New graphics card setup adventures

Throughout the week I have been making little updates and modifications to the Substack post for this week. All of that pre-work was really smart this week to help ensure quality for the next issue of The Lindahl Letter that will come up on Friday. Right now this computer is running my new ASUS TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3070 Ti graphics card that arrived yesterday. Overall it is much louder than my last graphics card and it required a totally different power cable setup. I had to do some work in terms of cable management yesterday to get ready for the graphics card installation. A trip was made to the basement to find the bag of extra Corsair modular power supply cables and fortunately they had included a lovely Corsair Type-4 PCIe 6+2 cable. With the right cable in hand the only challenge was removing the power supply shroud in my award winning Dark Base Pro 900 Black rev. 2 from the “be quiet!” computer case. Right now the shroud has been put back into place without the middle section 3.5” solid state hard drive section. That space now supports a direct path for the power cable to run up to the graphics card. At some point, it might be prudent to do some better cable management, but that will be a project for later. Everything works right now and that is good. 

All of this brought me to the world of trying to figure out and manage my myriad of case fans. I’m still shocked that my Windows 11 instance does not have an easy way to manage computer temperatures. I installed the software associated with my motherboard manufacturer to examine and control the fan speeds. After looking at that dashboard for a few minutes I installed the ASUS GPU Tweak II software. That was easier to understand and it had a few profiles related to gaming and silent modes. The GPU temperature scale goes from zero up to 131 degrees celsius which would be insanely hot. According to the docked monitor my graphics card is running with a minimum of 38 and a maximum of 49 degrees celsius. I have been watching it for a few minutes and it appears to be running at around 39 degrees which seems fine.

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