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In a recent post I talked about how heat can really affect the performance of your graphics card and some ways in which modern cards have been adapted to help you with this problem. However, if you fancy really pushing that card to the edges of its performance, you may want to consider covering all your cooling bases. Here are five ways to keep that graphics card (and your PC) cool.

 

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1. More fans

This is a fairly obvious, albeit noisy, option. You can throw fans at the problem and hope that it goes away. However, as I mentioned earlier, it can get noisy, even if you invest in the quietest of the quiet fans on the market. It is a fairly easy option though, so worth considering if you’re on a budget or in a rush.

2.  Thermal paste

This stuff, also known as thermal grease/gel/compound, basically helps that heat sink of yours to pull the heat away. You can get different varieties that have varying levels of effectiveness and a quick online search will land you plenty of debates as to which one is the best. Be careful in your application and try not to get it between the heat sink and the component, that won’t help at all…

3. Water

This is one of my personal favourites although I’ve never actually done it. This is when you create a gorgeous water cooled machine that can handle extreme temperatures with ease, looks amazing and demands a bit of care. However, if you have a super cool high-end kit, then this is a fab solution that is, to all accounts, easy to install!

4. Manage your airflow

This should be near the beginning really, as it can be great to spend hours adding pastes and fans but if your PC is thrust into a dark and crowded corner with no air, it will get hot no matter what. Make sure it has breathing room, that it sits in a space that’s open and unobstructed and that there are no piles of stuff blocking the air flow to the PC.

5. Dust

Funny stuff, dust. It is such an innocuous thing that seems to appear out of nowhere (see how it is formed here, fascinating) and gets into everything. Just when you think you’ve cleaned the whole place, there is an entirely new layer of the stuff to deal with. It clogs the fans, lies on components, slows things down and, according to this report, the most susceptible components are those with heatsinks like your GPU.

Disclaimer: I am not suggesting you do these and, if you do, the onus is on you. Make sure you get expert help and guidance with some of these options before you dive in.

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