Powercolor 4850: Overheating issue while browsing the web

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My power color is running hot on idle, it's currently reading 72c, and all I am doing is browsing the web. I am not sure how it was before but I was viewing the ati overdrive panel and saw the temp and worried. Is this normal? I don't seem to have any problems playing games like (crysis, black ops) it just seems to hot for me.

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Powercolor 4850: Overheating issue while browsing the web

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First off, you have an awesome card there 🙂 I too had a 4850 before when they came out and man, do they really perform at the price I got it for.

Anyway, with regard to your question. 1 thing that came to my first is the room temp and airflow of your case. It's also been documented on several hardware sites that the 4850 does have some cooling issues (the protective plastic really builds up dust and blocks the airflow).

Btw, what is the current fan speed of your card? hope you can check. feel free to reply 🙂

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Powercolor 4850: Overheating issue while browsing the web

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Hey Yves, yeah the card is pretty awesome, I get to play very smoothly, and really have no issues. It's just I happened to notice the temp now and it got me worried. I'll try to read reviews on hardware sites to see, care to share the links?

As for room temp, its pretty cool in here, I am in an air-conditioned room and have it turned on when I am around. My case is well ventilated as well ( I think haha ) its an antec 300 and with pretty ok cable management.

Thanks for your ideas, let me see what I can dig up.

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Powercolor 4850: Overheating issue while browsing the web

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Here you go:

 

Techpowerup Link:

 

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Powercolor/HD_4850/24.html

 

Overclockers club link:

 

http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/powercolor_hd4850/15.htm

 

So its basically normal for your card to reach those temps, since you are using an antec 300, your airflow should be great…especially for the exhaust. it has 3 fans am I right?

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Powercolor 4850: Overheating issue while browsing the web

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Hey Yves, after reading those links it got me thinking that it really is an issue with the card and manufacturer. Though I never had any problems with the card even now, I guess I was just too concerned with the temps.

Yeah the antec 300 pretty much gives me good headroom for airflow.

Thanks for the information regarding my card! really helped a lot!

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