How to Easily Underclock Your GPU

How to easily underclock your GPU

Is it possible for you to underclock your GPU?

An interesting question in a world where OC is king. If you’re looking for ways to safely underclock your GPU, then you are in the right place! Here, we talk about benefits of underclocking a GPU and a detailed step-by-step process on how to do it right - More of this later.

Before we go to the actual process, let’s check whether or not you need an underclocked GPU

Do You Need to Underclock Your GPU?

Most gamers overclock their rig (both CPU and GPU) to get a performance boost. Underclocking your GPU basically lowers the clock speeds of your GPU.

If you use your computer mostly to browse the internet or only do mild gaming, underclocking your GPU is fine. This should reflect lower electricity bills without sacrificing any drop in performance.

There are other reasons why people need to underclock their graphics card. If you live in the Western countries, the summer season is a great time to do underclocking.

Temperatures during this season could rise to as high as 5C-10C. Other factors that contribute to such increase in temperature include having a poorly airflow optimized. It could also be that you need to replace your thermal paste.

Now the real question sparks:

What’s the benefit?

It’s like a domino effect. Let’s talk about it in detail.

  • Lower power consumption - lowering the clock speeds of your GPU leads to running the hardware at a slower pace - this means it consumes lesser power.
  • Cooler GPU - Since your hardware is running at lower speeds, the hardware is not forced to produce more output. Fewer usage results in cooler temperatures.
  • A more silent fan - With lower temperatures, you hear lesser noise from the fans. A GPU that is overclocked requires higher fan RPMs to keep up with the usage while cooling the hardware at the same time.

If you are certain you will benefit by underclocking your graphics card, then proceed to the steps below.

Underclock Your AMD and NVIDIA GPU with MSI Afterburner

  1. 1. Download the MSI Afterburner
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    Download the MSI Afterburner from the link here

  2. 2. install MSI Afterburner
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    Follow the on-screen instructions to install MSI Afterburner

  3. 3. Open the MSI Afterburner
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    Open the MSI Afterburner software after the installation

  4. 4. See that your graphics card is detected
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    See that your graphics card is detected before making any adjustments

  5. 5. Lower the Core Clock (MHz) meter
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    Lower (or underclock) the Core Clock (MHz) meter you will find at the center according to your preferred adjustment settings.

  6. 6. Click on the Apply
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    Click on the Apply (a check icon) button to override the adjustments made

  7. 7. Save the adjustments
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    Save the adjustments you made to your preferred profile slot number.

    NOTE: This is helpful for those who want to make fast adjustments without messing with the Core Clock meter.

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Is Underclocking Same As Undervolting?

They are both different from each other.

Underclocking is the process of lowering the clock speeds of your GPU.

Undervolting, on the other hand, is the process of lowering the amount of power the GPU consumes based on the set frequency.

IMPORTANT: Unless you know what you are doing, undervolting a GPU is not advised as this leads to an unstable GPU and possibly damaging it.

Conclusion

Not everyone needs an overclocked GPU. There are users who use only a little or enough memory from how much memory their graphics card can deliver.

If you are certain that you don’t need too much of your GPU’s capacity, follow the steps indicated above and adjust your settings respective to your needs.

Underclocking should give you the benefit of reduced energy bills and still get the same gaming experience without any reduction in performance.

6 Comments

  1. Avatar John says:

    Hey i have a RTX 2060 Super Oc Gpu, i recently trying using Aorus Engine and i used the Oc Scanner, applied it, it boosts my Gpu but heats it up real bad, then i installed Msi Afterburner, trying to underclock it, doesn’t work, now my default Gpu clock is at 1470 mhz and not 1039 mhz, how to fix this 🙁

    1. Avatar John says:

      Plus, usually when gaming my pc is only at 64 celcius but now it goes to 88 celcius which is the max temp limit for my Gpu 🙁

  2. Avatar Patrick Lair says:

    My son and I built a PC from an online parts list:
    Motherboard: MSI ProSeries AMD Ryzen 1st and 2ND Gen AM4 M.2 USB 3 DDR4 D-Sub DVI HDMI micro-ATX Motherboard (B450M PRO-M2 Max)
    CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600 Processor with Wraith Stealth Cooler
    GPU: PowerColor Red Dragon Radeon RX 570

    Fortnite worked for a month before producing artifacts and crashing every time we load.

    We replaced Ram, SSD, and added fans.

    Any ideas? Thanks, patrick

    1. Charlie Noon Charlie Noon says:

      Hi Patrick. It’s strange that the game would run for a month then just stop working. Have you replaced any components or re-housed the RAM recently? Are all the drivers up to date? Have you tried re-installing Fortnite?

  3. Avatar Brend Boer says:

    Hey man, I currently own an i5 3570, this bottlenecks my 1060 3gb. (this isn’t ideal of course but it is only temporary) It’s only a minor bottleneck (like 11%) so i was thinking of downclocking my gpu. I was wondering if this downclocking would hurt performance and if you think this is a good idea.

    1. Charlie Noon Charlie Noon says:

      downclocking your GPU would have a knock-on effect with its performance yes. It depends on how far you wanna take it though.

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