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I was just mulling over my Geforce 480 GTX's life span it lasted slightly over two years but was hitting 93 degrees c when playing games and I was wondering whether the fan that is not assisted by any program like MSI afterburner works adequately. Could it be that I cut the life span of that card by not assisting it with a program that pushed up the fan speeds to even higher than what the manufacturer adjusted it for increases.
At that time when I initially got the card it alarmed me greatly to see such high temperatures but many reviews and sites continued to claim it was normal for that card to see such high temperatures when gaming. I decided this time round after my video card was just changed by Dell service tech to use MSI afterburner and use a curve that would increase the fan speed and use it from startup hoping to make the card last longer. I may be just tilting at windmills but thought it was worth a shot.
However another thought crept into my nutty mind what if I am overusing the fan and it dies from overuse. Anyway the gradual slope was the default mode .You think I should only use MSI afterburner only when I am playing a game or should I use it from startup ? Also when I was playing SWTOR it was hitting 80+, the card is a Geforce 580 GTX but with the afterburner the temperatures dropped to 69 degrees so it was definitely working. I might have helped my old card reach those temperatures too ahd I had the wherewithal to use this application before.