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I have a radeon hd 6670, and I have overclocked the GPU clock to 850 MHz and the memory clock to 1040 MHz. I then ran Diablo 3 with SpeedFan running in the background to check the heat of the GPU, and it was at 53 degrees Celsius. This doesn't seem to be too bad, but there was a flame icon next to this temperature in the SpeedFan app. How hot is too hot for a graphics card?

If this is too hot, should I not overclock it or just install more case fans too keep it cool?

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The flame icon just means the temperature is rising. It doesn't mean it is too hot. –  David Schwartz Jul 20 '12 at 22:59
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GPU's can withstand temperatures close to 100C for extended periods, and anything below 75C is safe. 53C is a very good load temperature. Note however that many tools like Speedfan only report one sensor reading from the GPU, and other sections of your card might be up to 10C hotter - but you're still in the green.

I have a HD6950 at 840MHz/1325MHz and it peaks around 55C on full load with moderate fan activity, for what it's worth.

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This is definitely reassuring.. Is there another program I can use that will be able to read more readings from the GPU? –  nathpilland Jul 20 '12 at 23:06
    
@nathpilland HWInfo is my favorite as it displays all your GPU sensors (as well as basically everything else in your computer case), but GPU-Z isn't bad either. –  Thomas Jul 20 '12 at 23:09
    
Just remember that some more exotic sensor readings like motherboard auxiliary fan speed may not be available on your hardware (maybe the motherboard doesn't support it or whoever built the computer never bothered to plug the sensor into the motherboard), so use common sense to discard strange results. –  Thomas Jul 20 '12 at 23:12
    
Well I built this one so I can always fix the sensor if need be :) thanks for the suggestions! –  nathpilland Jul 22 '12 at 23:43
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My GPU runs at 88 degrees under heavy load, and it is very stable at that temperature.

mine is Geforce 435M

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There are already several answers here on superuser on questions about the temperature ranges for GPUs. Compare this answer for a Radeon HD 6870 for example.

The SpeedFan Icon only warns you at a predefined value that is safe for most GPUs. This value does not reflect actual temperature ranges in any way. It should be possible to change the value yourself.

Check the Speedfan Article

The TEMPERATURES tab allows to define a warning level for each temperature.

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