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Maximizing GPU Lifespan

This article applies to gamers only and is not relevant for those with regular computers as they do not have a discrete GPU
  1. Make sure you have enough fresh air coming into your system. It’s more important than exhaust.
  2. Set system fans to follow GPU temp rather than CPU temp.
    • For Corsair and NZXT CPU cooler owners, this can be done in their respective apps by changing the sensor from CPU to GPU. However this method is limited to one sensor.
    • For everyone else, this can be done with the FanControl app.
    • Configure fan curves so fans are off or low RPM at idle temp and ramp to 65-83% max at the temp your GPU usually runs at (usually 60C on my builds).
    • Avoid using 84-100% fan speed unless you have inadequate system cooling as this reduces the fan lifespan while increasing noise and dust collection, which leads to performance deterioration from overheating/lack of airflow.
    • It’s important to make sure top part of your fan curve either ends below your lowest average GPU temp while loaded or is a plateau. This allows for some wiggle room for jumps in temps so they don’t make your fan speed change. See here:


  3. Clean and repaste GPU every 2 years.
    • With gaming laptops, this may be needed annually.
  4. Use the global Max Frame Rate feature in nVidia control panel to prevent your GPU from working too hard to make FPS beyond what the monitor can show (refresh rate) & reduce system latency.

    I usually set this to 4-6 frames below the monitor refresh rate.

    120 = 116 | 144 = 140 | 165 = 160 | 240 = 234



    I also recommend enabling low latency mode.
  5. Some games benefit greatly from the Prefer Maximum Performance setting, to keep the card boosted through low-demand portions of the game, however beware this may have a negligible effect on lifespan as the GPU will never be given any breaks while a game is running.

  6. Use the nVidia FrameView app for system thermal and performance awareness while playing games.


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