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

Kevin Ross kevin at familyross.net
Mon Dec 14 06:21:51 UTC 2009

Rick 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? 

Since it uses a standard connector for the fan, you can get a speed 
controller, such as 
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118217, and 
slow the fan down where you don't hear it any more, but it still 
provides good cooling (compared to no fan at all).

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