To control Nvidia GPU fan speed via Terminal on Linux Mint 20 with a 1070 Ti:
sudo nvidia-xconfig --cool-bits=4
to tell nvidia-xconfig to allow the fan to be controlled in the command line. You may need to reboot here.
Gives information about the GPU(s) and their numbers. Importantly I note that my 1070 Ti is GPU 0.
nvidia-settings -a "[gpu:0]/GPUFanControlState=1" -a "[fan:0]/GPUTargetFanSpeed=55"
For a much more detailed overview of this feature including multiple GPU fans, check out this thorough documentation Nvidia Overclocking and Cooling
For a somewhat rambling and wayward thread which lead me to the above link, check out Set Fanspeed in Linux from Terminal
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And as an extra tidbit not asked for in this question, you can also adjust the power output of your Nvidia GPU with:
sudo nvidia-smi -i 0 -pl 90
Where the 0 is my GPU number, and the 90 is the maximum power in watts. If you set this too low, you will get an error. In my limited experience, setting it too high had no effect.
I found I can get 95%+ performance for ~75% energy cost by setting the power level to 100 in the above command in my mining rig, but I imagine other power conscious users would appreciate this too.