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July 12, 2011, 05:44:29 PM
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I of course am not hashing on the processor but how do I make sure I'm not overheating the cards?  Thanks for any info. 

I am on Windows 7 with 4x6950.  AMD Radeon.  Only 1 is running right now and I am about to build 3 dummy plugs for the other cards.

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July 12, 2011, 05:48:50 PM
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Install MSI Afterburner.

Great tool to monitor and overclock Radeon card.

Works for more than just MSI cards !!

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July 12, 2011, 05:50:06 PM
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You should also be able to use the ATI Catalyst Program. MSI Afterburner is probably better though, but i have yet to try it.

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July 12, 2011, 06:13:51 PM
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HWmonitor is what I use, it works great:

http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html
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July 12, 2011, 08:07:12 PM
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Hardwaremonitor is realy good, extremly easy to understand.

MSI Afterburn is a good tool to overclock and check some more stats.
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July 12, 2011, 08:33:43 PM
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aticonfig --adapter=all --odgt

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July 12, 2011, 10:49:19 PM
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here is a tutorial on overclocking your video card and using Afterburner:
http://bitclockers.com/forums/index.php?topic=5.0
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July 13, 2011, 12:25:17 AM
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HWmonitor is what I use, it works great:

http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html

OK it says the first card I have running is 190 degrees F 90 Celsius.

How hot is too hot??
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July 13, 2011, 01:05:20 AM
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90 c is getting a little hot..
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July 13, 2011, 01:30:25 AM
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OK it says the first card I have running is 190 degrees F 90 Celsius.

How hot is too hot??

Personally I would call anything over 80 degrees C too hot, but 90 isn't in the danger zone just yet.
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July 13, 2011, 01:44:44 AM
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OK it says the first card I have running is 190 degrees F 90 Celsius.

How hot is too hot??

Personally I would call anything over 80 degrees C too hot, but 90 isn't in the danger zone just yet.

Eh, 80-90+ is really pushing it, cards should be able to be contained at around 60-75.

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July 13, 2011, 01:50:06 AM
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Personally I would call anything over 80 degrees C too hot, but 90 isn't in the danger zone just yet.

I should have specified what I meant by danger zone. Don't expect a crippling failure at 90 degrees in the short run, but it's going to shorten it's life expectancy in the long run.
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July 13, 2011, 01:59:16 AM
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Personally I would call anything over 80 degrees C too hot, but 90 isn't in the danger zone just yet.

I should have specified what I meant by danger zone. Don't expect a crippling failure at 90 degrees in the short run, but it's going to shorten it's life expectancy in the long run.
are they getting so hot because they are in this huge gaming case that the store installed everything into?  I see on youtube videos that most people just have the cards out in the open on a table.  or is it for some other reason?  Should I take everything out of the casing?  I started up the other 3 cards and they started immediately going to 100 celsius so I have everything shut down for now.
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July 13, 2011, 02:11:16 AM
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Personally I would call anything over 80 degrees C too hot, but 90 isn't in the danger zone just yet.

I should have specified what I meant by danger zone. Don't expect a crippling failure at 90 degrees in the short run, but it's going to shorten it's life expectancy in the long run.
are they getting so hot because they are in this huge gaming case that the store installed everything into?  I see on youtube videos that most people just have the cards out in the open on a table.  or is it for some other reason?  Should I take everything out of the casing?  I started up the other 3 cards and they started immediately going to 100 celsius so I have everything shut down for now.

Take the side of your case and see if your temps are lower, if so then your case is not pushing enough cool air around and you would be better off with the cards out in the fresh air Wink

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July 13, 2011, 02:34:47 AM
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Personally I would call anything over 80 degrees C too hot, but 90 isn't in the danger zone just yet.

I should have specified what I meant by danger zone. Don't expect a crippling failure at 90 degrees in the short run, but it's going to shorten it's life expectancy in the long run.
are they getting so hot because they are in this huge gaming case that the store installed everything into?  I see on youtube videos that most people just have the cards out in the open on a table.  or is it for some other reason?  Should I take everything out of the casing?  I started up the other 3 cards and they started immediately going to 100 celsius so I have everything shut down for now.

Take the side of your case and see if your temps are lower, if so then your case is not pushing enough cool air around and you would be better off with the cards out in the fresh air Wink

Cables would work wonders as well.

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July 13, 2011, 01:28:35 PM
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I'm sorry, cables?  what do you mean?
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July 13, 2011, 03:45:57 PM
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I'm sorry, cables?  what do you mean?

He means PCI express extender cables, so you can separate the cards physically instead of having them all stacked on top of each other.  Typically you would do this without a case and you would have to MacGuyver something together to hold the cards in the air or something.

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July 13, 2011, 05:03:46 PM
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So help me out here...  basically all I would have to do is take the cards out of the case - plug the extender cables in where the cards were before - plug the cards into the other end of the cable, and separate them on a contraption outside the case somewhere?

Is that right?  Would everything else work like it is right now when I plug it all back in?

Thanks

Since I have to buy 3, can you tell me how much a cable should cost so I don't get ripped off?  (I assume I can leave 1 video card in the case and just separate the other 3) ?
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July 13, 2011, 06:23:48 PM
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I went to 2 computer stores neither one had pci extender cables
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July 14, 2011, 01:53:34 AM
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there is a really nice desktop gadget, I think its call Everest.  It displays cpu and gpu loads and temps.
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