Solved GPU Heat spikes Tags: Graphics Cards GPUs Heat Graphics Last response: June 7, 2012 9:35 AM in Graphics & Displays Share The Halo Don Graphics card Expert June 1, 2012 1:55:38 AM So as of lately, my GPU has been having some random heat spikes. My GPU idles at about 42c-44c , but when it spikes it usually goes straight to 49c causing the fans to ramp up. I have no clue what causes this, and I don't have GPU acceleration for video on Youtube, so I know that's not it. I think it may be dust, so I'll be buying an electric duster this weekend to dust it out. But just in case that doesn't solve it, what could be other causes of the heat spikes? I've had this GPU since about October 2011, its a XFX 6870. More about : gpu heat spikes | E-mail me updates | Report abuse Register or log in to remove Best solution Vettedude Graphics card Authority June 1, 2012 2:41:44 AM DWM uses GPU to draw the desktop which can cause a spike in usage. | Report abuse Energy96 Graphics card Expert June 1, 2012 2:52:53 AM 49c is not a spike. Thats pretty normal for anything outside of 3d gaming like starting a browser, launching a video etc. A spike would be like 60-90c | Report abuse The Halo Don Graphics card Expert June 2, 2012 3:49:37 AM Energy96 said:49c is not a spike. Thats pretty normal for anything outside of 3d gaming like starting a browser, launching a video etc. A spike would be like 60-90c Sure it's not a major spike, but it's a spike none the less. And it's very annoying because my GPU fans spin up at 49c. | Report abuse Related ressources GPU usage spikes - Forum CPU temp spikes at idle - Forum GTA IV lag spikes please help very annoying! - Forum Complete Overhaul for Gaming with Low FPS Spikes in Games - Forum Random lag spikes - Forum Ask the community Publish Vettedude Graphics card Authority June 2, 2012 3:52:03 AM If it bugs you, download Afterburner and make a custom fan profile. | Report abuse The Halo Don Graphics card Expert June 5, 2012 6:48:08 AM The fans just mask the problem. I'm trying to get rid of the spikes for good. If there any other things that could be causing this? | Report abuse Energy96 Graphics card Expert June 5, 2012 12:18:15 PM The only way to stop them is to not use your PC at all or remove the vid card and put in a crappy old vid card with no fan. The fans are not "masking a problem" they are keeping your hardware cool so it doesn't die. It is acting totally normal, 3d gaming is not the only thing that uses a GPU. Any time anything changes on the screen the card has to draw it and that makes heat. | Report abuse The Halo Don Graphics card Expert June 6, 2012 7:11:13 AM ^ Whoops! Hahaha, meant the fan profiles! Sorry for the misunderstanding! And well, guess it's a lost cause, guess my next GPU will be something like a Twin Frozr card. | Report abuse Energy96 Graphics card Expert June 6, 2012 11:19:56 PM Get used to it then because two fans make more noise than one! | Report abuse The Halo Don Graphics card Expert June 7, 2012 9:35:16 AM Best answer selected by The Halo Don. | Report abuse Register or log in to remove Ask the community Publish Tom's Hardware>Forum>Graphics & Displays>GPU Heat spikes> Related ressources: ForumCPU Usage Spikes ForumRandom lag spikes during different games ForumQ9650 stock temp spikes Forum[HELP] FX-8350 Heat issues ForumBF3 Graphic Lag Every 5-10 Minutes CPU/ GPU Spikes Forum6870 Problems with stuttering and lag spikes ForumGPU activity spikes /computer crashes ForumRandom GPU spikes ForumNotebook cpu produces to much heat Forum660 ti GPU Usage Spikes ForumASUS G60j, GTX 260M heat issues ForumRandom FPS Spikes , GPU drops from 99% to 45% ForumSudden spikes in drive usage ForumAsus gtx560ti directcuII-broken ForumPowerful GPU w/o Direct connection to PSU? More resources Read discussions in other Graphics & Displays categories Ati GPUs Graphics Cards Gtx HD Monitors SLI Crossfire Tuner Cards Radeon Video Diamond Multimedia Matrox Nvidia Palit PowerColor Asus Games !