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Temperature too high at idle

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mpelley92

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I have an MSI GTX 980 Ti Gaming 6GB and because of stuttering, throttling and temperature issues, I decided to modify the BIOS using "Maxwell BIOS Tweaker". It was successful, I upped my power limit to 134% and upped my voltage to 1.23 V. I realize with higher voltages, comes higher temperatures, but my idle temps I believe are a little too high.

Ambient: 21 C
Card at idle: Core 1265 MHz, Memory 1984 MHz, 57 C, 1.112 V

This was an issue even before the flash. I was able to modify the fan profile and make it so at idle, my fan speed is around 43%. This problem confuses me, because I thought these "Twin Frozr" coolers were supposed to be efficient. Right now, my card throttles at 88 C, which is nicer than throttling due to power.

I'm thinking that I may have an issue with thermal paste being bad, so I'm going to try and apply some new stuff tomorrow.

As for the temperature issue, is there any way to use Maxwell BIOS Tweaker to down clock the core and memory at idle? I run dual 144 Hz monitors, so that may also be causing the issue of the card not properly idling. I have used Nvidia Inspector in the past force a down clock, but I had so many issues with it that I had to give it up. It would randomly down clock during gaming, which obviously isn't desirable.

I'm not all that familiar with Maxwell BIOS Tweaker. There are some guides I have found from Google, but none of them really explain what I need to change in order to achieve my goal.

I basically want to be able to down clock the card to 300 MHz at idle, and lower the memory at a respective amount, as well as the voltage, so the card isn't consuming a lot of power and can actually run at a lower temperature.

Thanks in advanced to anyone who is able to help.
 

DeclaredSnow

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21 C as idle temps? that's good, what is the idle fan speed? it wont be cooler then the room temp anyway.

I believe my card is at 27C on idle / OS browsing etc. with the fans off. on full load, overclocked at 2139/4500 ish the temps font go higher then 66C, but this is with an 1060, they are a lot cooler then the highter tier cards so really not to be compared.

but 21C on idle. your house must be cold af :p anything under 30C at idle is in my opinion good.
 
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mpelley92

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21 C as idle temps? that's good, what is the idle fan speed? it wont be cooler then the room temp anyway.

I believe my card is at 27C on idle / OS browsing etc. with the fans off. on full load, overclocked at 2139/4500 ish the temps font go higher then 66C, but this is with an 1060, they are a lot cooler then the highter tier cards so really not to be compared.

but 21C on idle. your house must be cold af :p anything under 30C at idle is in my opinion good.

21 Degrees Celsius is the ambient temperature of my household, which basically means air temperature. The only reason I added that bit of data was because internal component temperatures can change even with a few degrees of temperature difference. My card stock, with stock bios, stock drivers, no overclocking application, idles at around 54-56 degrees Celsius. I've fixed it since writing this post.

The program I was using before is a part of NVIDIA Inspector. It's called "Multi Display Power Saver". I was using this program before, but did not understand how to properly use it. I never added programs to the list, instead I chose to "Activate Full 3D by GPU Usage - Threshold". This caused the card to change power states very frequently, which was not the desired effect.

I simply added each of my Full 3D applications, which were mostly all video games.

When no games are running, it reverts to the P8 state which is 135.0 MHz core, and 202.5 MHz Memory. Idling at 32 Celsius, which is what I wanted it to do in the first place. It's a shame NVidia won't fix this problem in their drivers. Everything runs wonderfully (1080P and 4K movies, Google Chrome) at 135/202, there is absolutely no reason they cannot make this the default behavior.

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