View Full Version : Serious issue with 9800 gt

07-26-2010, 11:17 AM
So i started playing Alien Swarm when it came out, and i was having a good time. I noticed however, that my 9800 gt seemed to be overheating (about 90 C or so), a problem i had never had with any other game. Eventually, my computer started crashing halfway through games of alien swarm, a problem that in retrospect surely had a connection to my graphics card overheating. Finally, two days ago while playing alien swarm, my computer shut down. Upon restart, i discovered that my graphics card was totally burnt out, and can't be used again.

I've been reading online and apparently other owners with SPECIFICALLY the Nvidia 9800 gt have the same problem as me. This is probably some kind of issue with optimization, easily fixed with a patch or something.

Anyway, i just wanted to warn everybody, and don't want anybody else to lose a 180 dollar investment like i did by just playing a free game.

Heres some other people ive seen reporting it online


07-26-2010, 11:21 AM
I have a 9800 gt and have had no problems as of yet, but ill double check the temperature on it. Thanks for the heads up.

07-26-2010, 11:24 AM
I have a 9800 gt and have had no problems as of yet, but ill double check the temperature on it. Thanks for the heads up.

I think if you have really good cooling, it shouldn't be an issue. My top fan on my antec 900 case isn't working, which shouldn't be too big of an issue normally. I had run TF2 on all high settings (with the dead fan) without any problem for months. When i started playing Alien swarm tho, my GPU would routinely overheat and is now bricked.

07-26-2010, 11:25 AM
I have a 9800 GT and have yet to have any issues. I might add I am also making cpu hogging test maps and have a campaign in works so I have been playing it a lot and over long periods of time. Had the game crash a few times but no overheating.

07-26-2010, 11:26 AM
My friend has 9800 gt, no issues. Ofc, he's smart and runs a box fan when his card threatens to overheat.

Sounds like a personal problem.

07-26-2010, 11:27 AM
I have a 9800 GT as well and while I haven't had any problems I am gonna watch the temperature now, thanks.

Le Spy.
07-26-2010, 11:31 AM
Mine's reaching high temps, but I stick the fan to 100%. And if it's too high, I use a small fan and stick it next to the case.

07-26-2010, 11:32 AM
you sure your 9800GT's fan isn't on manual?

Mine's on automatic and never budges in temp.

07-26-2010, 11:32 AM
Well good on you guys who dont have any problems, but i just want to warn of the issue and possibly notify valve about this if they see this. I haven't had overheat issues with any other games i've ever played on my machine (and i always play on max settings) so im pretty sure its an issue with AS

07-26-2010, 11:36 AM
Also, i ran alien swarm again with the 8800 i cannibalized out of my secondary computer, and i had the same issue with the overheat crash. Needless to say, i've avoided Alien Swarm like a plague, because i don't want 2 bricked GPUs. In case you think its a ventilation issue, i've been playing TF2 and mirrors edge at max settings with the graphics card running at a cool(ish) 60 C

07-26-2010, 11:49 AM
My girlfriend uses my old 9800GT Green Edition, so its factory underclocked slightly and she hasn't had any problems in about 10 hours of play.

07-26-2010, 12:02 PM
I have 2(two) 9800m gt cards in sli....
and I have had no probelms with overheating...
and the thing is, my gaming computer is actually a laptop. Which should make things hotter.
check your fans/vents/heatsinks, they are probably clogged with dust.

07-26-2010, 12:25 PM
9800gt here. no issues in over 30hours of swarm, other than having to run medium shaders for syntek residential stutter

have found nvidia's drivers to be complete guff on occasion though, the most recent ones have been rumoured to run hot (again)

07-26-2010, 01:00 PM
I got an XFX 9800GT. Run everything on high, syntek does get around 20fps at times but I barely notice through the intense combat :D. Open your case and check the fans, see if they have gathered up a bit of dust, if so carefully wipe it off.

07-26-2010, 01:17 PM
Drop the Multi Core Rendering.

I also dropped AA and Vsync down and it sorted it out for me(8800GTS).

Turning multi core rendering will also stop the game from putting your CPU under 100% load.