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#1 8 years ago

While playing BC2 after about an hour the game will freeze and go to a white screen. Also while player another game called Nation Red the game would freeze then exit out. At the bottom corner it would say "Display driver stopped responding but was resolved". I assume this is an over heating problem. GPU-Z says, after playing BC2 and white screen, my GPU temps went all the way up to 92*C!

I'm not sure I can squeeze in a fan so am I stuck going to water cooling? Or is there other ways? I currently only have stock fans on CPU, GPU and PSU.

Thanks Specs below




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#2 8 years ago

[COLOR="Black"]As a short-term measure you can just open the case, sometimes the additional airflow solves overheating problems. You could also try to buy an aftermarket gpu cooler, you just have to make sure that it fits into your case. Simply reseating your stock fan with new thermal paste may already do the trick.

I also have a 4870 and it doesn't overheat when playing BC2. I may have a different version though.[/COLOR]




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#3 8 years ago

I forgot about trying thermal paste. I'll give that a go. If it doesn't do much I may give the vantec spectrum fan card a try, it looks interesting. A nice simple, cheap solution. Do you know anything about those?




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#4 8 years ago

For a lot of cards, 92c is a fine load temp, some cards even go up to 100c. Despite this, lowering the temps by upping the GPU fan speed, or using some other means may be a good troubleshooting measure.




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#5 8 years ago
||G||;5377593I forgot about trying thermal paste. I'll give that a go. If it doesn't do much I may give the vantec spectrum fan card a try, it looks interesting. A nice simple, cheap solution. Do you know anything about those?

[COLOR=Black]I don't know that company. When it comes to fans I often buy stuff from Scythe. I think their GPU fan is called Musashi, I don't know if it fits on a 4870 though or how many slots the fan occupies.

If you're already going to deinstall the stock fan better get a new one - they are not very expensive and usually more efficient and quiet. Also, since your 4870 is probably a year old or so there is a chance that the fan bearings may wear out soon. So unless you're going to replace that card soon anway you might just as well stick a new fan on it and maybe overclock the card a little (in that case buy decent thermal paste too).[/COLOR]




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#6 8 years ago

Did you try setting the speed on the stock fan higher in the Overdrive settings? A lot of the 4870s came with ridiculously low fan speed settings from the factory. Set it to maybe 40-45% and you should be good and still have decent noise levels.




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#7 8 years ago

Try using MSI afterburner and set a custom fan profile to ramp up fan speeds while gaming. Should work like a charm.




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#8 8 years ago

I'm guessing you can't find a custom fan for my video card at a local Furtureshop so I'd have to buy it online, right? Is there anything you would suggest to get? I don't know exactly what I should be looking for. My version is the PowerColor HD 4870, if that's what you need.




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#9 8 years ago

||G||;5377552While playing BC2 after about an hour the game will freeze and go to a white screen. Also while player another game called Nation Red the game would freeze then exit out. At the bottom corner it would say "Display driver stopped responding but was resolved". I assume this is an over heating problem. GPU-Z says, after playing BC2 and white screen, my GPU temps went all the way up to 92*C!

I'm not sure I can squeeze in a fan so am I stuck going to water cooling? Or is there other ways? I currently only have stock fans on CPU, GPU and PSU.

Thanks Specs below

I also own a 4870, and I have to wonder if your issue is actually heat-related.

There are some known issues with some 4870s, including mine, where the card stops responding for some reason. Just throwing "4870 crash" into a search engine will reveal masses of cases where this happens, along with a fix that I haven't tried. Relevant query.

I'd love to know why 4870s do this, so that I can apply a proper fix to my graphics card. I can't find an updated BIOS for it (XFX 1GB 4870), and I'm not sure that I like the suggestions I've seen. I'm not entirely sure I want to flash the BIOS to begin with, but the card's enough of a brick either way.

Worth looking into anyway, or it could just be the heat...




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#10 8 years ago
*The.Doctor;5377651Did you try setting the speed on the stock fan higher in the Overdrive settings? A lot of the 4870s came with ridiculously low fan speed settings from the factory. Set it to maybe 40-45% and you should be good and still have decent noise levels.

I have mine at 55%, but I have head-phones, so I don't really notice.


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