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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.
How Hot Can a GPU Be?
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.
If you are unsure how to check your GPU temperatures, then 3rd party software should help you with that. Below are our recommended softwares 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.
Ways to Lower GPU Temperatures
Replace Thermal Paste
There are a number of cases where the graphics card’s thermal paste dried out. Simply replacing the thermal compound usually solves the problem.
You want to use the best thermal paste in the market at the moment or at least use the best performing thermal paste for your budget. Know the difference of thermal paste, pad, and grease here before making any selection.
If this is going to be your first time resetting or changing the GPU thermal paste, read our guide on how to correctly apply the paste first to get the best temperature output.
Clean the Dusts Off
Specks of dust are among the main reasons why the fans aren’t doing the jobs effectively. Getting rid of the bags of dust that accumulated in the GPU could result to massive improvements in temperature.
To safely clean the dust off of your GPU, you need:
- Can of compressed air
- Baby wipes
Wipe the outside of the graphics card to get rid of the dust.
Use the screw to unscrew the graphics card.
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.
Take the fan outside in a well-ventilated area and use the compressed air to get rid of the dusts.
Use the baby wipes and screw to clean the fans.
Use the baby wipes and wipe the dusts off from the graphics card.
eave everything to dry before assembling the card.
Plug the fan back to the card.
Screw everything back together.
Check that everything is fitted before connecting it back to your computer.