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I was thinking that i will be upgrading my gpu soon and i will probably just ebay my gtx 285.

in the mean time i was thinking of giving it a bit more power with a small OC.
I hear EVGA precision tool is a good program and i have only used it to increase my fan speeds.

Any advice before i change the core clocks and fry my gpu
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I would use MSI afterburner, it's pretty much the same exact thing. The reason I recommend afterburner is it allows you to create custom fan curves to deal with the temps. I don't like the auto control so much.
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Msi Afterburner > EVGA Precision.

Only time I'd recommend not using afterburner is when it isn't compatible with your card (ie non-reference non-msi cards).

Just go slow. Don't aim for the stars to start.
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Yeah, Afterburner.

And as long as you don't overvolt your GPU then it's safe to do. You don't even have to touch the volts if you are only aiming for a small overclock.

Perhaps expect a few BSoD's, but that should be it.
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Take it slow and watch out for artifacts and BSODs.
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Originally Posted by -Apocalypse- View Post
Msi Afterburner > EVGA Precision.

Only time I'd recommend not using afterburner is when it isn't compatible with your card (ie non-reference non-msi cards).

Just go slow. Don't aim for the stars to start.
My non-reference non-MSI card supports Afterburner, including voltage...
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post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by Concorde105 View Post
My non-reference non-MSI card supports Afterburner, including voltage...
Yeah it should, not sure what the person you quoted was talking about.
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My non-reference non-MSI card supports Afterburner, including voltage...
It's a reference PCB, That's what I meant. Cards like the Asus DCII, Gainward Phantom, Palit Sonic, Gigabyte Ultra Durable, ect are not supported by Afterburner. The only non-reference PCBs supported by afterburner are MSI-designed.
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post #9 of 10
Just take it short, and up it alittle at a time. Then benchmark it to see if it is stable.
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post #10 of 10
Most people have covered all the necessities already, especially about overvolting. Do bit by bit and test for stability, but honestly if you're doing like a 3% overclock it shouldn't be a problem.

On another note, when you upgrade you should keep your old one for physx/folding. Unless you're strapped for cash I completely understand and it's not my place, but just throwing out a suggestion, good luck!
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