But now I think the card is running a bit too hot for my tastes. Just playing WoW, the temperature is reaching close to 80C. I tested it out on a more graphic intensive game, Heroes V and the temperature reached nearly 95C. I'm worrying about the temperatures, they seem to be rather high. The fan is noisy enough as is but I don't even think its doing its job completely.
The other night, I shut down the computer. And then I turned it on a few minutes later and the computer wouldn't boot. The BIOS beeped once, and then three short beeps. I opened up the case and the card seemed rather hot. And when nothing booted, the fan was whirling like crazy. So I shut it off and waited 10 minutes and then everything worked fine. It may have been coincidence, but my suspicion is that the card was too hot.
Our older comp has a 9500Pro, and I've never experienced any sort of heating issue or noise issue. However, this card... as powerful as it claims to be it seems to be a real hog in terms of heat and noise. I don't know if all video cards out there are like this now, and if they are I really hope companies start addressing the issues.
Is there anyone to make this thing run cooler? Can I buy a different, better fan? And if I were to ditch this card and buy another one, which one would one recommend? A x1950 i was looking at, but I'm wondering if I'd just experience more of the same if I do that.