Hot video card

Hewlett-packard / A6407c
October 21, 2009 at 11:30:38
Specs: Windows Vista, 4400+Brisbane/3gb
I just recently purchased a new Sparkle 9400gt 1gb videocard and I love it over the onboard graphics 6150se, but it get's VERY hot at idle and load.

like 59c after 5to10 minutes with nothing running on desktop and as hot as 73c when playing eve for 10 minutes, so I think it might even get hotter.

I knew I was taking a risk by getting a passive video card, but I didn't think it would get this hot so quick.

could it be software? I'm using forceware 182.08 atm that came with the card? I'm downloading the current drivers and hope that helps with the temperatures.

I'm thinking I should buy a PCI fan cooler :D and 120mm fan, but I don't think my PSU can handle the load...I didn't even think my PSU can handle this card, but it is 300watt 19amps

ok so I wanna get this PCI fan

the way my case is set up is....

the video card passive heatsink is facing up towards the PSU (top mounted) and I guess the 120mm vent is at the bottom of the case where the cpu is, so I don't think a 120mm vent fan will help the gpu as much, but will help the cpu? (doesn't need it though)I'm just worried the PCI fan won't help any if it's blowing air directly on videocard.

I would like to see the temps drop in the 60's at full load..

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October 21, 2009 at 11:34:11
Minimum psu 350w

System Requirements Intel Pentium 4 Prescott class
processor or higher (LGA775 processor package) or AMD
Sempron/Athlon • A PCI Express compliant motherboard with a
x16 lane bus compliant slot • 512MB System RAM (1GB
recommended) • Minimum 350W or greater system power
supply • 100MB of available hard disk space for full installation •
CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive • VGA or DVI-I compatible monitor

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EU members are worse.

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October 21, 2009 at 13:08:26
ehh? minimum is 300w O.o I've read that some guys have ran
this video card on a 220w dell PSU.

only time my PSU fan runs fast is on startup, after that it's

I'm sure I can run two fans on this system. I just don't want to
invest $30 dollars if it's not needed.

gaming for 1hour lmao already up to 76 Celsius


if this video card frys atleast I got a lifetime limited warranty

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October 21, 2009 at 15:06:55
Why would you select a card that's passively cooled & then want to install a cooling fan? There's nothing wrong with the temps, they're well within what's considered normal. Your card choice sucks, but the temps are fine.

"When looking at NVIDIA's new GeForce 9400 GT for the first time it looks pretty good. G96 core, 512 MB or 1 GB of memory, passively cooled, no external power connector required. Unfortunately the whole card turned out to be too slow to be used for anything other than most basic gaming. Given the price there are many alternatives available for just a few dollars more which will give you double (9500 GT +$10) or triple (9600 GT +$20) the gaming performance."

"With gaming performance of about half that of the GeForce 9500 GT, the GeForce 9400 GT struggles with modern graphically intensive games."

Enjoy your new "gaming card"

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