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    4870 randomly throwing overheat protection.

    just recently my card's been randomly throwing itself into overheat mode.

    i could be doing anything:

    playing a game
    browsing the net
    watching a movie
    idling with music
    doing absolutely nothing.

    this can happen with the fan config of:

    GPU-Z records temps at:
    gpu idle: 50-80 (depending on fan)
    gpu load: 60-80 (depending on fan)

    vrm idle: ~70c (average of all sensors)
    vrm load: ~105c (average)

    this happens with the software configs of:
    less than one year old windows
    fresh install of windows


    anyone else have any ideas of what i should try or is my card just dying?

    i can't reproduce it at all and it seems to happen at the most inopportune
    moments.. like, for example, forgetting to save my photoshopping after
    an hour.
    low yield toner cartridge.

    Check for dust clogged in your videocard's ventilator, on the CPU cooler and any fan in your PC's case.
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      Besides that, maybe the card's HSF is a bit loose. If so maybe you can tighten it a little with a screwdriver.

      Windows XP 32 pro + Windows Vista 32 Ultimate, CCC + ATi Tray Tools
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        unfortunately, i wish it were that simple.
        i try to keep my case relatively clean so not much can build up in it.

        i've checked that as well but everything seems fine with it - not loose at all.

        unfortunately, there is almost zero chance for me to reproduce it at will so
        getting the card rma'd is out of the question -- unless it just declines so far
        enough that it just dies.

        thanks for the replies guys. gonna keep trying stuff with it.
        low yield toner cartridge.


          i started logging with gpuz to see if something was up. after a couple of days
          it finally threw the code again.

          2009-01-01 20:39:31 ,              815.0   ,               46.0   ,          0   ,           26.4   ,                         62.0   ,
          2009-01-01 20:39:32 ,              500.0   ,               46.0   ,          0   ,           25.7   ,                         62.0   ,
          2009-01-01 20:39:33 ,              815.0   ,               46.0   ,          0   ,           26.4   ,                         62.0   ,
          2009-01-01 20:39:34 ,              815.0   ,               46.0   ,          0   ,           26.4   ,                         62.0   ,
          2009-01-01 20:39:48 ,              815.0   ,               46.0   ,         22   ,           26.4   ,                         62.0   ,
          2009-01-01 20:39:48 ,              200.0   ,               -1.0   ,        200   ,            0.0   ,                          0.0   ,
          2009-01-01 20:39:49 ,              200.0   ,               -1.0   ,        200   ,            0.0   ,                          0.0   ,
          2009-01-01 20:39:50 ,              200.0   ,               -1.0   ,        200   ,            0.0   ,                          0.0   ,
          2009-01-01 20:39:51 ,              200.0   ,               -1.0   ,        200   ,            0.0   ,                          0.0   ,
          core speed, gpu usage, fanspeed, vddc current and vrm2 (highest of all 3
          vrm sensors for me).

          i was watching a movie at the time of the crash.

          i'm going to wait for 09.1s to come out and see if that does anything (i only
          started noticing this happening with 08.12s - but i'm finding it hard to believe
          that drivers are causing the cards overheat sensor to engage). otherwise,
          i might have to try and rma the card and hope i don't get a non-reference
          4870 from asus (their d5 version).

          low yield toner cartridge.


            For some reason it seems my temps have gone up about 5c with the 8.12s. I don't have any crashes, but I have to increase my fan speed by 20% to get close to the same temps I got with the 8.11s. Even then they never get down to the previous cats temps. Fluke? Not sure, but was wondering for a while myself. May try and revert back and take a glimpse.


              yeah, i'm gonna be reverting back to the 08.11s because my one year in-store
              warranty ends early february.

              hopefully it really is just a driver thing for either of us because i really don't
              want to end up rma'ing the card and waiting 2-3 weeks for a replacement.

              2-3 weeks without a computer.

              how will i fap.. ?
              low yield toner cartridge.


                quick update for anyone who cares;

                08.11 drivers seem to be fine.
                since the only time i've ever seen the overheat protection come up
                consistantly is when i'm watching i movie (without fail, although sometimes it
                will come up in 30 minutes, sometimes a couple hours, but it will fail), i was
                able to leave it running on movies/tv_eps since saturday night and it has not
                failed yet.

                i guess i wasn't going crazy when i was thinking it had to be the drivers but,
                at the same time, i couldn't understand how the drivers could throw a
                hardware protection switch off.
                low yield toner cartridge.