Rather than add to several other threads, it would be easier to keep track of your issue if you had started your own thread. But let me see if I can help. Can you tell me the model of your desktop?
Osprey, I think you are right (should have started my own thread). This forum feels confusing. I reply to a thread but after it is posted it seems to be not quite the same thread that I saw during review (from Google searches).
Are the temps running any lower, because I would say that 86°C is a little too warm for my taste. Taking the video card out is a little tricky but not impossible and will allow you to get in a bit closer to get the dust inside the video card cooling unit.
You might search Youtube for a video.
86% was the fan SPEED. The TEMP is 78C.
I'm probably leaning more towards a new card. If I mess up with the fan cleaning somehow, I would be pretty much hosed until new video card arrived.
I am in the process of installing the new card (out of my comfort zone but I am trying...)
The old card had 2 cables going into it - (1) a black and yellow set on a 6 pin connector (marked P8) and (2) a red and black on a 2 pin connector. The new card has no slots for these connectors. I think the Yellow and Black one is going to the power supply.
Will this work? Do I have the wrong card? Would the excess unconnected wires just hang loose? How does the card get its power if not from the power supply?
I so much prefer software over hardware... 🙂
thanks I'm up and running. I double checked to make sure fan actually spinning. it is. soooooo quiet too!!!