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Green with Envy: Overclocking Nvidia Graphics Cards with Linux

Green with Envy: Overclocking Nvidia Graphics Cards with Linux

The Linux program “Green with Envy” by the developer Roberto Leinardi should provide an easy way to overclock graphics cards from Nvidia even under Linux. The program also supports the display of the most important parameters of the graphics accelerator.

Overview and reference to the MSI Afterburner

The program is design-technically based on the developed for Windows PCs MSI Afterburner. The program not only gives the opportunity to overclock a Nvidia graphics card, but also records the overall statistics of the built-in GPU. Features of “Green with Envy” include monitoring GPU values ​​such as clock rates, applied voltage, temperature of the chip and fan speed.

Custom profiles

For easy backup of changes, “Green with Envy” offers the storage of individual profiles. It is possible to change the fan speed in several stages according to personal preferences and create a gradient curve for the fan speed.

Overclocking without voltage boost possible

Overclocking a graphics card from Nvidia is very easy with the program. Two sliders can be used to raise or lower the maximum GPU and memory clocks. Greater overclocking or throttling of the GPU clock with a change in the applied voltage is not yet supported by “Green With Envy”.

Higher clock rates associated with higher heat

As with almost every overclocking of the hardware, the additional power is paid for by a higher power consumption and thus a higher waste heat. The program supplies the currently applied temperature of the graphics chip directly and can also record these if required. Excessive overclocking of the chip can also lead to image errors or system crashes. It should also be mentioned that the overclocking of the graphics card is often accompanied by the loss of the official warranty.

GNOME as a prerequisite for real-time data

Currently, the display of real-time data from “Green With Envy” is only supported in conjunction with the desktop GNOME desktop. The program itself can be installed as a flatpak for any GNOME-based Linux operating system through the Package Manager. Alternatively, the source code of the program is also available via GitLab.

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