said by McBrain:
there's no way I could run stable for 4 hours at 100c, right? =
Where I work we check our chips up to 110 or 125C, I have heard that GPUs are rated for 105-120C but I don't have an official number for the 7970.
My 6970 with the reference cooler gets up to 90-92C under load. I've thought about putting a better cooler on it, mostly for noise but also to squeeze some more power out of it.
I see your 7970 already has a big cooler on it, and those typically reduce the load temp to soemthing in the 60s or 70s, so it seems wrong that it should get so hot unless something has gone wrong. Have you checked the temp with different drivers under the same conditions?