How to control GPU fans speed to make it quiet

Sometimes, the graphics card that you bought makes a lot of fans noise. The reason can be the fans are damaged, or the fan spins at a high speed. Every graphics card has a different fan speed, and every brand model has a different one. For example, The MSI GTX 1660 Super Gaming X produces almost no noise while the EVGA GTX 1660 Super produces noise, the reason is that the fan speed of the EVGA variant is higher.

In this guide, we’ll discuss how to lower the fans’ speed using MSI Afterburner.

What is MSI Afterburner?

The MSI Afterburner software lets you adjust the core clock, power limit, temperature limit, and most importantly the fan speed percentage. You can also Overclock your graphics card with MSI Afterburner.

The MSI Afterburner is the most used software for GPU tweaking so don’t worry it’s completely safe to use this software. You can download it from MSI Website.

An easy way to lower the fan speed setting in Afterburner

Open MSI Afterburner, and look for Fan Speed (%). To adjust the fan speed slider, click on the Auto button. It will allow you to adjust the fan speed. It can be adjusted to wherever you like, but don’t go to a very low percentage since the GPU will get hot.

Now, what it’ll do? Your GPU fans will spin at the percentage on which you adjusted. Consider this example: If your fan’s RPM is 3000, and you adjust it to 50%, then the Fans will continue to spin continuously at 1500 RPM even if you do some heavy tasks.

 

Pros
  • Easy to adjust
  • GPU will not produce noise during light usage
Cons
  • GPU can heat-up
  • Not the best method.

What’s the best cooling solution for my GPU?

The method that we personally use is adjusting fan speed by the curve. To do that, click on the Settings button, then on the top menu bar left click on “fan”.

If you can’t see any curve graph, then checkmark “Enable user-defined software automatic fan control”

Click and hold any point to adjust it. Drag a point to 60C Temperature and move the slider to 50% fan speed, and the fan will start spinning at 50% speed when the GPU reaches 60C.

You can also add or remove a point, just click on the line where you want to add a point.

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Easy to adjust
  • More stable
  • GPU will not heat up ( depending on adjustment)
  • Best method
  • More control
Cons
  • GPU can overheat (if not adjusted properly)

How loud is the GPU fan mostly?

Mostly GPU fans are not loud, but some are. The Fans of Gigabyte GTX 1050 Ti Windforce OC didn’t make any noise, and on the other hand, the fan of Asus GTX 1050 Ti Phoenix edition is loud. If your GPU is making 35+ dBA sound in a silent room then it’s not that loud. If your GPU is in a good packet PC Case and you mostly use headphones while playing games, then 40+ dBA will not disturb your experience. However, in a silent room, if your fans are producing 40 dBA, this can disturb your experience.

30 dBA is the sound level of whispering, and 40 dBA is the sound level of birds singing. So, in the case of Fan noise, that’s not that pleasant like Birds songs but, it’s bearable. Yes, above 40 dBA is loud.