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What was the worst graphics card for heat?

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by robfosters, Jun 26, 2020.

  1. Kirby Wurm


    Joined: Jan 31, 2012

    Posts: 825

    Location: Wychbold

    It was actually a Zalman cooler (edited!). But yeah, that style of cooler was indeed awful. In my case I didn't bother doing anything to it as the whole system was a freak that needed an overhaul (the card was running in a PCIE 4x slot on an Asrock mobo that supported both DDR2 and 3 with an E6400). Still, I miss the days of easily customising stuff that wasn't so expensive that breaking it would be the end of the world, I learned so much.
  2. Blackjack Davy


    Joined: Aug 16, 2009

    Posts: 3,728

    4870x2 Reference card. At default it was so hot it made the back of the PC case too hot to touch, I kid you not you could burn your hand touching the case. You could ramp up the fan of course via afterburner but then it sounded like a jumbo jet taking off. Ended up putting an aftermarket on it for sanity's sake.
  3. Yadda


    Joined: Nov 19, 2009

    Posts: 3,954

    Location: Baa

    I can relate to that - the early days were great for tinkering. I remember the days when, inspired by the induction system on my mate's ZXR750, I used a cut-up flexible hoover pipe to feed air from outside the case to my overclocked Coppermine P3 (running in a "slotket" in a slot 1 mobo). :D

    That was 20-odd years ago! Where does all the time go?
  4. wedrum


    Joined: Aug 11, 2016

    Posts: 5,158

    Location: Cheshire

    anything AMD
  5. Kirby Wurm


    Joined: Jan 31, 2012

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    Location: Wychbold

    Hahaha, that's the kind of modding that makes PC hardware the hobby it is! CPU's in slots, reminds me I want to build a Windows 98 machine with the remnants of my parents first PC they have lying around, a P2 450MHz system with 128MB RAM. If only I'd bought my friend's Voodoo 2 for £20 when he was selling it 16 years ago!
  6. random_matt

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jul 30, 2012

    Posts: 1,033

    480 SLI was quite toasty.
  7. Rroff

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Oct 13, 2006

    Posts: 69,047

    Weird thing is when I ran my 470 SLI at 900MHz (versus stock 607MHz) which most would do via the 1.1 volt mod which made them faster than a stock 480 SLI they didn't run as warm as people with 480s at the same performance level.
  8. m4rmite


    Joined: Oct 26, 2007

    Posts: 334

    2 x gtx295s
    Hotter than fire but great in the winter.
    Even under water the heat in the room was tropical but loved every minute of it.
    Until my water pump died:eek::mad:
  9. Vir

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 21, 2002

    Posts: 1,860

    Location: Netherlands

    Hahah I remember my SLI GTX 480, didn't need heating on in the small room I was in in the winter :D
  10. SonicSW20


    Joined: Apr 1, 2019

    Posts: 833

    GTX480 was a toasty boy back in the day.
  11. opethdisciple


    Joined: May 18, 2010

    Posts: 20,026

    Location: London

    I had GTX 670's in SLI for a bit and omg where they hot. The side of the case was scorching hot to the touch.
  12. Dave Burton


    Joined: May 8, 2018

    Posts: 406

    I had some Voodoo 3D card, waaaaay back in the day, that got so hot that when I touched the passive heatsink i could hear the TSSSSSS of my fingertip burning!!!!!
  13. Arcane


    Joined: Aug 19, 2005

    Posts: 3,600

    Location: Ealing, London

    GTX470's in SLI, used to keep my legs warm in the winter.
  14. marti996


    Joined: Nov 19, 2014

    Posts: 105

    Location: Southampton

    God that made me chuckle

    Here's to the 470's in sli
  15. Aretak

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    Joined: May 26, 2014

    Posts: 1,941

    I had a reference 4870 and that thing idled in the low 70s. It still lasted four years though. I remember Bioshock Infinite being one of the last games I played through on it before it died, having purchased it in early 2009. Just checked and it was from here actually. Still have the email.

  16. Confused Stu


    Joined: Dec 27, 2009

    Posts: 2,656

    Location: Gillingham, Kent

    Fortunately, I managed to get through using an HD2900 Pro, and crossfired HD4870's before I found out about temperature monitoring my hardware. :D

    I'd found out about it by the time I was running two reference R9 290s though. They were designed to run at 94C, which they did at about 40% fans, but I just couldn't get my head around keeping them at that temperature. I ended up putting Arctic Cooling Accelero Hybrid (120 AIO with a big heatsink) coolers on them, but the case wasn't big enough for both so cooling was still less than ideal - about 70-75C on each. They were the best cards I've ever had at heating up the room!

    Maybe I shouldn't have run them overclocked? Nah, where would the fun have been in that?!?
  17. TNA


    Joined: Mar 13, 2008

    Posts: 15,016

    Location: London

    I see why, it was an XFX. Worst of them all imo. Cheap coolers with rubbish after sales care. Not sure if they are still around or gone bankrupt due to running their business like that.
  18. Jay85


    Joined: May 22, 2010

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    Location: Up S*** Creek

  19. Gerard


    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 32,536

    Location: Ireland


    The 4870x2 was so bad that it reportedly ended up cooking it's own gpu's with the heat it produced. All the heat from the first gpu near the fan got pushed onto the second before being dumped out the back. I had one for about a day before returning it. The heat-sink looking like a misshapen dong certainly didn't help the aesthetics of it either. Was a good card for performance, just hot and loud.
  20. jimferno

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    Joined: Jan 19, 2009

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    Another vote for the 4870x2, it was like having a nuclear reactor in my case and would regularly hit, and sit at, 100°c+ whilst gaming.