 21:44

Hello,

Just to check, did your new video card come with any plastic wrapping on it? The last model I purchased (EVGA GTX660 SC) had some transparent plastic cling film over the heat sink to prevent it from being scratched.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 22:28

Hello,

Just to check, did your new video card come with any plastic wrapping on it? The last model I purchased (EVGA GTX660 SC) had some transparent plastic cling film over the heat sink to prevent it from being scratched.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

yeah it did, its an evga GTX650 SSC
However, I did take it all off xD (just double checked just incase haha)

#10 thechronic

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 22:39

I only commented to say isn't it an awful smell!!!! I hated it but because i was broke i put up with it for a week, gaming and using my computer with the window open and taking regular breaks from the smell haha

#11 Andre S.

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 00:39

It's actually really ****ing toxic, so yeah bring that thing outside and try to push all the air of the room outside. You want to breathe as little of that as possible.