GPU WAY TOO HOT
One of the oldest issues that have plagued gaming computers is that the fans follow the CPU sensor and that doesn’t get hot enough while gaming.
Your GPU ends up running way hotter than it should and with a reduced lifespan. This is especially pronounced in GPU-bound scenarios. Fans should always follow the hottest component.
CORSAIR AND NZXT’S SOLUTION
For users with NZXT or Corsair CPU coolers they can set their coolers to follow the GPU sensor using the NZXT Cam or Corsair iCue software.
However this is limited to a single sensor for control, which creates a potential for overheating of the component not being monitored.
MR. ROBOT’S APP-FREE FAN CONTROL SOLUTION
- Use the motherboard fan headers for all fans.
- Determine the gaming temperatures and adjust the fan curve(s) accordingly in the system BIOS in a manner that maintains consistent fan speed throughout the minimum and maximum CPU temperature range while gaming.
- Set the idle temp to 0-20% fan speed to limit dust collection.
- Set TjMax temp to 100% fan speed to signal overheating.
See table below for example, these settings work well with a CPU that idles at 30C and games between 50-70C:
THE NO BLOAT APP ALTERNATIVES
FanControl. You can use multiple temperature sensors to control the fans with the Mix feature. No matter which component is getting hot, your fans are able to respond appropriately.
Avoid the manufacturer software in favor of these open source alternatives for maximum system performance, cooling efficacy, and lifespan.
For RGB, use OpenRGB:
For Fans, use FanControl: