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 03/28/2013 03:36 PM
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Hrothgar
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I recently bought Mass Effect for PC, since its sequel was so fun, and I'm enjoying it. But it runs hotter than any other game I play. I run at 1280x1024 resolution and have tried several different graphics settings within the game. I am playing the game at stock configuration (i.e. no tweaks).

Most games run ~32°C, while Mass Effect 1 runs between 54 and 59°C. I've tried changing graphics settings in-game and using the Mass Effect Configuration Utility with no results. I've tried using the Boost Button on AMD Overdrive - the application, not the CCC feature - with no change.

There is no dust in my case, and I recently cleaned it, fans, and heatsinks; and I reapplied thermal compound. MY CPU idles at ~36°C. There is no reason my CPU runs hotter on this older game than its sequel, and other newer games (RAGE, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Mass Effect 2).

All CPU and GPU settings are at stock, and I am using stock cooling.

Do you have any insight on reducing temperature?



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 03/28/2013 03:49 PM
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zipsi
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My 7970 runs 70+ even with minecraft so that 59C is perfectly normal.



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 03/28/2013 11:55 PM
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I'm sorry, I didn't specify that my CPU is running that hot.



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 03/29/2013 12:20 AM
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Originally posted by: HrothgarI am using stock cooling.

 

Do you have any insight on reducing temperature?

 

 

Stop using stock cooling for the CPU.  Get some decent thermal paste and a decent heat sink.  Almost any after market heat sink and fan combo will be better than stock.  Do spend a bit of time reading reviews, however, because you can often do a lot better for less money over any random choice.

 

 03/29/2013 10:45 AM
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There is no reason my CPU runs hotter on this older game than its sequel, and other newer games


Yea there is, many older games were either very well programmed so they don't have to hit the CPU hard to get the power they need, or since graphics cards have really taken a leap forward in the past 5 years it's pulling way more CPU power because it is able to have graphical power to spare.

But as Thanny said, get you a good aftermarket heatsink and TIM, the stock heatsinks these days are garbage. Even the Corsair H60 closed loop water cooler is cheap these days. Even though with a Phenom II x4 970 you should have got the copper aluminum 4 heatpipe cooler, it's still small and top-down.

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 03/30/2013 10:11 AM
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Enable Vsync in game it should run cooler.



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