EVGA GTX 1080 Ti SC Black Overheating?

Dave3000

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I noticed that my EVGA GTX 1080 Ti SC Black is running hotter than usual since a few months ago. I cleaned out the dust from the front fan filter and it made very little difference except that it will take longer to reach 82C in Valley (Extreme Test) and it will cool down faster after benchmarking it or during less intense scenes in Valley but it still reaches 82C. Then I removed that bottom hard drive bay that was blocking the front intake fan in my case. This time it reached 80C and the fans on the heatsink of the card don't seem to spin as fast as before I removed the bottom hard drive bay and therefore the graphics card is a little quieter now for a given temperature on the GPU and the GPU now seems to cool down quicker after being stressed. I have a 140 mm front intake fan and a rear 120 mm exhaust fan for case cooling. Also if I overclock my 4930k to 4.4GHz from stock then my card will reach 84C in the last scene of Valley (Extreme Test). Is my GTX 1080 Ti running too hot considering it's using aftermarket cooling?
 

gradoman

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A few questions, what's the model of your case? What's your ambient temperature? Have you cleaned the cooler on the card itself?

I don't think 84C is too hot for the 1080Ti -- with an overclocked processor. 80C without the overclocked CPU is pretty good. The GPU's cooler might need a clean up and you might need to clean and replace the thermal compound, if you've owned the card for a while, to get the temp down a couple more degrees.
 

FedericoUY

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Tried fan curve on it? Wich aftermarket cooler are you using? Ambient temp? At those temps the card should be throttling down to lower speeds. I would also re apply TIM.
 

Dave3000

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A few days ago I ran the GPU fans at full speed and it peaked at 76 C in Valley. That seems like not much cooler taken into consideration that I set the fans on the card to run at full speed. Also today I ran Heaven benchmark and it peaked at 84 C with the default fan settings and the fans were running loud. As I said that when I first bought the card which was over a year ago, it ran way cooler during these benchmarks. I might replace the thermal paste on the GPU if it will make a difference. Would Coolermaster MX4 thermal paste be good for this?
 

gradoman

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Well, check the card first for a coating of dust on the fan blades and in the heatsink. If you haven't cleaned it before, then it's probably gonna be dusty.

You could try removing the dust with compressed air first. If that doesn't work then yeah, a redo of the paste might be needed.

Looked up CM MX4 and maybe you mean Arctic MX-4, but sure, it should help.

The best I've used so far would be Thermal Grizzly Cryonaut. That's between MX-4, Noctua NT-H1 and some other random thing... but it's a bit pricey.
 

FedericoUY

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I've always used ic diamond 24 carat and has been a great tim. Hard to use it, but effective.
 

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