Keeping Things Cool With a GPU Cooling Heatsink

The CPU and the GPU are the brains of the computer, located on a motherboard, they keep everything running smoothly. Although most people don't know the GPU as well as the CPU, it is imperative to having a computer that can adequately process graphics. The GPU, which stands for graphics processing unit, is especially important for those who wish to play the latest games on the market, especially those that are more graphics-intensive. It's important to ensure the GPU is functioning correctly, and one part of this is the GPU heatsink. The GPU heatsink helps with the cooling, which keeps the GPU at a safe thermal temperature using a fan or liquid, which is absolutely imperative, both for performance and the longevity of the computer.

Why Do I Need a GPU Cooling Heatsink?

Whether you are doing an upgrade or building a personal computer from the ground up, the temperature of the GPU and graphics card is an important element to consider.

  • When deciding to upgrade or build a computer, first determine which type of GPU and graphics card you need. For those who are not looking to play computer games, a generic kit GPU is likely sufficient. Many laptops have integrated graphics cards affixed directly to the motherboard. While this is convenient, it makes upgrading difficult, and is insufficient to support highly advanced graphics.
  • You must match the GPU thermal heatsink and fan to your graphics card configuration and mounting. You must also take into consideration the other cooling components of your computer or laptop, such as if the CPU is liquid cooled or not.

Which GPU Do I Need?

While a computer or laptop GPU and a graphics card are technically different—the GPU is the chip on the graphics card or video card—they are difficult to separate and considered a single component. Therefore, when shopping for a GPU, most people will opt to simply buy a graphics card or a video card, which already has a GPU in it.

  • When it comes to choosing a card, you need to determine the general quality settings you wish to run. A superior card means you can run better graphics.
  • You must also take into consideration the native resolution of your display. A higher resolution means more pixels, which means lower performance. You will, therefore, need a faster graphics card, and a more powerful cooler, in order to handle 1440p compared to 1080p.

Which Type of GPU Heatsink Do I Need?

When it comes to keeping the GPU cool, you must decide which type of cooler system to use, whether water-cooled, air-cooled using a blower, or a custom cooler design.

  • A thermal blower design uses a fan and blows hot air out of the case and many often consider it to be one of the best choices for air-cooled SLI/CF configurations. Blowers also have standardized physical dimensions, making them easy to install to their wide compatibility. These are best for single-GPU builds.
  • Custom cooler designs are useful because many of them have backplates pre-installed. These fan systems are also useful for single-GPU builds with high airflow.
  • Liquid-cooled designs offer the best thermal regulation and the highest overclock. This water cooling is best for high-end rigs and multi-GPU systems. CPU coolers also help with the overall temperature of these high-performing systems.