The HWiNFO update brings interesting news for Nvidia users

The HWiNFO update brings interesting news for Nvidia users

Often the mistake is made of talking about the "temperature" of the GPU, when in reality this term should be used in the plural. This is due to the fact that the temperature is not measured by a single sensor placed, for example, in the center of the graphics card, but by multiple sensors scattered throughout the circuit. So far, whatever program you use to carry out monitoring, this parameter is reported as "GPU Temp" for the simple fact that the displayed value is actually an average of all the measurements made by the sensors.

The new Nvidia GPU generation will therefore allow HWiNFO to individually analyze the temperatures of the various sensors located on the video card, in order to view the actual peak temperature recorded, reported under “GPU HotSpot Temperature”. Of course, for AMD users it may seem like the discovery of hot water since the RDNA2 GPUs (RX 6800, RX 6800 XT and RX 6900 XT) already provided this information to the various tools used for monitoring, while Nvidia has always been a bit more reserved about it.

This update will most likely help overclocking enthusiasts, who will have a few more references to understand if the heat dissipation is working as it should, or if it is the case of putting a little hands in the paste (possibly thermal). The idea is to reduce as much as possible the difference between the average temperature of the board and the peak temperature, in order to ensure good cooling of the components and consequently a greater possibility of tweaking for overclocking.

The source of all this would be Igor Wallossek, who carried out the tests using the HWiNFO software on an RX 6800 XT Gaming X and on a RTX 3090 Founders Edition: the temperature difference on the first varies between 12 ° C and 20 ° C, while on the second between 11 ° C and 14 ° C. At first glance it could be said that Nvidia offers slightly better heat dissipation than AMD, but it would remain only a guess due to the scarcity of data currently available to make this claim.

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