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#1 Sharpstick68



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Posted 20 September 2013 - 00:43

I have a Radeon HD 6870, and My video card temp when idle sits around 50 to 60 C, and that's with dual monitors and there's no load on the card or anything. Now when I'm only using a single monitor, the temp sits at around 45 C and no load on the card. Why is it that the temp goes up when using dual monitors, are these temps normal and at what temp should I worry about when gaming. Also just recently I noticed a buzzing sound coming from the inside of my case, I thought it was my rear fan but it turned out to be my video card fan. I called XFX and they said it sounds like the ball bearing on the card might be going, so I submit a RMA to them to see if they can replace it or send me a new one. I bought the card in July of 2011. I also tonight took the card out and cleaned all the dust out of it and everything, but it's still making that noise. Any suggestions on what to do if it's out of warranty? like should I just replace the fan/heatsink on the card, or just buy a new one all together? Thanks for all the input. 


PS : I also included a video of the problem on what the buzzing noise sounds like when I raise the Fan Percentage.



#2 Mindovermaster


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Posted 20 September 2013 - 01:25

50C on a GPU is acceptable. While gaming, yout should be aroun 70-80C. It runs hotter on dual cores, because it has more to do.


Fans do typically get louder when turned up, you do know that, right? When you are getting higher CPU temps, too, the fan goes faster.

#3 OP Sharpstick68



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Posted 20 September 2013 - 05:19

Yea I understand that, but did you watch the video and hear for the sounds I was talking about when I raised the fan percentage to 80 and 100% it gets really crazy like a buzzing sound. And when I use MSI Afterburner the program controls my fan speeds better than the catalyst program and it doesn't do the buzzing as much....

#4 capr


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Posted 20 September 2013 - 05:34

that's not normal.... I just watched your video. are you sure everything is tight in there? More vibrations seem to introduce the sound.


you mention something about how using a different application to control fan speeds doesn't make them give of that sound? that's carious.... That other application may not be pushing the fan as hard. 


temp different for single and dual monitors seems a bit high but some difference is expected. another chip is doing stuff for the second (dvi?) plug that you are using and that's going to give off some heat.


Is the fan easily replaceable? for now, are you able to keep it cool enough that it doesn't need to go past 60%? 

#5 OP Sharpstick68



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Posted 20 September 2013 - 06:20

yea everythings tight as possible.


the program I talked about was MSI Afterburner, it seems to control the fan speed based on what the temp of the gpu is, it adjusts you know what I mean? 


1st monitor is using hdmi, 2nd monitor is using dvi


I dunno if the fan is easily replaceable thats why I was asking what my best options are

#6 papercut2008uk



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Posted 20 September 2013 - 06:29

to me, that sounds like something, paper, a sticker, the label on the card, or something that has been sucked into the card vents or around the fan, like a sticker off the motherboard or somewhere is flapping about inside, vibrating rather than the fan is bad.


power off the system, remove the card, check nothing has come off like the sticker that is usually applied over the heatsink, 


shine a torch into the fan part of the card and look through the vents to see if anything has been sucked into the card and is trapped.


your card will probably never get over 50% of the fan speed unless you manually increase it.

#7 Decebalvs Rex

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 06:55

I had the same problem with my Gigabyte GTX 570 triple cooler. When it was heating up @ 65 Celsius my coolers war buzzing/vibrating/rattling in the case. I moved the case off the carpet and tightened and tweaked a few things in. Now its gone but your gpu coolers might be tired.

RMA it buddy.




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Posted 20 September 2013 - 07:18

I have a cheap suggestion. You could go to your local Computer store and buy a canister of compressed air. Take the card out and place it on an non-static surface or an anti-static mat. Hold the GFX card at an angle and blow air across the heat sink of the GFX card including the fan. See if this makes any difference. Bear in mind that a canister of compressed air under high pressure very cold, make sure to wear gloves and safety glasses a a safety precaution. Compressed sir canisters can get very cold when used.