Today we will give you some tips on how to fix GPU Artifacting.
The term "artifacting" refers to the appearance of jagged edges on your monitor screen. GPU artifacting can also manifest itself in various other ways, from monitor ghosting to strange and out-of-place looking textures to screen flashes.
In some cases, the artefacts are clearly visible and therefore a nuisance, but in others, they are barely noticeable and therefore relatively negligible. Nevertheless, they are quite undesirable, and we will be glad to assist you in getting rid of them. So, without further ado, let’s jump right into the fixes.
How To Fix GPU Artifacting
Now that we have established what an eyesore and annoyance GPU artifacting is, let’s look into some of its causes. The main cause of GPU artifacting is overheating caused by overclocking the GPU.
Overclocking can result in the GPU reaching temperatures above the specified maximum temperature limit, and in some cases, even causing the GPU to fail. When this happens, the GPU will stop working properly and will start to produce artefacts. These artefacts can vary from mild to severe depending on the degree of overheating.
Let’s now take a look at some of the fixes to get rid of GPU artifacting.
Update your graphics drivers
First, you need to make sure that your GPU is up to date. If your video card is old or outdated, then it may be causing the GPU artefacts. You can quickly check for any updates - if you have an Intel-based system, go here. If you are on AMD, go here, and for NVIDIA, go here.
Underclock your graphics card
As we mentioned above, overclocking is the main cause of GPU artifacting. So, if you are overclocking your GPU, then you need to underclock it. Open your GPU overclocking tool - for example, MSI Afterburner - and move the sliders to the left of their default position to underclock your GPU.
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Change thermal paste
Thermal paste is a silvery-grey substance that allows for an efficient transfer of heat from the GPU to the base plate of the GPU cooler that is designed to dissipate that heat. The stock thermal paste tends to solidify over time. So, reapplying a good-quality thermal paste can fix the issue.
Replace your GPU
If none of the above tips solves the issue, the problem might be with your GPU itself. There might be some faulty MOSFETs on your GPU that are causing this issue. If your GPU is still under warranty, then you should contact your manufacturer and ask them to replace it. Otherwise, you can buy a new GPU.
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Causes of GPU Artifacting
The most common causes of GPU artifacting are:
- Outdated software
- Damaged GPU
- Dry thermal paste
- VRAM issues
If you are suffering from GPU artefacting, you can try out the troubleshooting tips mentioned above. Hopefully, one of the tips will fix your GPU artifacting.