How to Tweak Fan Speed to Auto for NVIDIA Video Cards

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A graphics processing unit, no different from the microprocessor installed to your motherboard, sometimes executes tasks that cause the component to generate a lot of heat. NVIDIA often installs integrated fans on their mid-grade to high-end GPUs to keep the components cool; the fans turn on whenever the device starts to run hot, thereby reducing the chance that the GPU will overheat. You can use the NVIDIA Control Panel to manually configure the operating speed of the fans, but if your computer shows signs of instability when you play games or run other graphics-intensive software, you should let NVIDIA adjust the fan speed automatically.

1 Press

Press "Windows-X" from the desktop and then select "Control Panel" from the pop-up window.


Type "NVIDIA" into the search box on the top right and then select "NVIDIA Control Panel" from the results.

3 Click Device Settings

Expand "Performance" and then click "Device Settings." Click the "GPU" tab and then choose the appropriate graphics card from the "GPU" drop-down menu.

4 Select Automatic Control

Select "Automatic Control" from under Cooling and then click "Apply" to save your changes.

Ruri Ranbe has been working as a writer since 2008. She received an A.A. in English literature from Valencia College and is completing a B.S. in computer science at the University of Central Florida. Ranbe also has more than six years of professional information-technology experience, specializing in computer architecture, operating systems, networking, server administration, virtualization and Web design.