Re: Overheating and similar issues with GeForce GTX 280
The thermal window for the 280 GTX is far too narrow. Even with everything perfect; a case with perfect ventilation, a cool room temperature, and a card with the heatsink installed properly the normal load temperature is 85 degrees, that is only 20 degrees less than the threshold temperature.
But there are so many things that can go wrong (and it doesn't have to be massively wrong just a bit); a case with less than adequate ventilation, a heatsink where there isn't enough or too much thermal paste, a heatsink with uneven pressure, a hot summer day raising the room temperature, or even a small thing like the 680i northbridge fan blowing on the card is enough to tip the scale. This card is in desperate need of a die shrink or a better cooling solution.