The seller had two of them and crossover setup but was willing to sell separately, so at $40 for the card, I took a chance. My 600 watt bronze rated Corsair power supply should be plenty for the card which suggested a 500 watt supply in online literature. It had dual power connectors which I hooked up.
When running Windows 10 and gaming through Facebook all is well. The card runs at 42C/43C and no problems. But when I start my World of Warships game (not an FB game) things get warmer real fast. Initially, I reconfigured the game from low graphics setting to the medium setting. I had my web browser (chrome) open with a few tabs on it but no games if I remember correctly. I started the World of Warships (WOW) and very quickly got a heat warning, followed by a computer shut down in a couple of minutes.
When in the game if maximized, I can't mouse click outside of it, so I did not see how hot it got. The next time I started the game, I closed my browser so only the game was running, shut down some of the ATI/Radeon gaming streaming software, and lowered the WOW graphics from medium back to low again. I could play the game now. But the temps still started climbing significantly. From the normal 40C-ish area to the high 50's. Right up to 59 or 60C. And it is a pretty quick rise.
I'm not sure what the temperature level is that triggers the warning, but I'm really surprised that this card overheats so easily. The card's fan is working. The case has two fans and I have the access door off so that is open but close to furniture, maybe an inch or so from the edge of a couch.
So am I kind of screwed and tattooed or do I just need to look at adding a couple of more fans to my system? I have space for more fans and the power supply should handle them, I think. Any ideas or advice?
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The last was the first thing I tried and it has made a big difference. I downloaded MSI Afterburner and installed that. It seems as though the GPU's fan doesn't come on, or if it does, it is way too late. Given how noisy it is, I think it just never came on or I would have noticed it.
With the MSI Afterburner controlling the fan speed, things got better much quicker. I stay around 53C or 54C even at the medium graphics setting. So it looks like I will be able to enjoy the game a bit more now.
I may try to bump the graphics up a bit higher. Is there a recommended temperature range for these things or rule of thumb when it comes to temps on GPU's?
Digitaldd, I was not able to monitor the temperature that the card got to when it shut down my system. But I am positive that the GPU's cooling fan never came on. It's a bit noisy and I leave it off if I'm not gaming. My normal temps in the 45C area. When I decide to game, I turn on the software and fan. Then the temp goes up to 57C which seems to be fine.
Unfamiliar with the range I need to be watching for, I thought maybe 60C was the top. Reading up on graphics cards in general, 100C seemed to be the warning area though some go higher. But since with my fan on and MSI Afterburner ramping it up based on temperature, I've not seen even 60C, so all is good for me!
BTW, World of Warships is a lot more fun at High/Very High graphics setting, to be sure!
Good to know it was a freebie offered with my new RX 470, I may have to look into getting it.
If you enjoy ships and explosions and artillery, then it is pretty fun. I am also willing to bet that it was a premium membership for the game that came with your card :P
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waltercarroll - I checked the GPU for dust and it seems fine. It just never turned the fan on until I downloaded MSI Afterburner. Once I did that, it all got better. I have not been running dual monitors though I will test it with them. I do plan to run it connected to a monitor and a flat screen tv in the not too distant future.
digitaldd - I'm seafaring sort of gamer, so WoW works well for me. It is a freebie game but a heck of a download. Well, not too bad in the States or Europe I suppose. In the Philippines where I started to play it, updates would start when I went to sleep and still be downloading 10 hours later. The Philippines really sucked for bandwidth until very recently.
Also, the WoW game can get expensive once you get to the higher tiers of ships and are fighting against other players. I muddle around in middle level ships and fight the computer mostly. That is free.
Sim_8_3 - Wow, that really sucks. For serious gaming, my setup would not cut it. But I'm running on a very tight budget at the moment. My graphic card set me back a whopping $40 total. My older Dell monitors are $20 each. They'll do for now. Yes, I plan to upgrade as well. But other things take priority over my rather finite disposable income.
iamserious, with the MSI Afterburner software working, I'm not getting over 60C with the game on. Before I downloaded it, the GPU cooling fan simply did not come on and it would end up shutting down the PC. Interestingly, the temperature spikes are when I'm sitting in port (during the game). When I get into battle, the GPU temperature actually drops. Not what I expected at all.