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

Rick rbonafied at gmail.com
Mon Dec 14 02:49:33 UTC 2009

Jim Stichnoth wrote:
> 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.
> Jim
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That's good to hear!  When I go into nvidia-settings, the threshold 
section is grayed out but it shows 255C.  I'll let it run with VDPAU and 
see how high a temp it hits.

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