Well just a little update sense my baking today, all seems well so far, haven't done anything serious yet just regular computing, making sure temps are in the norm as for gaming nothing to report yet maybe tomorrow play a browser game " Diggy's Adventure " that won't really tell anything, but didn't want to say I didn't try a game, when I checked the temps via Global Over-Drive they showed 29 started idle and 32 after 4 hours total of web surfing and Diggy Play.
Witcher 3 Tomorrow I think, we'll see.
Just like to give an update for my HD 7870, using the latest drivers for this card, and have my pwr at +20, power scheme is at performance, clocks are at their default values of CPU : 1000 MHz , Memory Clock : 1200 MHz. It's my upgraded card that came with my XPS 8500 Special Edition.
The temps when I first checked seemed to be around the 29-34 mark and when I checked them in Global just after I played Witcher 3 for approx. 30-40 mins, it showed 29. So I'll have to assume that my thermal application went well. It seems to be a generic brand from my local computer shop, so with temps like that at the start I could pray for a little drop as it cures but I am not disappointed in them.
I hope the card keeps working, I am glad I never trashed it.
******* EDIT ******** Doing a little edit on this, in regards to my temps I made a mistake was looking at the fan speed of 29, my temps I just checked again after a 30-40 min session of Witcher 3 and the temp was at 57 but went down almost immediately cooling itself, so still all in all I am not disappointed now if I do a fan curve it would help more I am sure.
Sorry about that the Control Panel is a little different for this driver release of the 7870.
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I have a HD 7870 and it still works fine.