Nvidia GT120 problems

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MrMehh
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Hello people,

My brother's Nvidia GT120 has some issues. The Core clock, shader clock and memory clock are constant on max load(also when idle). This causes the GPU to get really hot. And all that leads to sertain issues with performance in games. Like MW2 is regulary crashing.

Can someone explain why the clocks are on max load even when idle? It's pretty dangerous because it will lead to problems in the future.

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Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 @2.80GHz
NVIDIA GT120, 512mb DDR3
4GB RAM
Big amount of watt in the psu, dunno how much :p
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Clocks on GPU's don't go up or down automatically. They always stay the same regardless of load. If you want to turn down yours a bit you can use rivatuner.
No, it should not be dangerous for clocks to always be at highest. Either the card is stable or it is not.

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MrMehh
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Really? :O My clocks go down automatically when idle. It reduces temperature a lot and so the fan speed also goes down for a quieter operation.

Core clock idle: 400 MHz Load: 850 MHz
Memory Clock idle: 900 MHz Load: 1200 MHz

So.. What's up with my card that the clocks go down automatically on minor load? And the temperature also. When my clocks are on max load (idle) the temperature is about 53 degrees Celsius. When the clocks are on minor load (idle) the temp is 45 degrees Celsius. So.. aye?

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yep,ATI cards have a 2D power saving mode, most nvidia cards dont. if you have an nvidia card, no worries they dont have power saving

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dustyschaffner wrote:yep,ATI cards have a 2D power saving mode, most nvidia cards dont. if you have an nvidia card, no worries they dont have power saving
That is one weird power-saving feature. In my house right now my 5770,gts 250, gtx 275, 4890 and 6100 do not do that.

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Youre 5770 and 4890 have powersaving features.. turning down core and mem speeds.......

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It migth be a driver issue, update bios aswell. Also make sure that you have sufficient cooling for the case.

MrMehh
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That's another problem lol :P It's a Medion Media PC. It doesn't have any fans on it. Only the fan on the CPU and on the GPU. It doesn't have intake nor exhaust fans. Which is odd indeed. But I guess you guys are right about no power saving feature

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fizzylumi wrote:Youre 5770 and 4890 have powersaving features.. turning down core and mem speeds.......
Nope-Catalyst reads full speeds even with idling on desktop with latest drivers.

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something might have been messed up on installation, or you may have changed a setting. my 5770 will drop the clocks to 400/1200 when im not doing any gaming but as soon as i enter a game they go back up to 850/1200. you may need to reinstall catalyst or flash player (yes flash player)

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My 5770 has power saving.. Clocks on idle are 400 and 900. On max load 850 and 1200. So it's absolutely reducing the clocks on idle. So I dunno what's up with your card undeadkingpr but most ATI cards have this feature with CCC

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meh....I don't really care so probably not worth investigating as I sell these things every two weeks but an interesting problem non-the-less.