How to Adjust the Fan Speed with Radeon
The graphics card, or display adapter, is an important part of a computer. It processes the data necessary to display an image on the monitor; without a display adapter, you would never see anything on the screen. Most modern display adapters for PCs have processors and RAM and many of them have their own fans to keep them from overheating. Radeon is a common brand of display adapters and with the correct software and a recent Radeon card, you can actually adjust the fan's speed to optimize performance and noise levels.
Download the Microsoft .NET Framework, if you do not have it already (see Resources). If you do not know if you have it, go ahead and download it and attempt to install it; if it is installed already, Windows will inform you. If you have Windows Vista or 7, your computer does already have the .NET Framework.
Double-click the .NET Framework file you saved. This begins the installation process. Follow the onscreen prompts to install framework; you can use its default settings.
Download the Catalyst Software Suite, if you do not have it already (see Resources)." You need at least the 8.10 version of the suite to adjust the fan speeds, but you should of course update to the most recent 10.12 version. You can save the file anywhere on the computer, but you need to be sure you download the correct version for your version of Windows.
Double-click the Catalyst Software Suite file you downloaded. This begins the installation process. You should choose the full installation option when asked.
Restart the computer, if the installation process does not restart it for you.
Access the fan control section by first right-clicking the ATI Tray icon in your system tray, located in the bottom-right of the screen. Select "Hardware," then "Overclocking Settings," which opens a new window. Select the "Fan" tab.
Click the red lock icon to enable ATI Overdrive. The features below that icon should now be available for you to adjust.
Check the box next to "Enable Manual Fan Control," if it is not checked already.
Adjust the fan speed by moving the slider under the "Enable Manual Fan Control" option. The closer to 100 that you set it, the faster the fan will spin.
Tips & Warnings
- If you do not know what type of Radeon card you have, you can check in the "Device Manager," found by right-clicking "Computer" or "My Computer," selecting "Properties" and finally selecting "Device Manager." The graphics card will be displayed under the "Display adapters" option.
- You can also set up individual profile settings for the fan using the "Profile" button at the top of the Control Center. If you then assign hotkeys to the profiles, you can switch between fan speeds simply by pressing a key on the keyboard.
- If you turn down the fan speed, it will be quieter but it will not cool the graphics card as well. Use caution, because this could overheat and either crash the computer or damage the card.
References & Resources
- Webopedia: "Video Adapter" Definition
- Tweak Guides: Catalyst Installation
- Tweak Guides: Catalyst Control Center (Pt.3)
- Tweak Guides: Advanced Tweaking
- Legit Reviews ATI Radeon HD 5830 1GB DX11 Video Card Review: Radeon HD 5830 Overclocking
- Tech Power Up: ATI Catalyst 8.10 Released, Adds Manual Fan Speed Control
- Microsoft Download Center: Microsoft .NET Framework Version 2.0 Redistributable Package (x86)
- AMD: Downloads