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DarkKrucifix7

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#1 9 years ago

As some of you may remember, I mentioned that my 4870 doesn't run that cool...

After that heatwave that came through my area, I think the 4870 may have been damaged.

I notice white dots (artifacts) appear is massive numbers in both games and just on the desktop (doesn't seem to degrade performance though).

I have the fan cranked to 70%...and they're still there despite running ~55C idle.

Should I look into a new one?




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#2 9 years ago

Abso-total-lutely. Not much you can do about that unless you want to get watercooling, which will most likely be more expensive then getting a new card.


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#3 9 years ago

Disregard what computernerd said please.

While your card MAY be damaged, you might want to remove the stock cooler and reseat the heatsink to make sure that its seated properly. You can also try to install a different driver version and rule that out. Then if neither of those two work you can call up the card maker and request an RMA. If you get a new card I would suggest you go for some aftermarket cooling. On my 4850 I went from 50's idle down to 28idle/40load with my hr-03. Hell with my zerotherm gx810 I went down to 40 idle/55 load.




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#4 9 years ago

Instead of repositioning the heatsink you might just consider getting an aftermarket cooler like kow said. Also, if that doesn't work out, you could try putting in extra case fans, if you have room, that helped one of my ATi cards when I got artifacting.


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#5 9 years ago

Dont get an aftermarket sink right away. If you're having artifacts you DONT want to void your warranty right before you have the option of sending it back. Void the warranty with a NEW card :D




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#6 9 years ago

I highly doubt there is any warranty left on it...since it's a launch 4870...

Re-seating: I don't want to try it since I have no Thermal Compound to put on it if it were to come off...

Driver versions: Vista side is using 9.4s, Win7 is using 9.5s from Guru3D both do the same, except i think it's slightly worse in Vista




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#7 9 years ago

Try older drivers in each one and see if it goes away. Also, go pick up a tube of cremaque from radio shack for $5. If it ends up being a bad seat it'll save you $150 or so. And 4870 launch was what, less than a year ago? It will still be under warranty, for sure.




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#8 9 years ago

...I probably voided it anyway.............




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#9 9 years ago

...You should probably check anyway...

There isn't much you can do to void a GPU warranty as long as you don't modify it. Most companies are perfectly ok with Overclocking nowadays.




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#10 9 years ago

Really? Cool so I guess my x1300 is still under warranty (like it makes a difference :))


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