1080Ti Gaming X running hot

nasko23567156c02df

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Hello everyone. I know right now the craze is the new 3080s but I have some issues with my old MSI 1080Ti Gaming X. I've been using it for the past 2 years and I've finally put it up for sale the other day as I preordered the RTX 3080 so I decided to run some benchmarks. Now to be clear this card never ran "cool" even when I bought it brand new. It has always ran in the high 70s without overclock and in the 80-83 range with the power/thermal limits maxed out and +50 Core / +400 memory. While that's not the best temperatures one can hope for recently it feels like it's gotten even worse. I say "feels like" because I'm not sure if it's because I bought a new CPU. My old CPU was the 6700k and I upgraded to the AMD 3700X. When I upgraded I blew the dust out of my entire PC with an air compressor and I just went on gaming without thinking about it. But as I decided to benchmark the card now because I want to sell it I saw that it was reaching the HIGH 80's (88-89C) during Superposition 4k benchmark and the mid 80's while playing Fortnite at 1440p Epic settings. While playing fortnite the card starts out at about 1920mhz and it ends up staying at around 1810-1830mhz once it gets hot.

So my question is could that increase be because of my new CPU pushing the card further or is something else possibly wrong? The card is still under warranty so I don't want to disassemble it and change the thermal paste and at the same time I don't want to feel like I'm "scamming" the buyer I'm planning to send it to. Is this normal? Thanks in advance.

edit: As I know this would be the first question - I have Full Tower case with 2 intake and 2 exhaust 120mm fans and I'm running the stock AMD CPU cooler. The Case is super chill but I even tried removing the side panel to see if it makes a difference and it doesn't.
 

badboy2k

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its probably just the thermal paste is getting old and not working as it should and is getting time for it to have some new Paste put on it.
 

flobelix

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The paste applied in factory is usually not of highest quality and in many cases also not very well applied. Ins ome cases repasting can even make a big difference after a year or less.
 

nasko23567156c02df

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The paste applied in factory is usually not of highest quality and in many cases also not very well applied. Ins ome cases repasting can even make a big difference after a year or less.
I opened the card and there was BARELY any paste on it. I could almost see the letters on the chip itself. Cleaned it off and repasted and dropped 20C and the fans went from 100% at max load to 65%. It's actually insane how much of a difference it made and also it's unfortunate that MSI didn't bother applying good paste or even enough of it. Thankfully the retailer I bought the card from told me they'll respect the warranty if I don't break anything and I replace the paste safely.
 
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