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his 5870 running hot causes

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by ikilby, 5 Oct 2009.

  1. ikilby


    Joined: 12 Nov 2006

    Posts: 52

    Hi my 5870 seems to be running ok.

    However it is running at 56C at idle.

    The reason seems to be that the clocks at idle are at 400Mhz GPU & 1200Mhz Memory.

    Other peoples cards seem to drop much lower - I am running windows 7 drivers that is recommended by ATI.

    So is anyone else having this problem with 64bit windows7 RTM
  2. Ryx


    Joined: 30 Sep 2009

    Posts: 36

    I've exactly the same problem with the same HIS Radeon 5870, although mine seems to be even hotter and the clocks idle at 850/1200. The thread is here http://forums.overclockers.co.uk/showthread.php?t=18061461 I've tried everything suggested to me and none of that has worked. The only common factors I've found with people having the same issue are Win 7 and Asus motherboards but I'm not sure either can be the cause because otherwise loads of people would be where we are. Has it hit the performance of the card? Mine is awful in 3dmark, Windows Experience rating and video playback.
  3. craig3000

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 25 Jan 2009

    Posts: 1,398

    It won't be the drivers or windows 7, the clocks staying at the normal shouldn't be any really affect either

    Maybe the cards are reporting false info, try using a different utility like GPU-Z or PC wizard 2009, it could also be the thermal paste between the GPU and heat sink, so the heat sink may need to be reseated

    If it bothers you RMA it
  4. RavenXXX2


    Joined: 6 Oct 2007

    Posts: 18,351

    Location: North West

    Try disabling all programs running in the background that are not necessary.
  5. ikilby


    Joined: 12 Nov 2006

    Posts: 52

    no to be honest it does not seemed to have hit the performance.

    Windows gpu score was 7.8

    also the fan never seems to change speed, i thought if the card was hot the fan would cut in but i have only ever heard it when set to manual.

    I am inclined to believe that it is crappy drivers for windows 7
  6. IceWind


    Joined: 8 Aug 2008

    Posts: 672

    meh, my windows score with my 2 cards shows as 6 i dont go by that
  7. Jakus


    Joined: 31 Jul 2004

    Posts: 3,733

    Any of the 3D GUI bs in vista or W7 could be throttling up the Card, The cards switching will be app sensitive not load sensitive

    Even some of the monitoring apps can cause switching
  8. antran

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 13 Dec 2007

    Posts: 1,707

    Location: Essex

    does the card drop to 300mhz or 2D when is idling? I remembered my old 4890 drop to 200mhz when its idling. My XFX 5870 average temperature is around 35c when its idling.
  9. Jon20

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 12 Feb 2008

    Posts: 1,025

    Location: Newport, Shropshire

    Are you using more than one monitor? Similar issue was discussed in this thread.