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#1 2013-07-16 20:59:28

ttouch
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Registered: 2012-05-27
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[SOLVED] My nvidia GPU is stupid

I have a Nvidia GeForce 9800GT which after a min or two after the boot, will run its fan crazy for no reason at all. I use awesome WM and nothing gpu hungry.
The temperature is @59-60C. I just manually set the speed to 50% and the temp is @60-61, so no reason to run at 75% and make such noise.
My question is if there is any option or program to enable smart GPU fan control, or if it is ok (will it damage my card?) to run my own script (it will get the temp and apply the speed accordingly with a daemon)

Last edited by ttouch (2013-07-20 20:35:35)

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#2 2013-07-19 07:43:19

straykat
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Re: [SOLVED] My nvidia GPU is stupid

ttouch,
          I have one of these cards on my machine & have not seen this behaviour. Mine runs at 50°C +/- 5 with a fan speed of 1200 to 1300rpm +/- some.

Can you please post up some more info such as; do you use the nouveau driver or the nvidia? Are you on a x64 or a x32 system? When did this behaviour start?, after a driver update? Is this reproducible using a "live" CD or USB?

On the hardware side, have you cleaned out the GPU's heat sink & fan? Have you checked that the GPU & it's heat sink are seated correctly? Have you checked the condition of the thermal paste? Does your case have adequate ventilation?

It would be better to find the cause & solve that rather than try to override the cards onboard fan control.

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#3 2013-07-20 20:35:19

ttouch
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Re: [SOLVED] My nvidia GPU is stupid

You were so right. I cleaned the card with some air and it is stable at 51C.
Sorry for the bad post (not enough info given)

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