I’ve installed a new Nvidia GeForce 6600 AGP card on my system, and I’m having serious instability issues when running graphic intensive games (everything is OK for normal desktop usage).
After many tests, it seems that the problem lies with the card overheating. The card heats up considerably and very fast when I run a graphics heavy game, becoming very hot to the touch, and leading to video artifacts and crashes.
I’m using the default cooling system which comes with the card, a heavy-duty double heat sink attached to back and front of the card. It seems in place and making proper contact with the GPU. As for the case, I use both the regular PSU fan and an extra fan on the chassis below and I never had any heat problem prior to installing the new 6600 card.
I’ve come to the conclusion that my motherboard’s AGP slot is 1.5v . Is it possible that the new card (a GigaByte Nvidia GeForce 6600 256MB) uses 1.7v (I have no idea if it does, because unfortunately HARDWARE VENDORS ARE RETARDED IDIOTS WHO DON’T INCLUDE SUCH SPECIFICATIONS ON THEIR PRODUCT’S DOCUMENTATION, LEAVING BUYERS TO GUESS UP THINGS TO SORT OUT THEIR PROBLEMS) and thus the problem ? If so, would I need to replace either the MB or the card ?
If voltage isn’t the issue, what else can I do ?
Thank you so much.