Graphics Processing Unit is the soul of the gaming PC. Without a GPU, PC is like a living-dead. There are hundreds of GPUs available in the market with different specifications and varying temperature limits. You should always watch over the GPU temperature range before it hit more than the safe limit. The problem is that many gamers are unaware of the techniques of checking their GPU temp and have no clue how to lower it down.

I will talk briefly about how to check GPU temp, what is the average GPU temp and how to stay in the safe zone. So, let’s get started! But before we get into the details, let’s recap the basics in case you’re new to gaming and have little information on what temp should your GPU be maintained at?

What is the Safe Temperature for GPU?

How hot your GPU can get? What is the safe limit, and what is the indication of a problem? GPU temperature doesn’t matter if your graphic card is simply used to play games of mediocre resolution. But if your PC is an older version or you are overclocking your graphic cards, then your GPU can exceed the safe temperature. This is why GPU temp monitoring is vital.

Don’t worry! GPU temperature monitoring isn’t difficult at all. It is pretty simple and can be done with many free PC GPU Temp checking tools. If you are on a Windows PC, then you will need a third party software as Windows doesn’t offer an easy way to check the GPU temp.

Most GPUs’ safe temperature limit is 55°C-65°C. If your GPU temperature exceeds 70°C, it means you will need to do some tricks to bring it back to the safe limit.

How to check GPU Temperature? 

As mentioned earlier, there’s an army of Graphic cards available in the market. Still, we will talk about the two GPUs which are more popular and proven to be used by the majority of gamers and PC manufacturers. 

  1. AMD Radeon Graphics Card
  2. Nvidia’s GeForce Graphics Card

How to check the Temperature of your AMD GPU?

AMD graphics card comes with an overlay that can be used to tweak the game’s visual as well as it also offers a “Performance Monitoring” tool that shows GPU’s temperature. 

To activate the tool in your AMD graphics unit, follow these steps:

  • Press Alt + R to activate the Monitoring tool
  • Select the aspects you want to keep on the tab of the monitoring performance tool
  • Once setup, you can bring the tool on your monitor by pressing Crtl + Shift + 0

If you are not an active gamer but have installed the AMD GPU, you can still check the GPU temperature by wading into AMD Radeon’s Wattman Overclocking tool. 

  1. Right-click on the Windows desktop
  2. Select Radeon settings
  3. Now, select ‘Gaming’
  4. Go to ‘Global Settings’
  5. Click on Global Wattman
  6. Check the ‘Graphs’ appear on the screen
  7. Here you can track GPU temperature

How to check GPU Temp on Nvidia’s GeForce?

According to a survey conducted by the Steam hardware, Nvidia’s GeForce holds a 75% share for all GPUs in gaming PCs. Unfortunately, Nvidia GeForce doesn’t offer a built-in tool for checking GPU temp. Here you will need third-party tools to monitor GPU temperature. 

Based on our research, we would recommend users to opt for MSI’s Afterburner tool for its versatile features. This tool works with numerous GPUs, especially Nvidia and AMD. Let’s move on to the procedure now!

  1. Open the Application by clicking on its icon
  2. Go to ‘Settings’
  3. Fine-tune the “On Screen Display” performance monitoring
  4. You can check the GPU temperature in the report

This tool also helps to monitor and tracking GPU temperature if you are going for an aggressive overclock.  

We now know that our GPU temperature has exceeded the safe limit, what to do now? Here are seven best tips to bring back the safe GPU temperature.

7 Tips to lower GPU Temp

Keeping your GPU at a safe temperature is very important to avoid burning your PC. Here are seven useful tips to achieve an average GPU temperature. 

1. Check Your Thermal Paste

In most cases, the thermal paste of your graphics card is dried out, causing it to increase the temperature. In such a scenario, all you need to do is change the Thermal paste. Always choose the best thermal paste available, or it may be more problematic for you. If it is your first time changing the thermal paste, then do a bit of research and find out the difference between Paste, Greece, and Pad. 

2. Dusts your GPU Off

Specks of dust around the edges of the fan and in between the balds may cause it to malfunction. Clean it up!

The following are the things that you will need to clean the dust. 

  1. Blower
  2. Baby Wipes
  3. Screw Driver

Now follow the instructions:

  1. First wipe out the edges of the GPU
  2. Unscrew the nut bolts
  3. Separate the cooler from the graphic card
  4. Lay the fan upside down
  5. Use the air blower and clean the dust
  6. Use the wipes and clean the GPU
  7. Assemble the fan back
  8. Plug the fan back
  9. Install it and tighten the screw back

Make sure your fitted everything correctly. It will improve the performance of your GPU to a great extent. 

3. Better Airflow Around the Case

Fans placement in your PC case is vital for proper airflow. Having very few or too many fans in your PC case can result in a dead spot where air can’t reach. To keep your GPU temp down, it is highly important to keep an eye on your Fans position. 

Another thing that you should not forget is that your fan slot should be occupied with fans, leaving them vacant increase the chances to gather dust inside the case body. 

Buying the right fan for your GPU is also very important. Keep checking the GPU temperature while gaming and keep it minimum to 50°C-60°C.

4. Buy a Water Cooling System for your GPU

Why adding and replacing your system with fans when you can spare some more cash and buy a Water Cooling system if you have an overclocked GPU with a regular fan, then chances are your GPU temp will keep rising. Instead, if you use an overclocked GPU/s with a cooling system, it will maintain the temperature to lower than 50°C.

5. Be Careful with Driver Updates

In most cases, gamers have witnessed a rise in temperature when updating a new driver instead of a low temperature. When you update a driver, keep checking the temperature and rollback to the old driver if your temp is kept increasing. 

It is experienced that a minimum 10°C increases after a driver update. 

6. Avoid Overclocking

A gamer should avoid overclocking the GPUs when having a generic fan or cooler. If you must have to overclock a GPU, make sure your have installed a cooling water system in your PC. 

7. Better Speed with Underclock GPU

Gamers clock the GPU to increase its speed. This not only benefits in terms of speed, but it also increases the lifespan of your GPU card. 

In most cases, we recommend using third-party tools to maintain and monitor GPU temperature. 

So Is your GPU in the safe limit?

If you don’t want to spend too much in replacing your GPU every now and then, it’s better to keep your GPU temp low. 

I hope this article has briefly explained everything you need to know regarding GPU temperature, how to monitor and track it, and, most of all, tips to keep it at a good GPU temperature. Let us know your thoughts and mentioned if we have missed any point.


Sabih is the founder and chief editor of The Usables. He's a creative thinker, entrepreneur and data-driven individual who loves to share his views with big audience. He likes talking about technology and playing video games. A foodie by choice and marketer by profession, and a proud father!

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