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AMD Video Card Customize Fan Speed Based on Temperature

I was recently able to acquire a pair of Radeon HD 6970 cards from a friend. They perform great, but I'm having an issue with temperatures -- possibly related to the fact that my AC broke -- where the cards will go to 90C or higher without spinning the fan up very high. (Edit: to be clear, the problem isn't that the cards are reaching 90C, though that is an issue; it's probably related to the high ambient temperature. My issue is that the default profile accepts that and doesn't spin the fans up past about 45% or so)

I can use the Catalyst Control Center to set a 'flat rate' speed for my card, but what I haven't found is software that will let me define an actual profile. As far as I'm concerned, the cards should not get past 90C without the fans hitting 100% -- and even a lower 60-70% is usually enough to keep them in the high seventies/low eighties. The problem is that's horribly loud, and it doesn't have to be -- it should be possible to program a profile so that it only spins up that high when it needs to be.

Once upon a time, there was a program that would let me define custom fan speeds based on temperature, but I honestly don't remember the name (I swapped over to NVidia for a while) and the only thing I found that was close doesn't appear to work with the HD 6000 series.

Is there anything out there that will work with Windows-7 64 bit? And since this is a gaming machine, I hope it goes without saying that it shouldn't drag my system to a crawl.
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    RonLugge said:
    I was recently able to acquire a pair of Radeon HD 6970 cards from a friend. They perform great, but I'm having an issue with temperatures -- possibly related to the fact that my AC broke -- where the cards will go to 90C or higher without spinning the fan up very high. (Edit: to be clear, the problem isn't that the cards are reaching 90C, though that is an issue; it's probably related to the high ambient temperature. My issue is that the default profile accepts that and doesn't spin the fans up past about 45% or so)

    I can use the Catalyst Control Center to set a 'flat rate' speed for my card, but what I haven't found is software that will let me define an actual profile. As far as I'm concerned, the cards should not get past 90C without the fans hitting 100% -- and even a lower 60-70% is usually enough to keep them in the high seventies/low eighties. The problem is that's horribly loud, and it doesn't have to be -- it should be possible to program a profile so that it only spins up that high when it needs to be.

    Once upon a time, there was a program that would let me define custom fan speeds based on temperature, but I honestly don't remember the name (I swapped over to NVidia for a while) and the only thing I found that was close doesn't appear to work with the HD 6000 series.

    Is there anything out there that will work with Windows-7 64 bit? And since this is a gaming machine, I hope it goes without saying that it shouldn't drag my system to a crawl.


    I believe you are looking for a program called MSI Afterburner. It's a great program for what you want
  2. rjackowens said:
    I believe you are looking for a program called MSI Afterburner. It's a great program for what you want


    Thank you! I've never seen this particular program before, but it's exactly what I was looking for. I'll need to take some time to learn it (I'd like to add some more points to the otherwise excellent default profile), but... it's the right tool for the job.
  3. RonLugge said:
    rjackowens said:
    I believe you are looking for a program called MSI Afterburner. It's a great program for what you want


    Thank you! I've never seen this particular program before, but it's exactly what I was looking for. I'll need to take some time to learn it (I'd like to add some more points to the otherwise excellent default profile), but... it's the right tool for the job.


    Great! Glad I could help :)
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