HIS IceQ R9 280X Boost Clock way too hot

Discussion created by killersdaddy on Jul 1, 2015

edit: thank you for the info. I tried to translate this post as good as I could XD


Dear community,

About 1 1/2 years ago I bought my new Computer from with a HIS IceQ R9 280X Turbo Boost Clock in it. At this time it reached about 85 Degrees in full load.

Scince a couple of weeks the temperature went to about 96 Degrees so I had to clock down a bit. I didnt overclock it. It has 1000MHz standart. So I clocked doen to 950 MHz.

-Cards standart clock is 1000MHz.

-case fans are clean and work fine.

-fan To 100% with the extra HIS tool. If not 100% it wouldn't run game like The Witcher anymore.

-GC is clean and fans seem to work perfectly with about 3200 rpm.

-case is super ventilated. Wind flow from the CPU goes out on the top side and GPU blows directly outside. CPU never goes over 50 degrees.

When The Witcher 3 came out, I played it normally and the card never reached more than 87 degrees. A few days ago, the computer just went off after about 5 minutes of playing. Did then check the temps and found that it went over 100 Degrees even with a downclocked card to 850 MHz. So much less clock, yet more than 100 degrees.

just tried again and the same problem occured. Only this time I shut down the game at 99 degrees.

What the heck happend to the card that I cant play any good games anymore? With Ark - Survival Evolved I have the same problem. As the card is in full load it reaches over 100 Degrees and PC shuts downs immediatly

Any ideas? Hope you can help me.


Idle: 45-50 degrees

Firefox (Facebook, Flash Games): ~ 70 degrees

Full load (Witcher 3, Ark): over 100 degrees


Mainboard: MSI Z97 G43 gaming

CPU: I5-4670K

GPU: HIS IceQ R9 280X Turbo Boost clock at 1000MHz

RAM: 16 GB Kingston

If you need more information please ask me

For those who dont know the card: