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Old 12-07-2011, 09:29 AM   #1
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Grapic card Overheating in Skyrim

When I start playing skyrim my fan gets louder which means the graphic card is getting hotter.
I try different games to see if there is something wrong with the fan like Cod MW 3, Crysis 2, Dead Island and no problems.
So which leads me to something is wrong with skyrim

other info:
i have the latest driver for my graphic card

other weird things:
when i shift tab, in pause menu, or minimize it cools down

so i come here hoping someone here will help

my specs
Dell
studio XPS 8100
Win 7 64 bit
ATI Radeon HD 5700
i7 CPU
2.80 GHz
8 GB ram

96 C Tempture when playing skyrim
over 4300 RPM

75 C tempture when playing CoD MW 3



Status: Fixed
Solution: Air Dust you computer

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Old 12-07-2011, 09:35 AM   #2
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I seriously doubt that skyrim is the only game that causes problems. Do you have a second monitor/screen so can watch the temps/fan speed while you play? MSI and EVGA both have utilities that watch that stuff. GPU-Z also does, IIRC.
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Old 12-07-2011, 09:36 AM   #3
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my specs
Dell
Problem right there.

I had a Dell XPS 710 system when a previous computer died. This was back in my WoW days, and I was like, "ohemg!11 i gots 2 rade!11" so I had some money and bought a Dell.

It it the most spastic god damned system I ever had. It ran stupidly hot, the fan wouldn't kick in sometimes, and the worse is that it was a PAINGerishgdriogh to disassemble the damned thing an blow it out.

But if you haven't already, spend your whole evening taking the panel off and blowing out your system with some compressed air.

I know you said it's okay with some games, but I had this problem recently with Call of Pripyat on my older computer when it started to artifact within that game (clear sign of overheating). Some games are intensive on your GPU (even if it's not utilizing it properly like Skyrim).

Still, start there. Blow it out real good. But it's worth it to actually check your temps (use Rivertuner or Speedfan). I don't know what the Radeon cards run at, but anything over 90 gets kind of scary.
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Old 12-07-2011, 09:39 AM   #4
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1. Disable everything third-party related. Especially post proccessing injectors (also called FXAA PP, FXAA injector or anything similar).
2. Lower your graphical settings.

Other than that, you're wrong. There's nothing wrong with Skyrim. The fans are designed to reach higher RPMs the higher the temperature of your graphic card gets. That it does this in Skyrim merely means that Skyrim is more heavy on your card than other games are. So, nothing wrong with Skyrim.
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Old 12-07-2011, 09:41 AM   #5
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okay heres the temp when playing
heat temp 96
RPM 4300
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Old 12-07-2011, 09:42 AM   #6
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HWmonitor Use this to test what temps you are reaching in skyrim vs other games. See if the temps correlate with the increased fan noise.

edit: WOW, too hot. What temps do other games reach?
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Old 12-07-2011, 09:45 AM   #7
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75 c on COD MW 3
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Old 12-07-2011, 09:52 AM   #8
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Exclamation Laptop computer?

Remember not to use your laptop on the bed, carpet, or anything else that would inhibit air flow to the cooling vents on the bottom of yor laptop computer. I also use stick-on feet (available at any hardware store) on the bottom of me gaming laptop to allow greater airflow underneath the machine. This lowers internal temps quite a bit more.
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Old 12-07-2011, 09:53 AM   #9
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its not a laptop
its a desktop
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Old 12-07-2011, 09:54 AM   #10
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You didn't disable V-Sync, did you?

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But if you haven't already, spend your whole evening taking the panel off and blowing out your system with some compressed air.
Just make sure to not spin up fans, or it can burn out their motors. So hold'em in place if you're blowing them.
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Old 12-07-2011, 09:55 AM   #11
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i always have v-sync enable

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Old 12-07-2011, 10:05 AM   #12
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okay just try the game with the 1.3 patch still doesnt fix it
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Old 12-07-2011, 10:13 AM   #13
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If your fan is getting louder when playing, why are you complaining?

The reason the fans spin louder is for better cooling, 9 times out of 10 you want that to happen so your GPU doesn't melt.

If your temps are really hitting 96C you need to either increase your fan speed more or buy a new card, that is just too hot. 80C is the highest I've gotten before I got CTDs from overheating (6990+6970 trifire setup).

I'm quite curious to see what temps you get from Crysis 2, MW3 is not that stressing on cards.
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Old 12-07-2011, 10:16 AM   #14
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So what happens to the temperature if you drop the settings to low?
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Old 12-07-2011, 10:17 AM   #15
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My 9600 GSO that came in my HP routinely got up to 120C. Needless to say, it didn't last too long.

Compressed air is ok, but a shopvac is god-tier for cleaning out dust.
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