Are you worried that your GPU temperatures are hitting over 70°C and a little over 80°C when gaming?
It’s great that you’re concerned about the well-being of your graphics card. But you might get surprised that some graphics cards are designed to go beyond those temps! Yes, there are GPUs that can safely go over 90C without consequences (although it might shorten the lifespan in some cards).
No matter the case, there are ways to keep the temperatures around 50°C-60°C and max 70°C when gaming. Read the following methods we have compiled to achieve lower GPU temps.
There are so many graphics cards you could find today and all of them are specifically designed to be run safely at varying temperatures.
Take for example a GTX 1050 – it has a safe gaming temp reading between 60°C-70°C while a GTX 750 ti has a safe gaming temp between 55°C-65°C. No matter the case, anything over 80°C is a clear indication that something has to be done to bring it back to around 70°C or lower.
Refer to your GPU manufacturer if you are unsure of your card’s safe gaming temps.
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If you are unsure how to check your GPU temperatures, then 3rd party software should help you with that. Below are our recommended software to read both CPU and GPU temps for your convenience.
- CPU-Z – download link here.
- Open Hardware Monitor – download link here.
- MSI Afterburner – download link here.
Pick whichever you like and install them. If you find your GPU temps are over the safe readings, take time and read the following methods to lower GPU temperatures.
Wipe the outside of the graphics card to get rid of the dust.
Use the screwdriver to unscrew the graphics card.
Gently remove cooler
Twist the cooler that comes with the graphics card carefully until it comes apart.
Don’t pull the fan and the graphics card apart and mind the wire that connects the fans to the graphics card.
Disconnect the fan and lay it upside down.
Clean the fan
Take the fan outside in a well-ventilated area and use the compressed air to get rid of the dust.
Clean the fan blades
Use the baby wipes and screw to clean the fan's blades.
Clean the card
Use the baby wipes and wipe the dust off from the graphics card.
Let it dry
Leave everything to dry before assembling the card.
Plug the fan back to the card.
Replace the fan
Install the fan back.
Put it all back together
Screw everything back together.
Final flight check
Check that everything is fitted before connecting it back to your computer.
Keeping your GPU temperatures low at all times is the key to keeping your GPU longer. This also keeps you from having to replace them sooner.
Such small effort to keeping your GPU at lower temperatures can actually go a long way in keeping a healthy graphics card. There are many ways to lower your GPU temperatures and the methods we have discussed above are among the most efficient ways to see lower temperatures.