I’m pretty sure my GPU is overheating, although I don’t know how hot it should be able to get without me worrying. Earlier today, I was playing a game (Titan Quest), when I noticed the graphics screwing up. Within seconds, I got a Blue Screen of Death. The screen had a bunch of 1" long black lines going through it in random spots. After restarting the computer, I checked the temp and it was in the mid 40s. I started up the game and after a bit of playing the temperature shot up to 66° Celsius. Now that I shut the game off, it has slowly went back down to 49°.
While I’ve read that GPUs can go up to 80° with no problem, it doesn’t really feel right for something to work at that temperature.
I just updated my drivers and when I find some dust-off, I’ll clean out the computer. So am I right to be worried about the 66° temp of my GPU? It definitely had artifacts when I Blue Screened and when I shut the game off the second time.
Oh, I’m on Win 7 64 bit, Intel i7 920 and a Nvidia GTX 260. Nothing on the computer has been overclocked.