Question Concern regarding "high" GPU temps w/ 980ti

JerrWolf

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Hello everyone,

Recently my PC has been fine but I noticed my temperatures seem higher than usual.
I remember seeing them in the 60-70c range with sometimes low 80c max when a game is running on my PC.
And when nothing is loaded (like on startup or right after I open a browser) ~35-40c.

But for the past two days, it's been reaching high 80c with a game open, and after startup or with something else open ~40-50c.

Is this something to be concerned about? my GPU is a 980ti Strix from Asus.
  • I do live in the southern USA, but my room doesn't feel any hotter than usual.
  • I took the card out to clean it today and yesterday as well.
  • I just reinstalled my GPU Drivers and had no change.
The only thing I know of that happened between me noticing this change and before is: two days ago I did knock my (relatively empty) mug over after I turned my PC off (like right after), and some of the matcha tea did drip into the case.
After inspecting it the next morning and cleaning everything, I noticed it was only really on the case itself and the backplate of the GPU. I did not see anything in any crevices or smaller components.

Here are some MSI Afterburner images of the temps and some statistics:
FFXIV Temps
This one was with Final Fantasy XIV running for ~10 minutes

Destiny 2 Temps
this one was with Destiny 2 open for ~10 minutes as well (But I did not clear history after loading the game, so min values are off).

FFXIV startup temp
And before both of those tests, this was my GPU temp the moment FFXIV loaded up (on the main screen)

Edit: These graphs are with a custom fan curve, the fans were spinning at around 60-80% (which is pretty loud as is, and not sure if normal, but they aren't the most pleasant sounding fans either lol).
 

JerrWolf

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Are all the (case)fans spinning?
Yes, sorry I should have thought about adding that.

All of the case fans, and GPU fans (when forced to spin) are spinning, and set to 100%.
There is no abnormal noise in any of them.
Except for the GPU fans if I set them to 70-100% then they start to make some weirder sounds.
Like a kind of raddle or buzzing kind of sound. (Fine with 0-60% speed)
 

JerrWolf

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i have a msi gtx 980 Ti (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA85V4R42298) and my friend says it will overheat and burst into flames at 84 degrees celsius and that 27 celsius is the highest safe operating temperature on computers
Lol. Well as far as my knowledge goes a GPU won't burst into flames at that temperature, and 27c is definitely not achievable with stock cooling on a GPU either, therefore, not the highest safe operating temperature.

But that did give me a good laugh this morning.

As for my card, it still seems to be operating at the temps mentioned in my initial post.

While having a game running for the remainder of the day it still stayed at a steady 83/84c with a few peaks at 90c for just a moment.
I'll leave this thread open for any other responses but I'm starting to think this is fine and my ambient room temp is just raising due to the seasons changing.
 

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