Graphics cards are vital for great gaming experiences, and most gamers ensure they install the best GPUs on their gaming computers. That way, they enjoy high-quality images and other benefits.
Here are some tips for prolonging the lifespan of your GPU:
Add an Aftermarket GPU Fan
Typically, GPUs come with their cooling systems and heat sink that perform flawlessly. However, you can find aftermarket GPU fans whose performance is far better. The fans are designed to facilitate a better air distribution since they have 2 or 3 fans.
They may also have more durable fans with higher RPM enhancing efficiency at cooling. It would be best to invest in aftermarket fans if you intend to overclock your GPU to push its limits. But if you are using the GPU within the normal limits, you can rely on the cooling system that comes with the GPU because it performs well.
Underclock the GPU Clock Speed
Although the usual thing is to have GPU overclocked to achieve more benefits in more frames in games, you can intentionally underclock a GPU for safety if it is powerful enough to achieve what you want. When you underclock your GPU, it will offer you several benefits despite its ability to do more than you need. Some of the advantages include less stress to the GPU, which extends its lifespan, and saves power.
Dust the Graphics Card Regularly
Similarly, a stand fan or a desk fan accumulates specks of dust with time; graphics cards too accumulate dust and need constant dusting from time to time. Accumulation of dust on and around the fan results in poor performance by the fan and the entire cooling system.
Due to the need to alleviate the high temperatures, the system will have to draw more power from the supply to do higher RPMs. The dust eventually affects the whole system and even increases power consumption.
All the above measures are meant to lower the GPU temperature, which can lead to problems if not checked. You can also keep the entire system in a well-ventilated place to allow free air movement to lower the temperature because heat can damage the system.