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How To Lower GPU Temperature? [Ultimate Guide]

Want to learn about how to lower GPU temperature? Our guide contains a list of both software and hardware-based methods for this purpose.

High GPU temperature can damage the component in the long term and reduce its lifespan. We’ll walk you through a bunch of methods that can help reduce your GPU’s temperature. 

Key Takeaways

  • Improper airflow, high room temperatures, excessive mining, and high-end gaming are reasons the GPU might heat up.
  • Under-volting GPU, turning off overclocking, and replacing its thermal paste can lower the temperature
  • Consistent overheating can affect its functioning and cause critical damage to the GPU.
Important: Remember to install a graphics card compatible with your PC, or it may not work.

Software-Based Solutions

We tested software-based solutions, such as things you can do while staying within your operating system, and found them effective. Before proceeding, learn about the safe idle GPU temperature.

Revert to Non-Overclocking Settings

After overclocking our GPU, we noticed that we raised the clock speed too high too quickly, instantly leading to an increase in GPU temperature. So we disabled GPU overclocking using GPU overclocking software, like MSI Afterburner, and saw a decrease in temperature. Furthermore, find out if overclocking can damage GPU in any way.

Reset GPU Overclocking
Reset GPU Overclocking (Image By Tech4Gamers)
Tip: If you want to push your graphics card to its limits by overclocking it for long sessions, we recommend investing in a better cooling solution, as most stock cooling solutions aren’t able to handle that kind of load.

Inspect Drivers

We always recommend keeping your GPU drivers updated unless there’s an exception of a faulty driver. GPU manufacturers continue to fine-tune your graphics card with driver updates to improve its performance, so make sure to update your graphics drivers.

However, if your GPU drivers are updated to the latest version and you are still experiencing a rise in your temperatures, roll back to the previous version of your driver and observe if that brings the temperature down. 

Roll Back Driver
Roll Back Driver (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Undervolt Your GPU

Undervolting a GPU means lowering the voltage supplied to the GPU while maintaining its clock speeds, thus reducing power consumption and heat output while still achieving similar performance. We used MSI Afterburner for our graphics card, which did the trick.

Undervolt GPU
Undervolt GPU (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Tweak Fan Curves

Check if your GPU is running at default fan speeds, and increase the fan speed curve. In cases of severe overheating, we set the fan curve to its maximum, and although it made some fan noise, it effectively toned down the temperatures for us.

Adjust Fan Speed
Adjust Fan Speed (Image By Tech4Gamers)
Important: Make sure all the power connectors are intact and fan bearings are working properly. If that does not solve the problem, you might have to replace the fans.

Optimize In-Game Settings for High-End Games

If you notice the GPU heating too much while playing certain games,  lower graphical features like quality, resolution, and texture. Moreover, play on a slightly lower FPS to reduce the burden on your GPU, ensuring it doesn’t heat up during high-end gaming.

Hardware Based Solutions

If neither of the previously mentioned software-based solutions did the trick, try these hardware-based solutions that involve thorough inspection, repair, and replacement of the hardware to bring the GPU temperatures down.

Clean Your GPU

Use a blower to clear dust and dirt from the GPU and surrounding components. Then, take a clean cotton swab to wipe it down, with extra focus on the fan area, which tends to collect the most dust.

For a more thorough cleaning, remove the cooler by unscrewing the heatsink, but be cautious with wires and cables. We’ve found this routine maintenance to be effective in preventing heat-related issues.

WARNING: Remember to disconnect the GPU from the motherboard before initiating the cleaning process, or you may end up damaging the critical components or face issues such as GPU artifacting.

Replace The Thermal Paste

Replacing the thermal paste is another way to cool down the temperature, and we brought down our GPU temperature by 2 to 5°C with this. We unscrewed the heatsink to take the graphics card apart and gently removed the cooler.

Old Thermal Paste On GPU
Old Thermal Paste On GPU (Image By Tech4Gamers)

In our hands-on experience, we used alcohol wipes to remove the old thermal paste from the GPU thoroughly and then applied a new layer. After reassembling the GPU with the heatsink and cooler, we observed the results.

This process notably reduced GPU temperatures; thus, we highly recommend it for optimal cooling. Learn how long a thermal paste lasts and replace it before its efficiency runs out.

Tip: Use plenty of thermal paste and spread it evenly for efficient cooling.

Improve Airflow In Your Case

Achieving proper PC case airflow is essential to allow your GPU to cool itself down. Make sure you have placed all your fans in the correct orientation so they can pull the cool air in and push the hot air out. Remember to adjust the fan speed for efficient cooling.

We took out the lateral panel on our PC case for better ventilation, which significantly brought down the GPU temperature.

Example Of Good PC Case Airflow (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Invest In Water Cooling

Investing in an excellent water-cooling solution is a tried and tested solution for GPU temperature reduction. Water-cooling the GPU and CPU is a part of our PC build and is super effective.

Avoid Crypto Mining Or Keep It To A Minimum

Mining can be quite detrimental for your GPU, primarily because it produces excess heat as a byproduct. If your mining rig is operational throughout the day, especially at temperatures over 80°C  or 90°C, the GPU would be at a high risk of sustaining severe damage that could impact its lifespan.

Provide Sufficient Power

The GPU could heat up quickly if the power supply fails to provide a steady current. Check if there is an insufficient power supply and replace it if that is the case. When choosing a PSU, opt for a high-quality option to ensure adequate current. It is also wise to know how long a power supply unit lasts so you can ensure timely replacement.

Power Supply Unit
Power Supply Unit (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Is My GPU Getting Too Hot?

Overclocking the GPU, using low-quality thermal paste, and insufficient power supply can cause it to overheat.

How Can I Lower My GPU Temperature?

Reduce GPU temperature by replacing its thermal paste, blowing away the dust, and turning off overclocking.

What Is The Optimal GPU Temperature?

Try keeping the GPU temperature within 75°Cto 80°C for longevity and safety.

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