This is probably an unusual thread, the exact opposite of what people normally want. I was wondering, is it at all possible to get a program to do some Performance decreases of a video card? Don't mistake me however, I'm not looking for a program that will drain the GPU by constantly accessing it, rather setting limits, such as only being able to use half it's memory or similar effects. Perhaps a change to the BIOS? Or even some changes to the physical hardware? Is something like this even possible?
I would not recommend changes to the actual hardware of a Graphics Card.
Many graphics cards have "over-clocking" utilities. These can also be used to down-clock the card. Sometimes reducing power drain, and heat. It can also increase stability.
To know what course of action to recommend, we really need to know the model of the GPU in question.
You can likely slow down the gpu and memory clock speeds, depending on the card. Opposite of overclocking.
The model is an nVidia GeForce 7600 GS, and it's the AGP variant.
Try enabling coolbits. ForceWare Coolbits 2.0 download from Guru3D.com
That tool will enable the Coolbits overclocking tool in NVidia Geforce drivers.
Then just down-clock the card.
Thanks! That's exactly what I'm looking for.
Just curious, but why would you want to make your hardware slower?
Well, the card came factory overclocked, but it's overheating... despite the fact that I just cleaned it out a few days ago. The cards getting to be old, and it's been through a lot of punishment... especially in these past few months. I don't want the card to get any damage, permanent or otherwise, because I still need the card. I'd rather have it go slower than hotter. By punishment I mean Oblivion, Supreme Commander, and other high-range games... but most importantly extremely high-detail scenes in 3ds max, and very, very long render times, just a week ago I had a render that clocked in at eight hours.
You may want to check your case fans then if you've already cleaned your GPU fan/heatsink and it still seemed to be running hot.
Are you sure your case provides sufficient airflow to cool your graphics card?