Keep Video Card from Overheating - Overlocking Video Card

Playing today`s latest computer games can put stress on your video card. As a result of this, your video card can get pretty hot and in some cases overheat to an unsafe threshold. Most higher-end video cards come with adequate cooling, but in my opinion, most lower-mid-grade fans do not.

After using an ATI X1600PRO video card, I noticed that the card would get as high as 70c-80c range, this resulted in a less frames per second in some games and a noticeable decrease in game performance.

Considering my video card is still quite good, I didn`t feel it was right to buy a new card, so instead I just bought a VGA Cooler. The one in particular was the Fatal1ty Dual Heatpipe VGA Cooler. Basically you can replace your factory VGA Fan with this one, it also comes with a speed control, and memory coolers for the Video Cards Memory.

Ultimately, I saw a decrease from an original 45c at IDLE to about 33c, and an amazing decrease from 73c in game to about a 43c maximum in game. My video card will not get hotter then 43c.

I would suggest going to newegg.com and typing in "VGA Cooler", you are not limited to just the Fatal1ty series Coolers, I just like them the best, plus they glow RED for you gamers who like illumination in your case.

Overclocking your Video Card
I also have overclocked my video card using the ATI Catalyst Control Panel`s "ATI OVERDRIVE" feature, and the temperature hasn`t gotten any hotter, if you plan on doing any Overclocking, it is highly recommended that you have adequate cooling.

If you have an NVIDIA video card, you can overclock them using a program called: Riva Tuner

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Cody

Posted on: Jun 13, 2008 10:07 pm

Personally I dont care for ati much, I use nvidia cards so i went out and bought a heatsink kit, it came with 1 sq inch heatsinks that i cut in half and stuck on each individual ram chip on my old 5500fx, that increased performance and once i put the new cooler on it ran at a temperature of 130F max

Phil

Posted on: Jun 13, 2008 10:02 pm

Very Interesting, worked on my X1600 Pro!

Thanks!