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I think my gpu is fried :/

Discussion in 'Alienware M15x' started by vancealmighty, Sep 11, 2010.

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  1. vancealmighty

    vancealmighty Newbie

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    so, i bought an alienware m15x from a guy on craigslist, and it's been running fine, with no problems. it has the following gpu/cpu:

    intel core i7 720
    nvidia geforce 260 gtx

    keep in mind, i have the latest bios (a08), and the lastest dell driver for the 260.

    well, i was playing borderlands today, and the game apparently crashed. the screen went black, and i couldn't see anything. i immediately started researching the problem, and i isolated the problem as most likely being an overheating issue with the gpu. i looked on here, and i decided to just put some thermal paste on it, as that's the usual fix it seems for something like this.

    the PROBLEM i'm now having though, and the reason i'm posting this, is because i downloaded furmark, to see how hot the gpu was really getting. when i played borderlands again earlier with hwmonitor, it peaked at 95 celcius, which is incredibly high. well, during furmark's benchmark test, it got up to 97 degrees before the screen went completely black again, and i had to hard restart.

    my question is this: is it too late for my poor graphics card? will applying thermal paste even help at this point?
     
  2. Datus

    Datus Notebook Consultant

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    bit confused which is probably me but are you saying its working now but your concerned you have damaged it?

    if so from what ive read your gpu probably reached 100C and it shuts off automatically in which case you havent damaged it.

    I would check some of the thermal pasting guides to double make sure your doing it the best you can or try disabling some settings in your game or check you got good air flow etc.
     
  3. inap

    inap .........................

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    yes redo your paste, if your laptop can still boot and everything else looks fine, then your gpu should still be good.
     
  4. cubankid17

    cubankid17 Notebook Consultant

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    i would recomend looking at inaps thermal paste replacement guide..and from what ive heard mx-3 does damn good...your gpu is fine..also you may want to look in your throttling problem maybe that could raise your temps...try throttle stop
     
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    Try cleaning the vents. They might be clogged
     
  6. faiz23

    faiz23 Macbook FTW

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    you say your gpu got about to like 95 degree but was that the GPU CORE or the RAM temps on the GPU. The core should not be going that high and it should shut down at 100 degree but the ram temps should be fine so try to find out what it is that is showing those themps. Also re do the paste and remember less is better so go easy on the paste.
     
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    I wish my old 260GTX got to 90+ C, then I would have assumed it was at least working.
     
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    why? what happen cohen?
     
  9. cdcohen

    cdcohen Notebook Consultant

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    I went through 3-260GTX's (under warranty of course) and they all basically idled, at 46C, no matter what I did or tried they all just didn't respond. I had the mobo replaced still nothing, used rivatuner, throttlestop... nothing, pretty much a lost cause.

    I eventually turned over and got a 5850 and I'm much happier... seems to be a much more efficient card from my gaming experience... I barely overclock it too for majority of my games.
     
  10. pokelucky

    pokelucky Newbie

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    If your GPU was idea around 40-50 degree C and rapidly rase up to 70-80 in load, I would suggest that you try to apply a new thermal paste. Instead using a thin layer like CPU, apply a thicker layer and let it squize out cause i did experienced that the GPU heatsink is not level probalbly, with a thin layer you accidently introduce an air gap therefore significantly reduce the cooling power under-load. try my suggestion and see if it work.:D
     
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