[mythtv-users] New myth system - video card temp ok?

Jim Stichnoth stichnot at gmail.com
Sun Dec 13 22:39:49 UTC 2009

On Sun, Dec 13, 2009 at 11:50 AM, Rick <rbonafied at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> I recently put together a new mythtv system after my old one died.  For the
> video card, I ordered an ASUS EN210/DI/512MD2 (Geforce 210 512MB).
> Unfortunately, I wasn't thinking and ordered a card with a fan.
> When the fan is hooked up it is rather loud.  I read somewhere that the card
> can be overclocked quite a bit and that acceptable temps when overclocked
> are in the range up to around 80C.  For myth usage, I figured I wouldn't
> need to overclock so I wanted to see what the card temp was if I
> disconnected the fan.
> At rest, the card is around 52C.
> When watching a non-HD feed the card comes in around 60C.
> When watching HD with VDPAU, the card hits around 90C.
> In your opinion, do you think I'm asking for trouble with the card heating
> up to around 90-100C?  What do you think is an acceptable temp?

Run the nvidia-settings X application and look for the Thermal
Settings sections.  For my ION, it gives the Slowdown Threshold as
95C.  I tested this by putting the ION board in a closed cardboard box
with no air circulation and playing back an HD-PVR program at 2x
timestretch for about 30 minutes.  The reported temperature got into
the low 90s but everything seemed fine.


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