THG forums and published a very strange thread. The same guy was reporting that he's experiencing some choppy gameplay/performance issues with his BFG 7800 GS OC AGP card; and his card is running at temperatures of 112-117F (45-47C) consistently." />
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GeForce 7800 GS - Too Cold to Run?
Published on January 3rd, 2007



Today we have a very hilarious story. Here's the story: Some guy registered on the THG forums and published a very strange thread. The same guy was reporting that he's experiencing some choppy gameplay/performance issues with his BFG 7800 GS OC AGP card; and his card is running at temperatures of 112-117F (45-47C) consistently. So he installed an additional fan in the PCI slot, and contacted BFG Tech support and someone there told him that if his card is running below 40C that this is the source of these issues, and that the graphics card is running too cold! The tech supporter advised him to take off his cooler his additional fan to ensure the card temperature is above 40C, and everything will be fine.

According to this user – BFG Tech support told him to take off his cooler! Just for your information, if you take off the VGA Cooler from the card, the card will die in about two milliseconds remove the additional fan. Back to the story, the user noticed that something isn't right with that suggestion, and he contacted them again and told them that it's not making any sense. They replied again and told him that it's a known issue with the 7800 GS, and they don't know when their engineers will fix it.

We have tried to reach BFG to get their response on this story, but without much luck. However, there is something in BFG Tech support that claims that some GeForce cards have a ‘minimum temperature requirement' option in its BIOS, and that could be it. But, 40C? and removing the cooler!? This is simply insane.

Update
BFG has finally responded: We've reviewed the case listed here and determined that you are publishing false information in your article. The error that the tech referenced originally effected 7800 PCI-E cards that were user side watercooled. The 7800s had a BIOS setting that severely down clocked them if they were, at any time, under 32C. This, as you can imagine, caused no end of problems to people with custom cooling solutions.

At any rate, we've reviewed the exact case that you reference, and determined that the "fan" being spoken of was in a PCI slot, blowing directly on the video card, and that such can, in certain cases, cause issues. "I have been checking my temperatures and I also have an add-in fan next to (sic) for extra cooling."

Update #2
Apparently, the user's post was misleading and caused us to believe he was talking about the card's cooler ("you need to take that cooling fan away from the card."), not an additional fan; we apologize for this error. So basically, BFG is right, but what kind of ridiculous bug is this?




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