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  1. Good day,
    I have the following setup:
    Win 7 Ultimate 64bit
    Intel Core 2 @9500 Quad 2.83GHZ
    8GB
    MSI NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Gaming X
    Driver 441.87

    Whenever I'm using Chrome Browser and then run MSI Afterburner, I noticed that that the GPU & Memory frequency and temperature are quite high as if I'm playing some game!
    GPU Clock: 1582MHZ
    Memory Clock: 4006MHZ
    Temperature: 59C


    If I close Chrome, they drop down to normal idle settings.
    GPU Clock: 139MHZ
    Memory Clock: 405MHZ
    Temperature: 46C

    This does not happen when I use Firefox or TOR and remains idle.

    So is there something wrong here and what can I do?! It doesn't seem right going so high by just running Chorme?!
    Perhaps I have caught some malware, virus that uses my GPUs resources to mine crypto currency & bit coins?!

    Any info would be highly appreciated!
    Thanks in advance
    Last edited by retroborg; 28th Jun 2021 at 09:29.
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    go into chrome settings and disable hardware acceleration and restart your browser and see if that helps.
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  3. Maybe you have a plugin that's mining bitcoin in the background.
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    seriously, did you look at the numbers you posted?

    Whenever I'm using Chrome Browser and then run MSI Afterburner, I noticed that that the GPU & Memory frequency and temperature are quite high as if I'm playing some game!
    GPU Clock: 139MHZ
    Memory Clock: 405MHZ
    Temperature: 59C

    If I close Chrome, they drop down to normal idle settings.
    GPU Clock: 1582MHZ
    Memory Clock: 4006MHZ
    Temperature: 46C

    139MHZ vs 1582MHZ and 405MHZ vs 4006MHZ.


    your card is idling and i'd guess the temp reading is wrong. there is no way a card at 139MHZ with mem clocked at 405MHZ is over 30c.
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  5. Originally Posted by october262 View Post
    go into chrome settings and disable hardware acceleration and restart your browser and see if that helps.
    OK, I just disabled hardware acceleration in the Chrome Advanced settings and now the GPU, Mem & Temp remain low same as in Firefox. So is that Hardware acceleration in Chrome even needed and where does it benefit overall? It seems to stress the card a lot when it's on!
    There is also another setting "Continue running background apps when Google Chrome is closed" which I also disabled but it doesn't seem to affect the GPU either way. I don't even know what's the point of having this enabled when you're not running Chrome?!
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  6. Originally Posted by aedipuss View Post
    seriously, did you look at the numbers you posted?

    Whenever I'm using Chrome Browser and then run MSI Afterburner, I noticed that that the GPU & Memory frequency and temperature are quite high as if I'm playing some game!
    GPU Clock: 139MHZ
    Memory Clock: 405MHZ
    Temperature: 59C

    If I close Chrome, they drop down to normal idle settings.
    GPU Clock: 1582MHZ
    Memory Clock: 4006MHZ
    Temperature: 46C

    139MHZ vs 1582MHZ and 405MHZ vs 4006MHZ.


    your card is idling and i'd guess the temp reading is wrong. there is no way a card at 139MHZ with mem clocked at 405MHZ is over 30c.

    Yes! It was just a typo! I meant to write those in reverse!

    Anyway, I just disabled hardware acceleration in the Chrome Advanced settings and now the GPU, Mem & Temp remain low same as in Firefox. So is that Hardware acceleration in Chrome even needed and where does it benefit overall? It seems to stress the card a lot when it's on!
    There is also another setting "Continue running background apps when Google Chrome is closed" which I also disabled but it doesn't seem to affect the GPU either way. I don't even know what's the point of having this enabled when you're not running Chrome?!
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    Continue running background apps when Google Chrome is closed means that chrome is still running in the background,this helps slower computers,same for the hardware acceleration,only needed for slower computers.
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    Originally Posted by retroborg View Post
    Originally Posted by october262 View Post
    go into chrome settings and disable hardware acceleration and restart your browser and see if that helps.
    OK, I just disabled hardware acceleration in the Chrome Advanced settings and now the GPU, Mem & Temp remain low same as in Firefox. So is that Hardware acceleration in Chrome even needed and where does it benefit overall? It seems to stress the card a lot when it's on!
    There is also another setting "Continue running background apps when Google Chrome is closed" which I also disabled but it doesn't seem to affect the GPU either way. I don't even know what's the point of having this enabled when you're not running Chrome?!
    read here to see what hardware acceleration actually does - https://www.howtogeek.com/412738/how-to-turn-hardware-acceleration-on-and-off-in-chrome/
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