How to Undervolt your GPU for better Temperatures full guide!
Gaming hardcore can be a relaxing session for you, but not necessarily for your Computer! As your computer runs on electricity (Big news) hence, they tend to get hot over time and that’s very normal. However, you might want to get a little worried if those temperatures start to get out of hand. GPU temperatures anywhere above 90∘Celcius are a matter of concern. High temperatures can not only shorten the life of your PC components but also make you suffer from unbearable fps drops.
Ideal temperatures for your CPU
An ideal temperature of a CPU is around 60-80degrees. Anywhere above that is not normal and requires to be fixed as soon as possible. High temperatures can shorten the life of your computer and lead to major issues like thermal throttling.
Is there a way to keep the CPU temperatures under control with
Now Firstly What Is Undervolting, and how can it reduce your GPU temperatures?
Undervolting is a process through which the voltage being supplied to the processor or other components (in this case GPU) is decreased. It simply reduces the voltage being directed to the components. Here in this case we will be working on reducing the amount of voltage your graphics card receives at a particular core clock speed!
Important! Before progressing it’s important to know what you are doing, and read everything you need to know about undervolting here.
Will this affect my gaming performance?
No, you will see no drop in the framerate and if any at all it wouldn’t be noticeable. If you are looking to improve the overall windows performance and optimize its gaming performance read our guide on how to optimize windows and make it faster here!
Is it healthy?
It will not affect your GPU’s Health at all. However, if you decrease the voltage too much the Graphic Card might act unstable which can be easily fixed! It is in fact a must-do for laptop users as it will not only reduce your temperatures but also improve your battery life.
Before starting it’s important you know what we are doing here! We will be reducing the voltage reaching your graphics card at a particular clock speed. It’s good practice to run a benchmark on your system by doing a stress test on your GPU and making notes about the frequency your GPU hits at 100% usage.
Get your Undervolting tools ready
- Go ahead and download and install MSI Afterburner from here. Upon opening, you will see the following screen.
- While MSI afterburner is on your screen, hit CTRL+F on your keyboard to open the Frequency-voltage Graph.
This Graph represents the voltage (X-axis) getting supplied to the GPU at a particular frequency rate(Y-axis). We here plan on increasing the frequency at a particular mV value it is getting at present.
Safely decrease your GPU temperatures
In order to make sure your GPU doesn’t start acting all unstable and does stuff, you want to make sure you follow the ‘test and progress’ method. Test a certain value, see if everything is at peace, then move forward and try to go even higher.
- My recommendation would be to test different values and see what suits your System.
- Slowly you can try increasing the Frequency value on a particular voltage value.
- You should be taking a gap of 25mV and increasing the frequency values corresponding to them.
- Move the point on the curve which corresponds to 975mV and move it up to the highest frequency your card reached (in this case 1890)during the benchmark.
- The goal is to maximize the frequency your card can reach at a lower voltage value.
- This allows the card to reach higher speeds with less power consumption
- Apply your settings, Test and see the results if everything works fine you are good to go and try undervolting your card further.
It’s not possible to fry up your GPU since you are only decreasing the voltage not increasing it at worst your GPU might act unstable due to less power, which can always be fixed by resetting the values.
Once done with the testing and everything works out fine you are good to go! It is highly advised to run heavy run tests on your GPU to make sure it can run stably for longer hours!
Voila! You have successfully Undervolted your GPU, now it should be able to maintain better temperatures overall and better clock speeds even at higher temperatures.
Check out our guide on how to undervolt any Ryzen CPU here.