9800 GX2 heating issues: update
This is a follow-up on my previous article
I commented the card was really hot, around 85C on idle and over 100 on load, so decided to open it up and see what was wrong.
Here’s the culprit:
Bunch of dust blocking the air intake and some horrible paste was the cause. After I cleaned it up nicely and re-applied paste, idle went down to ~65-70C, and the fan now automatically goes down to ~45% (1415 RPM). Up to 60% it’s mostly silent. It took me a few hours to take it all appart and re-assemble the card, this is no joke; counted about ~50 screws.