Is turning up my GPU fan speed safe?

Discussion in 'Video Cards and Monitors' started by brendanr55, Jul 24, 2015.

  1. brendanr55

    brendanr55 New Member

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    I have a gtx 980 and I have been using the program MSI Afterburner and I am curious if turning up the gpu fan speed could have any potential side effects that I am unaware of besides of the slight increase of noise. The default setting for fan % on this program was set to 24% and i upped it to 60%. If that is too high or another percent is recommend also let me know.


    Thanks,
    Brendan
     
  2. beers

    beers Moderator Staff Member

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    Not really a problem, you could argue comparative increased wear on the fan from a higher average RPM for its lifespan but nothing really substantial.

    What kind of load temps are you looking at?
     
  3. brendanr55

    brendanr55 New Member

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    With the fan speed upped to 60% playing League of legends at 35C Gpu temp and 40 CPU temp. Will run a stress test after this game
     
  4. beers

    beers Moderator Staff Member

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    You have plenty of thermal headroom to turn it down if the noise is too much. A lot of GPUs are fine up through the 80s-90s.

    League isn't really a good indicator of load though, my 290 doesn't even get out of 2d clocks in that environment.
     
  5. brendanr55

    brendanr55 New Member

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    Ok sorry it took so long, had some things to do. But i ran 3DMark with the gpu fan set at 60% and these are the results: http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/7882776?

    Not sure if the temps are on that page as well but my max temps were

    GPU: 71c
    CPU: 50c
     
  6. lincsman

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    Basically your best bet is cooling your room down if at all possible. I have cranked fan speeds up to 100% and it barely made a difference. Just this night I was playing a game and my fans started revving up automatically, and it's kind of cool out so I opened my window, and no fast fan speeds. Alternatively you could look at water cooling, which seems to not have taken a big leap of popularity for some reason.
     
  7. brendanr55

    brendanr55 New Member

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    Im nervous about water cooling. I bought an H100i aio liquid cooler and haven't used it at all yet. I've been using a noctua NH-D14 cpu fan. I'm just uneasy about the idea of putting any kind of liquid in my PC as the graphics card alone is worth a pretty penny
     
  8. Praetor

    Praetor Administrator Staff Member

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    If it eases your mind a bit you're not really putting water directly in the computer (as in "you're not pouring liquid in") but rather you're putting something that happens to have water in it, in your computer (i.e. putting a waterbottle in your computer case).

    Dont slice up the hoses and you'll be fine ;)
     
  9. Geoff

    Geoff VIP Member

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    True, but to his concern water leakage can occur where the tubing meets the block if not properly connected.
     
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