Everyone that owns a computer be it a laptop or desktop realizes that it is imperative that they need to keep their CPU cool so it does not overheat and cause a meltdown. What most people fail to realize however is that your video card temperature is just as important as the CPU.
This is a device that controls how you view things on your monitor. The latest hardware has been developed to create deeper and faster refresh rates and pixel rates due to the increasing gaming market. Many computers have the video card built into the motherboard, but gaming computers generally do not. It is important to monitor video card temperature in both settings.
In most laptops there are only a few brands of the graphic cards, which will make it much easier for one to monitor the video card temperature. With a desktop computer it may be a bit harder as in finding what card is installed. You can either find out the manufacturer by reading the manual that came with your computer or by locating the information in your device manager. This information you find at the manufacturers website will tell you what the optimal temperature should be.
Once you have found this information, you should now download a free utility that is created to only monitor video card temperature. Install it and then run. You will also want to check by running different benchmark tests. If your card shows signs that it is frequently over-heating it is best to take immediate action. A melt-down cause by an this overheated device can also cause other malfunctions.
In the event you do need to lower video card temperature there are a few options available. You can either do this yourself or consult a computer repair technician to do the work for you. It could be as simple as just opening up your tower and cleaning the internal fans or as difficult as adding a specialized heat sink to the graphic card. You may also want to consider adding thermal heating elements to the interior of your tower or even adding an extra fan or more powerful one. Laptop computers most likely will require you to have elements installed by a professional to help lower lower the temperature and install proper devices to help maintain the cooler temps.
If you are an avid gamer we highly recommend that you monitor video card temperature to ensure you do not cause a major meltdown of your components.