Windows 7 Newbie; how can I see if GPU is too hot?

Annika
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Hey guys,

I'm not really a new participant but I've got a somewhat Newb-ish problem so I think it's better to post here instead of the Crunchers' Corner.

So, I recently rejoined Einstein after taking a break for a while. Turns out the project devs have been busy and developed a fully working CUDA app, which is cool - and it even works on my GF 9600 GS, which is even cooler.

But: I'm not sure if the card can handle it. I know it's not _that_ fast, and I have no idea if the GPU fan is any good. Normally I would just go and check, but, and here comes the Newb part, since I write for a news site and sometimes do game tests, I needed a Windows box. And since the comp is pretty new and 64 bit, XP was not a great option, and I really, really dislike Vista, so I ended up installing Windows 7. Not having used Windows productively in years (I'm a Linux/Mac person), I can hardly find my way around. Let alone figure out if my GPU is getting too warm or not. My room sure as hell _feels_ warm, but that's fine with me, since it's Winter here. I'm just worried about damaging my GPU if it runs too hot. So, does anyone have an idea about how to measure GPU temp under Win 7? I'd really appreciate...

Gary Roberts
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Windows 7 Newbie; how can I see if GPU is too hot?

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So, does anyone have an idea about how to measure GPU temp under Win 7? I'd really appreciate...


Hi Annika - welcome back!

Your best bet is probably to use something like GPU-Z. You can even run it without installing it if you want to. Lots of nice data about your GPU, including temps.

You are not likely to have a temperature problem with E@H GPU crunching - well not yet anyway. There's not that much of the total work that gets done on the GPU so the GPU temperature rise is minimal, according to those who have already written about it. Have a look at some recent threads. A number of people have commented on the low GPU utilisation. The good news is that the Devs are working hard and improvements are expected. This sticky thread is worth reading for the full story.

Cheers,
Gary.

Annika
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Hi Gary, thanks a lot.

Hi Gary,

thanks a lot. I'll have a look at GPU-Z; I know the CPU version and have always liked it. And I'll definitely read up on the state of affairs concerning CUDA and other new stuff.

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