Why does my EVGA graphics card run hot?

Last Update: 2018/04/25

Graphics card temperatures typically range from 30°C to 40°C at idle and from 60°C to 85°C under load. Most high end video cards typically have a maximum temperature between 95°C-105°C, at which point the system will shut off to prevent damage. A video card is not considered to be overheating until it exceeds 90°c under load.

You can see the maximum temperature of a specific video card on Nvidia's Hardware page for that card here: HERE. Choose your graphics card with "More Info", then click "SPECS and then "View Full Specs" to get the "Maximum GPU Temperature (in C)" for that card.

Many things can affect your graphics card's temperature. The ambient temperature in the room, the number of fans in your system along with the airflow layout, how many components are in the system, dust buildup on the card and in the heatsink/fan, and the speed of the graphics card fan all directly affect your temperatures. Ensuring you have enough fans for your case and that your cables are neat and out of the way along with dusting your system with canned air on a regular basis can help keep your temperatures down.

If you are not sure if you have a good airflow layout, test your card with the side panel removed. Removing the side panel will ensure that sufficient ambient air reaches the card to allow it to cool properly. If you notice 3-4C or greater of temperature drop, under load, then the airflow in the system can likely be improved.

You can use our Precision XOC software to manage and control your fan speed by setting the fan to run at a higher speed or by creating a custom fan curve to keep temperatures lower. You can get Precision XOC: HERE.

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