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June 12, 2007 6:49:49 PM

Hi,
is there an option, or a program, that lets me turn off the power of my Graphics Card completely?
i have a Gigabyte 8600GTS SilentPipe 3 (no fan).
i'm running under Vista 64bit.
is there anything like this?
thanks a lot,
Dan.

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June 12, 2007 6:57:29 PM

Most systems have a round circular button with an I and O etched or drawn on it. Push this button! :lol: 
June 12, 2007 7:14:20 PM

No, why do you want to turn off your video card? If there was a way to turn off your video card your monitor would go blank and there would be nothing to see.
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June 12, 2007 7:34:21 PM

duhh.
when i turn off the monitor, and not using the computer. the card still gets power. it heats up.
i want to cancel that so when i leave my computer on to DL, and i don't need the screen, it won't be so hot. which effects other components - and my room temp.
Thanks.
June 12, 2007 7:34:23 PM

Maybe he's really into saving power, but has a reason for not shutting off his system... no matter... I don't think Windows has the capability of running without a video card. If you want to test this, try snatching out the video card while Windows is running... my guess is that it'll instantly freeze up and if you push the card back in you will be staring at a blank screen.
a c 175 U Graphics card
June 12, 2007 7:56:33 PM

And a fried computer because video cards aren't hotswapable.

You can't shut it off, but you can underclock the hell out of it. Rivatuner or coolbits should allow you to downclock the core and memory. Fire up bittorrent, then load coolbits and take the clocks down to 300/300 (for example). Turn off your monitor and go to work. It will still emit some heat, and consume some energy, but they will both be lower amounts then before.

Last, if you're having some temp problems, consider buying a few fans.
June 12, 2007 8:07:13 PM

Underclocking... what a good idea!
a c 175 U Graphics card
June 12, 2007 8:24:43 PM

Yeah. I thought it was so obvious that even a cavem... errr, nevermind.
June 12, 2007 8:27:55 PM

I'm glad you posted that..haha, wouldn't he have been surprised if he would have pulled it out while running....
June 12, 2007 8:45:43 PM

yeah pulling it out would have been great.
under clocking you say... interesting.
which program is better? do they give info about the Card Temp?
June 12, 2007 9:03:45 PM

Quote:
duhh.
when i turn off the monitor, and not using the computer. the card still gets power. it heats up.
i want to cancel that so when i leave my computer on to DL, and i don't need the screen, it won't be so hot. which effects other components - and my room temp.
Thanks.



Buy some 80 or 120mm fans and put them to good use on the video card.
June 12, 2007 9:18:13 PM

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June 12, 2007 9:33:18 PM

Look - posting it twice won't help.


There isn't an option, and there isn't a power button. ATI and Nvidia are now slowly working towards lower power consumption. However if you want to save money whilst you're downloading your illegal movies and pr0n, just do it on another lower power PC.
June 12, 2007 9:35:09 PM

If you look at my sig. you can see the speeds I under clock my 8800 to when not gaming.
I basically never run my card at default any more. I go straight from under clock to overclock.

My card idles at between 48-51 with the fan at default speeds (60%). I have also measured the power savings at 20 watts from the cards default speeds at idle/desktop use.

Here is the thread where I went into more detail.
June 12, 2007 9:40:32 PM

sorry, my bad about double posting.
i'll check the thread.
the Riva tools seem a bit complicated.
June 12, 2007 10:30:57 PM

HILLARious!!!! =)))))
a c 175 U Graphics card
June 12, 2007 10:42:12 PM

Thanks Doormat, I was starting to wonder if anyone caught that joke...

As to which program is better, I haven't a clue. I'm an ATI guy, so I use different programs. I don't even know if Coolbits is available/working on the 8600s yet. I would start there, seeing as its built into the Nvidia drivers. If it doesn't allow changing the clock rates, then I'd look to Rivatuner, etc.
June 12, 2007 11:09:48 PM

Quote:
Thanks Doormat, I was starting to wonder if anyone caught that joke...

As to which program is better, I haven't a clue. I'm an ATI guy, so I use different programs. I don't even know if Coolbits is available/working on the 8600s yet. I would start there, seeing as its built into the Nvidia drivers. If it doesn't allow changing the clock rates, then I'd look to Rivatuner, etc.


Coolbits is not enabled - use nTune instead.
June 13, 2007 2:37:31 AM

just unplug the the heatsink fan on the card that will save some power also.
June 13, 2007 1:15:42 PM

Underclocking is the only way to do it sanely.
Modern cards should have 2d/3d settings on them, I don't know if the Nvidias have dynamic voltage control like the ATis do, but, if they do simply experiment with the lowest possible voltage and clock settings your card will still run at for 2d.
June 13, 2007 1:48:25 PM

You could always wire a toggle switch on the PCIe connector inline between the power supply and the graphics card. Drill a hole in the top of the case and mount the switch there. All you would have to do is flick the switch, and the graphics card would be disabled. When you want video agian, turn it back on. Whether or not your computer will explode, I have no idea. But if you try it, make sure you let me know, because I am dying to find out.
June 13, 2007 1:57:10 PM

i decided to use the Gigabyte vTune to select the speeds and it also has a temp meter of the card.
the Riva did problems.
and the Nvidia hang up on it's stabilty test...
June 13, 2007 2:15:16 PM

Quote:
just unplug the the heatsink fan on the card that will save some power also.


His card already is fanless... So he already saves ALOT of power by just having a fanless card :lol: 
June 13, 2007 3:21:24 PM

I say that if he wants his card to be cooler, add a 120mm fan onto it. He also complained about the heat from the card affecting other components, well upgrade the case fans.... get that heat out...

underclocking is good, undervolting if possible will lower the heat output even more
June 13, 2007 6:00:43 PM

i bought a fanless card because i want my pc to be quiet.
i have 2 fans in my case and they work at 1000rpm.
in any case, nost of the time i work in windows so i don't need it to be so fast.
June 13, 2007 6:31:26 PM

I was just joking :wink:

But the best and probably most safe way to save yourself some power is underclocking, but i don't think you win much by doing this. The card itself isnt much of a power hogg itself.
June 13, 2007 6:35:28 PM

it's not about the power.
in fact my card feeds of the PCI-E slot itself.
June 13, 2007 6:38:17 PM

Ok .. best/safest way to save yourself the heat... But whats the problem with that? it heats up the room to fast or are you afraid your card dies because of the heat?

Because you always have warrenty, so i wouldn't worry about it that much.
June 13, 2007 6:44:50 PM

Quote:
i bought a fanless card because i want my pc to be quiet.
i have 2 fans in my case and they work at 1000rpm.
in any case, nost of the time i work in windows so i don't need it to be so fast.


there are plenty of quiet fans out there such as Scythe, Noctua, and SilenX

my fav is Noctua.... ask Skyguy, he has 5 now...

if you wanted a quiet video card I would have suggested getting an XFX 7900GS XXX Edition and slapping a Zalman VF900 Quiet cooler on it.

I have an eVGA 7600GT with a Zalman VF700Cu. Its very quiet and pushes much more air than the rest of the fans in my crappy dell combined
June 13, 2007 7:24:17 PM

thanks.
but i'm not planning to buy anything more right now.
June 13, 2007 7:27:11 PM

If i where you in wouldn't worry to much about the heat of the card :wink:

The card is made to handle the normal working temperatures.
June 13, 2007 7:54:02 PM

I highly doubt that your card is really making the temp of your room hotter.
June 13, 2007 7:58:02 PM

it might.
it ups the temp of the case' the case is already hot with my new hdd -> it gets hot!
(i'm sure my main light is helpping the heat - it's very hot too, i plan to put a low voltage one. )
June 13, 2007 8:30:32 PM

Quote:
it might.
it ups the temp of the case' the case is already hot with my new hdd -> it gets hot!
(i'm sure my main light is helpping the heat - it's very hot too, i plan to put a low voltage one. )


My CPU makes my room 3-4degrees hotter than the rest of the house

long live Netburst
June 13, 2007 8:34:11 PM

Put your computer into hibernation. And when you want to continue to press the power button and it will start up pretty quick and all the windows you had running previously will still be there. I use it on my laptop.
June 13, 2007 9:36:33 PM

yeah but i run uTorrent in the background all the time.
October 4, 2007 2:02:42 AM

It's hard to believe you can't turn off the GPU under powersaving options :ouch:  , this IS really a big deal, wtf?!? it's absurd that you have to waste over 100 watts under IDLE to heat your room :pt1cable:  .

My room is definitely noticeably warmer since I put the EVGA Superclocked 8800GTS in compared to the 7900GT that was in there before. I MISS my 7900GT, I shouldn't have traded it to my friend.

I can't believe there isn't any built in facility to turn off the GPU? Is that seriously true??? Comon NVidia, release some software to do that already, it's well past time they did.

I don't like turning off my PC much, and I also don't like the idea of having to build another PC just so I don't have to use this beast of a power-hog video card for my normal non-game day to day PC activities.
October 4, 2007 2:09:39 AM

roallin said:
You could always wire a toggle switch on the PCIe connector inline between the power supply and the graphics card. Drill a hole in the top of the case and mount the switch there. All you would have to do is flick the switch, and the graphics card would be disabled. When you want video agian, turn it back on. Whether or not your computer will explode, I have no idea. But if you try it, make sure you let me know, because I am dying to find out.


Occam's Razor. Underclocking is the way to go!
October 4, 2007 2:48:23 AM

The_Abyss said:
Quote:
Thanks Doormat, I was starting to wonder if anyone caught that joke...

As to which program is better, I haven't a clue. I'm an ATI guy, so I use different programs. I don't even know if Coolbits is available/working on the 8600s yet. I would start there, seeing as its built into the Nvidia drivers. If it doesn't allow changing the clock rates, then I'd look to Rivatuner, etc.


Coolbits is not enabled - use nTune instead.

Its not? Just a side question, will having coolbits added to the registry do any negative damage to an 8600 card or its performance then? (using the registry file from guru3d instead of editing it manually)
October 4, 2007 5:34:56 AM

Lt_Dan said:
Hi,
is there an option, or a program, that lets me turn off the power of my Graphics Card completely?
i have a Gigabyte 8600GTS SilentPipe 3 (no fan).
i'm running under Vista 64bit.
is there anything like this?
thanks a lot,
Dan.


Go into control panel, power settings, advanced power settings, and change your options as you like them. Vista thinks every computer has a battery....
a c 130 U Graphics card
October 4, 2007 3:56:58 PM

Its not the first time we have had a post like this and wont be the last probably but critofur is right what with all this stuff about climate change going on at the min you would have thought Microsoft and the Graphics card industry would have gotten there heads together and sorted it i mean they could probably get a grant for it off of some special comision or something?
Mactronix
October 4, 2007 8:46:37 PM

nope, they never will, it will be head-in-sand-sticking-except-for-a-few-publicity-stunts until bill gates's house either turns into a desert, or gets flooded
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