Topic Title: HIS Radeon HD 5970 unusual idle behavior
Topic Summary: high gpu activity and idle temps
Created On: 12/03/2012 09:49 PM
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 12/03/2012 09:49 PM
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Ever since I upgraded to from Catalyst 12.3 to 12.10, I've noticed the card, HIS Radeon 5970 seems to be running with a high load (90-99% gpu usage) and high temps (85-90 C)  while idling on the desktop or netsurfing. I have no idea why this is happening. With previousdrivers, I believe temps were low and cpu/ memory clock speed was reduced while not gaming. Not sure what is going on, maybe 12.10 just isn't good for it?

 12/04/2012 12:39 AM
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 12/06/2012 05:38 PM
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Here is some additional hardware information.

 HIS Radeon 5970 2GB

 Windows 7 Home Premium 65 bit

 Phenom II x4 965 BE @ 3.4 ghz

 Seasonic SS-750HT 750W

 g.skill 2x2 gb DDR2 1066 (F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK)

Asus M3A78-EM motherboard


I'm no longer sure this is a catalyst issue, since I've gone back and tried the older versions such as 12.3 and 12.8 and the overheating  and high gpu usage problem seems to persist. Basically, gpu behaves like it's at full load during gameplay even when I'm not using any 3d application.


Oddly enough, I found that the GPU usage drops to 0 if and only if I open Windows Task Manager, and along with it, temps dropped from 80 c to 45c. Core frequency and stuff seems to have dropped too. Very curious...

Edited: 12/06/2012 at 06:39 PM by lordvr
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