I picked up a 5970 today and after dropping it into a rig it runs great! Except for the fact that the second GPU runs about +23C hotter than number one.
Running BAMT, 820/300, getting 379M/hash from both GPUs. GPU 1 is running at 77.5C and GPU 2 is at 101.5C
Obviously I didn't leave it running at those temps
The card is clean and the fan is running properly, even if I run it up to 90% the temps are reported as very high. I'm thinking maybe they did a bad job applying the thermal compound on the second GPU? Are there any major tricks to removing and re-applying the heatsink compound? I have both generic "white paste' and silver based CPU paste to use, which would be better in this application?
Anyone ever had a bad thermal sensor on a GPU? The back of the card measures the same temperature as a properly behaving 5970 with my IR thermometer.
Or, is it just time to return the card and call it a day?
Thanks for any advice,