karmapolice_22 Sep 25, 2013 @ 11:17am
Safe GPU Temperature
When I first got Skyrim, it was running on my GT 545 at almost 100 C even at medium setting. Way too high. So I have used Nvidia Inspector to set global FPS to 30, and then set the FPS for Skyrim so the temperature does not go above 80.

That is generally OK for open scenery, but results in quite a bit of graphic lag in dungeons.

I could raise the max temperature to 85, but is i really OK to run for prolongued periods at that sort of temperature ? I'm certainly not going as high as 90.
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Dr. Shocks . DO Sep 25, 2013 @ 11:26am 
Clean out your tower, perhaps get better cooling options [better fans], etc...

P8ragon Sep 25, 2013 @ 11:35am 
^this. Vacuum your fans and pc. The highest temps you SHOULD hit, depending on GPU of course, should still be below 90C
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Duqu Sep 25, 2013 @ 11:38am 
are you using any software that controls your fan depending how hot it gets? MSI afterburner is a good one, you set it up how you want. If you want the fan at 100% all the time you can do that, so your card will become less hot.
karmapolice_22 Sep 25, 2013 @ 11:41am 
It's nothing to do with dust in the PC.
WUT ? Sep 25, 2013 @ 11:42am 
use ndivia driver 314.22
it's then last known compitable driver for 500 series Graphics card
later versions are mainly for 600 & 700 series
to install this one you have to reinstall your OS
otherwise it won't make any difference due to settings & registry of newer driver in machine

do this:
reinstall os
install driver version 314.22 & see the temperature it should be around 65-70

source: i had excect same problem for 560ti with latest driver so I reinstall os & instelled 314.22
have no problem since..
karmapolice_22 Sep 25, 2013 @ 11:53am 
Originally posted by Nobody:
use ndivia driver 314.22
it's then last known compitable driver for 500 series Graphics card
later versions are mainly for 600 & 700 series
to install this one you have to reinstall your OS
otherwise it won't make any difference due to settings & registry of newer driver in machine

do this:
reinstall os
install driver version 314.22 & see the temperature it should be around 65-70

source: i had excect same problem for 560ti with latest driver so I reinstall os & instelled 314.22
have no problem since..


Somehow I don't think reverting back 13 versions of driver ( the latest is 327.23 ) is the best idea in the world. I know for a fact it will make other stuff unplayable. Second Life, for example, is very fussy about driver version...because the driver also includes the latest OpenGL updates.

I've managed fine with Crysis ( very GPU intensive ) with my GPU, and even the Resident Evil demo I tried a few weeks back was fine. Skyrim has had graphic lag issues right from the start.

Seems to be primarily in dungeons, where there is fire and rapid shadow changes. Doesn't seem to be any way I can just switch that off.

Gatecrasher Sep 25, 2013 @ 11:59am 
my gtx 295 used to hit temps of 105c. was just a simple driver rollback that sorted it
Bigboomer (One hand) Sep 25, 2013 @ 12:02pm 
Originally posted by karmapolice_22:
It's nothing to do with dust in the PC.

Dust can block vents/fans, preventing airflow. This will increase temperature as the heat cannot escape. Not likely the sole reason, but it contributes.

MSI afterburner with on screen display is great for FPS/GPU temps, below 85 is healthy. My card runs 78-79degrees.

I ran an older Geforce card hard (100+ degrees) often. I blew the capacitors on the card and fried it completely. Not recommended.
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Zhnu Sep 25, 2013 @ 12:02pm 
You could change the thermal paste in the graphic card mby it dryed out and that's why you getting those temps.
Safe for me is below 95º but your card wont last long if you keep thos temps
karmapolice_22 Sep 25, 2013 @ 12:28pm 
I have fixed it now. No graphic lag, and max temp still set to 80

It seems the problem was ( ironically ) that I had some settings tweaked too low. I've had this before in another game, where very low settings allow very high FPS and that in turn leads to high temperature.....so ironically, very low settings can fry your GPU as readily as ultra.
Hamsterbytes , bits and nibbles Sep 25, 2013 @ 2:11pm 
nice thoughts
Hamsterbytes , bits and nibbles Sep 25, 2013 @ 2:20pm 
And I disabled it and all was well: 560ti
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