Wednesday, June 27, 2012

FIXED: The Sims 3 Overheat

Hello Readers!
Photo Credit: EA
With the start of the summer, I'm sure a lot of you have checked your shelves and taken out a few games to dust them off! If you've taken out the Sims 3 from your shelf like I have, you may have run into a slight problem with it.

When I finally got my Sims 3 installed and ready to go, I realized that it was pushing my ASUS GeForce GTX 580 DCUII, which is a card that runs incredibly cool, to the 70 Celsius range, with the fans at 70% speed. At first I thought it was the crazy summer heat, but I was wrong. Shocking, isn't it?

What was the issue?  Well, this 2009 game was pushing my graphics card to render over 1,000 Frames Per Second (FPS). Logically, this exerts more strain on the GPU and thus more heat. I will explain the details of V-Sync and Overheating in my next post.

The solution? Activate VSync via the Nvidia Control Panel! (If you've got an AMD card, post a comment explaining how to do this for all you AMD users!) To avoid The Sims 3 from absolutely destroying your graphics card, right click the desktop, select Nvidia Control Panel, and then on the left select "Manage 3D settings..." Once in there, browse to the menu that allows you to make rules for an application.

Navigate to your Sims 3 directory, select the .exe files for the Expansion and Stuff Packs as well as TS3.exe and TS3W.exe in the core game directory. (Typically: C:\Program Files\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Game\Bin)

Now launch your game and enjoy The Sims 3, without bricking your PC!

Stay tuned for my next article on how to prevent overheating on all games, as well as learning more about this issue!

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Until next time and happy summer!


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