How to Adjust an ATI GPU Fan

Written by steven hill
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While the fan on your ATI video card is normally controlled by the driver software, you may desire a greater degree of control over this function. You may wish to do this for a number of reasons, such as fine-tuning the cooling control if you have overclocked your card or to reduce the noise of an overly noisy fan. Fan speed is most easily adjusted using overclocking applications such as GPUTool, Rivatuner and MSI Afterburner.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

    GPUTool

  1. 1

    Download and install the GPUTool software. (See Resources.)

  2. 2

    Launch GPUTool.

  3. 3

    Click on the "Fan Control" tab. Select "Software." Click "Add Node." Drag the black dot to the desired fan speed (the Y axis) for the specific GPU temperature (the X axis). Add additional nodes to further customise your ATI card's fan speed. Click "Apply."

    Rivatuner

  1. 1

    Download and install the Rivatuner software. (See Resources.)

  2. 2

    Launch Rivatuner.

  3. 3

    Click "Customize" under the "Target Adapter" section. Click "Low-level system settings." Click "Enable low-level fan control." Click "Fixed." Drag the slider to the desired fan speed. Click "Apply."

    MSI Afterburner

  1. 1

    Download and install the MSI Afterburner software. (See Resources.)

  2. 2

    Launch MSI Afterburner.

  3. 3

    Click the "Auto" button in the "Fan Speed" section to disable automatic fan speed. Drag the selector to the desired fan speed. Click "Apply."

Tips and warnings

  • Graphically intense applications will require a higher fan speed. When running such applications adjust the fan speed accordingly.
  • Do not completely disable your fan. Doing so will prevent the card from dissipating heat and may result in damage to your card.
  • Do not change other settings in these programs without first consulting overclocking guides. Doing so may result in damage to your video card.

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