Crippling the RTX 2060 to lower its TDP


I’m not even sure this is the right place to ask, but here goes.

I wanted to purchase the RTX 2060 in order to learn more about the card’s offerings. However, I can’t have machines with moving parts. 2060’s specs show a maximum TDP of 160W which is 25W over the capabilities of best end-user-available GPU radiators. So I’m looking into possible ways of lowering the max TDP. My first idea is that modern nVidia GPUs do re-clocking based on profiles stored in the VBIOS. At least that was the case with the last GPU that I’ve investigated, the GT 330M. If this is still true, I would need a VBIOS that has its clock profiles scaled appropriately so that even on the highest profile, its TDP will not exceed 130W. The 5W is just for a good buffer in case a heat wave comes across the country to foil my plans. Another idea suggested by a friend is to do a downvolt and sacrifice stability.

I’m fully aware this would have a toll on performance. This is perfectly fine with me. In the past I’ve gone as far as to run CPUs on a 90% downclock just to make passive cooling possible and I didn’t complain about performance.

What solution would be possible, permanent and independent of OS-level drivers? I’m asking because the card is going to be used on a variety of systems, usually Gentoo, Ubuntu, Windows and FreeBSD.

Best regards,
G. Nerd