Does your GPU overheat even at idle? Has your game crashed due to overheating of the GPU? It’s less about the weather outside and more about the software running inside.
Any electronic device can heat up under pressure, but graphics cards have different limits.
Whether you have an existing GPU or are about to buy a new one, it’s important to know its safe operating temperatures. Graphics cards play an important role in gaming computers and PCs; Therefore, it is important to understand their tolerance critical point to maintain long-term use.
This article explains a safe GPU temperature and how we can maintain it in four effective ways. We will also discuss several causes of overheating of the GPU.
What is a safe GPU temperature?
The safe GPU temperature can vary by manufacturer and GPU model. 85°C (185°F) under pressure is considered a safe GPU temperature for modern Nvidia GPUs. While contemporary AMD GPUs can handle 100 °C (212 °F) under full load.
Maximum GPU temperatures
Graphics card manufacturers have implemented security measures to enhance GPU performance. Every graphics card has a temperature extreme that can damage its components. So, as mentioned below, it is safe to turn off GPUs in the maximum temperature range.
Nvidia Max Temps
The latest Nvidia RTX 30 series reaches a maximum temperature of 93 degrees Celsius without shutting down or shutting down. While older generation cards like the RTX 20 series have a maximum temperature of 88°C, the GTX 10 series can handle a maximum of 94°C.
AMD Max Temps
AMD 5700 series graphics cards can run without problems at a maximum temperature of 110 degrees Celsius. If the GPU sensors detect temperatures above this limit, they automatically shut down to protect the graphics card from permanent damage.
Cause of overheating of the GPU
If your GPU is reaching high temperatures even in idle mode, it could be due to the following reasons.
Improper fan speed settings can cause the GPU to overheat.
Programs running in the background may use graphics resources.
Due to overclocking, the GPU can heat up to its highest temperature, even when idle.
Insufficient GPU air ventilation can prevent heat dissipation from the case, causing temperatures to rise.
Maintain GPU temperatures
When you run an advanced game or design program like Adobe Photoshop, the GPU temperature can be expected to increase. But it is not normal for your GPU to get hotter than 75°C at idle.
But with these four methods, you can maintain a safe GPU temperature regardless of the manufacturer’s graphics card.
Method 1: Turn off overclocking
If you overclock your GPU, it will run at higher power and reach higher temperatures. It is safe to overclock the GPU if the temperature does not exceed 95 degrees Celsius.
Follow these steps to slow down the clock speed.
1# Open GPU Controller or MSI Afterburner to access your GPU settings.
2# Look for the “OC”, “Overclock” or “Clock Speed” options on the main panel of the software.
3# Find the GPU clock speed option. In MSI Afterburner, it’s called the “base clock”.
4# Click and move the slider to the left to decrease the clock speed.
5# Keep decreasing the clock speed until the temperature reaches the normal range.
Method 2: Increase the GPU fan speed
If reducing the clock speed isn’t for you, increase the fan speed to control the temperature at different loads by following these simple steps.
1# Open the GPU controller software that came pre-installed with your GPU drivers.
2# Find the “Fan Speed” option from the control panel; Select the “Manual Control” option.
3# Search for “Fan Curve” and adjust the fan speed by looking at the temperature.
4# When the GPU temperature rises, you can adjust the “fan curve” to a specific speed ratio.
5# Click “Apply and Save” after adjusting the curve according to your preferences.
Method3: Turn on power saving mode
Electronic devices tend to overheat due to their high power consumption; The same concept applies to GPUs. Therefore, it is important to reduce the voltage consumption of the GPU overheat with these simple steps.
1# Open Control Panel and go to Hardware and Sound > Power Options.
2# Select Power Saving Mode to reduce the power consumption of your system.
3# Apply and save settings to use the system in power-saving mode.
4# You can also access Energy Saver directly from the desktop side panel button.
Method 4: Reduce effort from the program
If Power Saving Mode is not effective in reducing power consumption, you can manually adjust the GPU power level using MSI Afterburner. Follow these simple steps to reduce voltage consumption.
1# Boot between MSI Afterburner and the board.
2# Look for the “Core Voltage” option which refers to the power supply for the GPU.
3# Move the power slider to the top left to decrease the base voltage percentage.
4# Click the tick mark button to save and apply the settings.
In this guide on safe GPU temperatures, we also discuss several factors that increase GPU overheat temperatures. We also provided stats on different GPU manufacturers and how temperatures vary due to stress loading.
But it’s important to manage GPU temperature, which is discussed in our 4 Effective Methods That Work With All Graphics Cards. We hope our guide helped you maintain temporary GPU security scores on your PC.