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SOLVED: How To Disable GPU Overclocking?

Learn how to disable it via BIOS settings, using MSI Afterburner, and more!

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While it is true that overclocking can enhance your GPU’s operation without any additional costs, I recommend not going beyond its optimum capacity. Plus, you should immediately turn off overclocking in the GPU if it shows signs of overheating or instability. Turning off GPU overclocking can become necessary when you want to lower GPU temperature and fix sudden crashes or freezes in your system.

Key Takeaways

  • Overclocking a GPU helps in enhancing its performance for better gameplay and smoother graphics.
  • You can disable overclocking on your GPU via third-party software, graphics card software, or the BIOS.
  • Consider turning off overclocking if your GPU is overheating, the system is malfunctioning, or the power source is being strained.
 Tip: The stability and heat output may both be improved by disabling overclocking. 

Disable From BIOS Settings

The system BIOS offers an option to enable or disable the GPU overclocking. However, the key combinations to access BIOS vary with each manufacturer, so make sure you are pressing the right ones. You can also check the manufacturer’s manual to find the correct BIOS keys for your computer.

Here is how to disable overclocking from BIOS:

  1. Restart your computer and press the relevant keys to enter the BIOS mode. I have listed down the BIOS key combinations for some common manufacturers.
    Lenovo F1, F2, or F12
    HP F10, Esc, Or F9
    Dell F2 Or F12
    Asus F2 or Esc
    Acer F2 Or F12
    Samsung F2 Or Esc
    Sony F1, F2, F3, Or F11
  2. Go to Advanced / Advanced Settings > GPU Settings or a similar option relating to GPU Overclocking > Disable GPU Overclocking> Save Settings > Exit BIOS menu.

Uninstall Overclocking Software

There are dedicated pieces of software for overclocking purposes, such as MSI Afterburner or Gigabyte Xtreme Engine. Uninstall any such programs to return your GPU to its default speed and settings.

Through Control Panel Software

Most graphics card manufacturers have exclusive software designed to control and modify different aspects of a GPU. For example, if you own an NVIDIA Graphics Card, you can download the NVIDIA Control Panel to modify its settings.

NVIDIA Control Panel

Here is how to disable overclocking from NVIDIA Control Panel:

  1. Right-click Desktop > NVIDIA Control Panel > Manage 3D Settings > Performance > Global Settings > Power Management Mode.
  2. If it is set to Prefer Maximum Performance, it means overclocking is active.
  3. Change to the Optimal Power option to disable overclocking in the NVIDIA GPU.

AMD Radeon Control Panel

Here is how to disable overclocking from AMD Radeon Control Panel:

  1. Right-click Desktop > AMD Radeon Software > Performance > Tuning > GPU  > Tuning Control > Default.

MSI Afterburner

A member of Tom’s Hardware, Hotaru.hino, suggests this method. We also tried this one, and it worked flawlessly. 

Here is how to disable overclocking using MSI Afterburner:

  1. Launch MSI Afterburner > Curve Editor.
  2. Flatten the curve > Apply / Reset at the bottom.
    Click on the Reset button at the bottom.
    Reset MSI Afterburner – Image Credits (Tech4Gamers)

This will disable GPU overclocking on your PC.

Intel Extreme Tuning Utility

Here is how to disable overclocking using Intel Extreme Tuning Utility:

  1. Open the Intel Extreme Tuning Utility software on your computer.
  2. Highlight Advanced Tuning> Select Graphics > Processor Graphics Voltage > Default.
  3. Next, set Processor Graphics Voltage Offset > 0.000V.
  4. Press Apply > Save

Are There Risks Associated With Overclocking GPU?

Although overclocking may appear as a useful process at first, it brings along potential damage to your GPU, according to my research. For example, overclocking may;

  • This leads to graphics card overheating, which could cause your computer to malfunction or crash.
  • Cause various system or driver errors.
  • Consume more power than usual.
  • Damage the data and files in your computer.
  • Decrease the lifespan of your GPU and affect its overall healthy operation.

Therefore, I advise you to take precautionary measures if you choose to overclock your GPU or any other component. To reduce the chances of the risks mentioned above, you can apply cooling solutions, vigilantly monitor the system’s temperature, and not increase the speed beyond an optimal range.

Frequently Asked Questions

When Should I Disable Overclocking In GPU?

It is advisable to turn off overclocking if your GPU is overheating or your system or games keep crashing often.

How Do I Disable GPU Overclocking?

You can disable GPU overclocking via third-party software, GPU control panels, or the BIOS.

Does Overclocking GPU Reduce Its Lifespan?

Unfortunately, overclocking GPU beyond the safe limits will harm the component due to excessive heat and higher voltage generation.

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