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?
Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
AMD Phenom II X4 970BE Deneb 3.5GHz CPU
ASUS M5A88-V EVO Mother Board
2 X 2GB CORSAIR XMS3 DDR3 1600 RAM
XFX AMD RADEON HD 6770 1GB GDDR5 GPU
Dell D1626HT Trinitron 21" CRT Monitor
Seagate Barracuda 160GB 7200rpm SATA3 HDD
Seagate Barracuda 250GB 7200rpm SATA3 HDD
Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200rpm SATA3 HDD
ASUS DRW-24B1ST SATA DVD-R/RW
Corsair GS500 Gaming Series 500w PSU
CoolerMaster HAF 912 Case