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 a b U Graphics card 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 Best solution Vettedude a b U Graphics card June 1, 2012 2:41:44 AM DWM uses GPU to draw the desktop which can cause a spike in usage. Share Energy96 a b U Graphics card 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 m 0 l Related resources weird heat spikes on gpu - Forum Odd voltages and heat spikes - Forum Sudden spikes in heat in all-around daily use - Forum Random GPU clock spikes? - Forum New gpu lag spikes to 0 fps - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer The Halo Don a b U Graphics card 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. m 0 l Vettedude a b U Graphics card June 2, 2012 3:52:03 AM If it bugs you, download Afterburner and make a custom fan profile. m 0 l The Halo Don a b U Graphics card 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? m 0 l Energy96 a b U Graphics card 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. m 0 l The Halo Don a b U Graphics card 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. m 0 l Energy96 a b U Graphics card June 6, 2012 11:19:56 PM Get used to it then because two fans make more noise than one! m 0 l The Halo Don a b U Graphics card June 7, 2012 9:35:16 AM Best answer selected by The Halo Don. m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources SolvedWeird gpu spikes on msi afterburner? Forum SolvedMSI R9 290 high temps and gpu activity spikes Forum SolvedSystematic FPS drops in all games along with GPU usage spikes, with very good system. Forum Solvedcpu spikes gpu spikes in games Forum Heat problems with and power spikes Forum SolvedUnusual GPU fan speed spikes Forum XFX 7970 Heat Spikes Forum SolvedGpu usage spikes Forum SolvedNew GPU giving graphical spikes within games Forum SolvedR9 290 GPU usage spikes Forum SolvedGPU-z showing Core Clock spikes at random Forum Solvedxfire 290s awful performance? gpu usage o - 100% spikes Forum SolvedI7 4770k, GTX 770. Gpu usage spikes. Forum SolvedInsane Gpu usage spikes and bad perfomance in game Forum SolvedWeird Gpu Spikes Forum 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 !