The GPU (graphics processing unit) handles the visuals of your PC. Like any other component in your build, overclocking your computer can result in a constant strain of your GPU. Key indicators that your GPU is failing are unstable visual artifacts, high temperatures, and loud noises coming from the GPU. Although there are many different scenarios, here are a few of the most common GPU issues:
When I am running my game/program, my screen will lock up and at some points, my screen will go black. I also get some stuttering audio in the background. What should I do?
- Make sure the latest versions of your display drivers and game/programs are installed so there are no conflicts.
- Check the temperature of your GPU through CAM. Safe ranges for temperatures should be 30-45C on idle and 65-85C on load. The user should watch out for anything over 90C. You can use the CAM Software to check for high temperatures. If you are experiencing high temperatures, please refer to our “Troubleshooting high CPU or GPU temps” FAQ.
When I am running my game/program, I am getting visual artifacts while that game/program is up. What should I do?
- If this happens, please turn off the game/program and try a different game/program after a few hours to see if the visual artifacts occur again. Sometimes when the GPU has been running for long periods of time it can overheat.
- If the visual artifacts still show up, contact our Customer Support Team for assistance.
- Most of the time, visual anomalies are an indication that the GPU is failing.