How to find out the temperature of a video card
In this article, we’ll talk about the temperature of the video card, namely, with what programs it can be found out, what are the normal operating values and a little touch on what to do if the temperature is higher than safe.
All the programs described work equally well in Windows 10, 8 and Windows 7. The information presented below will be useful to both owners of NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards and those with an ATI / AMD GPU. You can also read my articles on how to find out the temperature of the processor of a computer and laptop.
To find out the temperature of a video card, the following utilities and programs will help us:
One of these programs is Piriform Speccy, it is completely free and you can download it in the form of an installer or portable version.
Right after launch, in the main window of the program you will see the main components of your computer, including the model of the video card and its current temperature.
While preparing to write this article, I came across another simple GPU Temp program, the only function of which is to show the temperature of the video card, and if necessary, it can “hang” in the Windows notification area and show the state of heating when you mouse over.
Also, in the GPU Temp program (if you leave it to work), a graph of the temperature of the video card is kept, that is, you can see how much it heated up during the game, already finished playing.
Another free program that will help you get almost any information about your video card is temperature, memory frequencies and GPU cores, memory usage, fan speed, supported functions and much more.
Normal temperature during operation
As for the operating temperature of the video card, there are different opinions, one thing is certain: these values are higher than for the central processor and may differ depending on the specific video card.
Here’s what you can find on the official NVIDIA website:
NVIDIA GPUs are designed to work reliably at maximum declared temperatures. This temperature is different for different GPUs, but in general it is 105 degrees Celsius. When the maximum temperature of the video card is reached, the driver will start throttling (skipping clock cycles, artificially slowing down). If this does not lead to a drop in temperature, the system will automatically shut down to avoid damage.
Maximum temperatures are similar for AMD / ATI graphics cards.
However, this does not mean that you should not worry when the temperature of the video card reaches 100 degrees – a value above 90-95 degrees for a long time can already lead to a reduction in the life of the device and is not quite normal (except for peak loads on overclocked video cards) – in this case, you should think about how to make it cooler.
Otherwise, depending on the model, the normal temperature of the video card (which has not been overclocked) is considered to be from 30 to 60 in the absence of its active use and to 95 if it is actively involved in games or programs that use the GPU.
What to do if the video card overheats
If the temperature of your video card is always above normal values, and in games you notice throttling effects (they start to slow down some time after the start of the game, although this is not always associated with overheating), then here are a few priority things to pay attention to:
Is the computer case well ventilated enough – is it not standing with the back wall against the wall, and the side wall facing the table so that the ventilation holes are blocked.
Dust in the case and on the cooler of the video card.
Is there enough space in the case for normal air circulation. Ideally, a large and visually semi-empty case, rather than a dense interweaving of wires and boards.
Other possible problems: the cooler or coolers of the video card cannot rotate at the desired speed (dirt, malfunction), the thermal paste needs to be replaced with the GPU, the power supply malfunctions (they can also lead to the malfunction of the video card, including temperature increase).
If you can fix any of this yourself, fine; if not, you can find instructions on the Internet or call someone who knows this.