How to reduce GPU temperature of a laptop

How to reduce GPU temperature of a laptop

GPU aka Graphics card is a special designed processor to handle image processing. But, in laptops due to small chassis, and low airflow within the chassis, during heavy graphics handling and other computing such as Virtualization where more than one machines are setup, excessive heat produced and increase the GPU temperature.

Ideal temperature for GPU varies from 65 to 85°C considering normal conditions. However, it varies according to the model and the manufacturer. There are some GPU’s which can normally go over the range of 90°C without any negative consequences although they may reduce the lifespan of some cards to some extent.

No matter what the scenario is, there are always some fruitful ways to lower down the GPU’s temperature to a safer range.

1: Replace Thermal Paste:

While examining the problem, it was clear that some thermal pastes of the graphic’s cards usually dry out. By simply replacing the thermal paste, the temperature can reduce.

2: Have the required knowledge needed of the GPU:

Considering your budget, you must choose the best performing thermal paste according to the marketplace which works effectively to avoid problems.

3: Wipe of the dust:

Molecules of dust can serve as the fundamental cause of defective fans not doing their job properly. Wiping off the dust could enhance the ability of fans thus reducing the temperature of the GPU drastically in a laptop.

To harmlessly clear the dust off, we can use baby wipes, screwdriver, or compressed air.

4: Grant better Airflow in the case:

Improving fan placements inside the case can also help in reducing GPU’s temperature. Its better to either reduce the number of fans or add the fans you currently have. Sometimes outnumbered or reduced number of fans can lead to a blockage of air flow due to dead spots, which leads to inefficient airflow in the case.

5: Go for a new case:

Before considering the requirement of new fans, conducting the “open case test” might help you out to make a better decision. We can run this test smoothly by playing a few games and letting the GPU run for a good 5-10 minutes.

Then conducting the same procedure with the case opened, we need to monitor the temperature difference. If the temperature difference comes out to be big, consider getting a case with a greater number of fans to allow a compelling advancement in the airflow.

6: Use a GPU water cooling system:

Water cooling system are impeccable for overclocked GPU’s.

7: Shift to previous GPU driver:

A mass number of gamers experienced a rise in temperature rather than fall after a driver update. Temperatures can rise to 10 (degree Celsius) after an update. In case of new updates, always try them out consciously while monitoring the temperature difference and how it behaves.

In the case of an increase in the temperature after graphic car’s update, roll back to the anterior version to avoid further problems. This has been a very cliché problem for many gamers and shifting back to the previous drivers usually does the deception.

9: Disable Overclocking:

With a non-specific aftermarket fan or a stock cooler is strictly prohibited and not appreciated at all.

Christophe Rude
Christophe Rude
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