How to cool down my video card

June 7, 2009 at 10:52:57
Specs: Windows XP sp2, AMD Athlon 3000+ 4GB RAM

My video card seems to be running hot. After I turn off my computer, it feels not just warm, but hot... especially when I play WoW (I know: nerd alert!)

I want to cool it down. It does not have a fan on the card itself. It's a GeForce 7300 GT (link for reference: )

How do I do this? I'm thinking of adding more fans to my case, but what about something like this: . I'm guessing I just slot that in underneath the video card. I'm looking at some other fans and I'm not actually sure how they would work to cool the card or be installed, like this: Or this:

Any advice would help. I'm trying to not spend a lot of money. I'm poor!

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June 7, 2009 at 11:48:40

What makes you think it's running hot? Of course it's hot to the touch. Does it malfunction, i.e lockup / distort?

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June 7, 2009 at 12:22:20

Hm, no. My computer has been having problems and I noticed my video card is hot to the touch. I thought some extra fans couldn't hurt.

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June 7, 2009 at 12:35:35

As stated above, of course it's gonna feel warm/hot to the touch. If you're not having any problems or experiencing any artifacts, don't worry about it.

If you wanna invest your money anywhere, invest in a new card. The 7300GT was extremely low end when it was introduced & nVidia has already moved beyond the 9000 series, so it's pretty outdated too.

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June 7, 2009 at 15:12:35

Hmph. Tell me what you really think of my video card! Is it really normal for it to get hot? What about my RAM... that is hot to the touch too. :/

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June 7, 2009 at 15:25:51

It's normal for passive heatsinks to get scary-hot. As grasshopper pointed out, if the card doesn't lock up and/or paint random dots all over the screen, then it's fine. Most nVidia GPUs can handle up to around 100°C.

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June 7, 2009 at 15:33:26

Jam told you about the video card, and the others told you about the heat of the components. What else is there to say?

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