Up For Debate - Is your GPU and CPU overheating in the Summer heat?

Written by Chad Norton on Sat, Jul 24, 2021 5:00 PM

If you live anywhere in the northern hemisphere, then you’ll know that we’re right on the tail end of Summer now. But before we all get sad that Summer is nearly over, some of us are still experiencing intense heat waves, which can sometimes spell doom for our beloved gaming PCs.

We’ve talked before about how hot should your CPU and GPU be running whilst gaming, but that’s specifically talking about component temperatures when running at idle and whilst gaming, but it never touched on how hot should they run during a heatwave, or how you cool your PC during a heatwave (though that last one was its own Up For Debate a few years ago).

For reference, here’s the general consensus on how hot your CPU and GPU should be running whilst gaming and at idle, according to you guys from November 2020:

  • Idle: 30C / 86F
  • Gaming: 70C / 158F

It’s worth noting that other temperatures on either side of these numbers got lots of votes too, so you definitely have some wiggle room there. However, these were the answers with the most votes.

So now the question is this: how do these proposed temps for CPUs and GPUs whilst idle and gaming hold up in a heatwave? And do they still hold up for the new RTX 30 series and RX 6000 series graphics cards now that we’ve had our hands on them for a while? And what do you do to cool your PC during the summer heat?

What do you think? Is your GPU and CPU overheating in the summer heat? What do you do to cool it down during a heatwave? How accurate are those idle and gaming temperatures now? Are they still relevant for the new generation of graphics cards and processors? Let’s debate!

Is your GPU and CPU overheating in the Summer heat?

What is your main source for keeping your PC cool?

How accurate are the idle and gaming temps above?

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20:01 Jul-24-2021

My cpu is fine, but my Titan with it's absolutely useless cooler is dying. Pretty much every time I launch a game it gets up to 90 degrees.

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20:07 Jul-24-2021

Thermal paste change is in order for you.

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19:48 Jul-24-2021

my gpu is already burned
And cpu is heating

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19:06 Jul-24-2021

my cpu on clocked 3.6(boost turned off because of temps.it would go to 90C on max boost) with stock cooler can get up to 70C and gpu can get up to 80C.

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19:11 Jul-24-2021

that is when playing some games on ultra or using PS3 emulator. but usually cpu is 50-60C and gpu get to low 70C

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18:47 Jul-24-2021

i5 9600K 6-core overclocked to 4.8Ghz and Idle 40.0C under load gaming mid 70's even 80's. Same with my GPU pretty much. No issues and I'm using fans only..

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18:32 Jul-24-2021

I just did pc dust cleaning. A 7700k with a 360 aio isnt going over 70C max. I also de-shrouded my gpu and put on 2 120mm noctua nf12´s max speed much quieter and cooler than running the stock gpu fans full blast. OC´d and running BF4 76C on the gpu.

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18:11 Jul-24-2021

That depends, 70C seems a little bit too low, my gpu can reach to 82C when my AC is not turned on and room is at 35-40C, as for my CPU it never goes above 65C even with OC to 4 ghz , im also using the stock cooler.For comparison, my huawei matebook 14 with ryzen 7 4800H can reach 103C when it is being squeezed and pluged.As long as temps stay below 80-85 it shouldnt dmg the gpu, my 1060 reach 80 on demanding games and it is still alive after 5 years.

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18:17 Jul-24-2021

You dont need your CPU to stay at 50C under load

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17:55 Jul-24-2021

my 5950x was always very hot chip, im using nh-d15 chromax cooler with good case, unlocked power limits and PBO. in cpu bottlenecked games i usually get around -85-89c, rendering with avx 2 instruction set i get 90c while getting 4.2ghz all core boost clock. So yeah pretty hot chip. If i use stock power limits then rendering i get much cooler temps, around -75c, with 3.8ghz all core boost, but gaming temp stays the same. Lots of people forget that up to 90c is normal and by design temps for 5950x, so no worries about that. oh and at idle 40-50c.

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18:02 Jul-24-2021

as for answer in this topic, there have been some insane heatwave in my country, 32-34c during the day and as i dont have AC, it was around 35-36c in my room, i noticed that my gpu which stayed around 72c in 100% workload during the winter, have been running at 75-76c during that time, so yeah higher temps but nothing crazy for my pc components. Thing is for me it was not easy to render videos for my yt channel during that time, because it was so hot.

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