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GreenWithEnvy, an impressive tool for overclocking NVIDIA GPUs

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As always, my love for the open source and Linux community continues. When a company doesn't do something officially, someone else comes along and does it. GreenWithEnvy is a recent one, to allow NVIDIA GPU owners to tinker with their hardware.

It will give you the ability to get a read-out of temperatures, fan speeds, clock speeds, do a little overclocking and more. Also, another nifty feature is the ability to make custom profiles to adjust fan speed based on the GPU temperature which is awesome.

For the Overclock ability to work, you need to enable "Coolbits" which allows you to use various unsupported features with NVIDIA GPUs on Linux. It's easy enough to do in terminal, like this Ubuntu example:

sudo nvidia-xconfig --cool-bits=8

More on what the number means in the NVIDIA readme here under the 'Option "Coolbits" "integer"' heading.

Fair warning though, do so at your own expense. Overclocking can cause damage if not done very carefully, especially with the extra power needed and the heat that comes with it.

See more on the official GitLab page with instructions on how to easily install with Flatpak from Flathub.

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DasCapschen 6 Feb, 2019
Now we just need any kind of tool for AMD cards...
lejimster 6 Feb, 2019
Quoting: CAPTNCAPSNow we just need any kind of tool for AMD cards...

We do... With WattmanGTK, unfortunately the author has been busy and hasn't had time to get it fully working.

It currently reads the values and spits out script you can apply manually. Although it doesn't work with Vega atm, I had to add my own overclock values to the script to get Vega overclocking work.

Times like this when I wish I had learned how to code, I would love to contribute to a project like this.
TheLinuxPleb 6 Feb, 2019
The coolest thing to see would be something like Throttlestop. Now that would allow so much tweaking possibilities for cpu's.
buenaventura 6 Feb, 2019
I dont think I dare to do this with my laptop gtx1060, it would probably shorten lifespan I guess?
Eike 6 Feb, 2019
Quoting: buenaventuraI dont think I dare to do this with my laptop gtx1060, it would probably shorten lifespan I guess?

For sure shorten uptime with a single battery charge, probably shorten overall lifetime.
But then, nobody knows if the later will be shortened from 7 to 6 or from 2 to 1 year...
I wouldn't do it, at least not with my primary hardware.

(Your mileage may vary. E. g. it may be shortened. :D )


Last edited by Eike on 6 February 2019 at 3:49 pm UTC
PlutonMaster 6 Feb, 2019
I just set up power limit from my GTX 1060 3GB(120W>140W)
I don't care about overclocking, but still ok program.
Ehvis 6 Feb, 2019
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The most interesting thing I see there is a fan profile. I really need to change mine, but at first glance I didn't see anything in the nvidia documentation about setting a custom profile.
Werner 6 Feb, 2019
hmm for me it doesn't work, it just shows empty ui, could it be that it doesn't support Nvidia 418.30
pb 6 Feb, 2019
I have a laptop with 1060 gpu set at discrete, I wonder if I could downpower the card with this tool to avoid the fan noise during normal usage (non-gaming). Does it make the changes in real time or does it require reboot?


Last edited by pb on 6 February 2019 at 4:35 pm UTC
Xpander 6 Feb, 2019
Quoting: Wernerhmm for me it doesn't work, it just shows empty ui, could it be that it doesn't support Nvidia 418.30

works for me with 418.30




Quoting: pbI have a laptop with 1060 gpu set at discrete, I wonder if I could downpower the card with this tool to avoid the fan noise during normal usage (non-gaming). Does it make the changes in real time or does it require reboot?

real time. Only X restart is needed if you save the coolbits into xorg


Last edited by Xpander on 6 February 2019 at 6:14 pm UTC
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