Optimal graphics card temperature for mining

In this blog post, we will talk about what temperature your video cards should work with during mining.

When mining, your video card will consume more electricity. Consuming more electricity means generating more heat. Almost 100% of the power consumption of a graphics card is converted to heat. In fact, for each watt the consumed power of the rig, the same amount of heat is removed into the air For example, using a rig consuming 1000 W practically does not differ from the operation of a 1000 W heater.

What is the ideal GPU temperature for mining?

The ideal temperature should be as low as possible. But really speaking, the temperature from 60 ° C to 70 ° C is the normal temperature for video cards when mining.

Of course, lower temperatures are better, but most likely your video card will not reach temperatures below 60 ° C when mining, unless the ambient temperature is very low or your video card is water-cooled.

What is the maximum temperature of a video card when mining?

The maximum temperature of a video card during mining is 80 ° C. Anything above this value will exponentially increase the likelihood of permanent damage to your graphics card. In addition, the operation of the video card at temperatures above 75 ° C - 80 ° C will lead to throttling. It depends on the manufacturer of your graphics card.

Throttling is the slowdown of the graphics card to prevent overheating. This will lead to a decrease in mining speed and a decrease in potential income.

If the temperature of the video card during mining is close to or exceeds 80 ° C, we suggest the following:

  • Make sure the graphics card has enough airflow.
  • Make sure the ambient temperature is not too high.
  • If the graphics card is older than 3 years, replace the thermal grease.
  • Reduce the power consumption (power limit) of the video card.

Reducing the power limit is one of the best ways to reduce the power consumption of a video card and therefore reduce its heat dissipation. The mining hashrate of most NVIDIA graphics cards will not be affected by lowering the power limit to 75% or 80%.

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