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I know you can overclock and use cable management to get better air flow so that your cards stay colder. Are their any other ways of getting better performance out of your GPU. Keep in mind that I have BFG cards so I have no warranty to brake. What about Flashing drivers? Could i flash my 260's to a 285 driver?
Edited by sabbathcrazy - 4/29/11 at 1:09pm
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post #2 of 18
Other than overclocking?
Installing the latest drivers can usually help.
Overclocking is really the only way though, and it's a lot easier than you might think.
Edited by VanillaCena - 4/29/11 at 1:00pm
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post #4 of 18
Staying colder won't exactly make your card faster in performance unless you have capacitors deteriorating [sic] or soldering not fully intact, The only way to increase IN USAGE performance is to overclock, new drivers, or tweaked drivers. If you want to look at tweaked drivers, you can try NGOHQ, or maybe Omega drivers.
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Honestly nothing you can do, other than a massive change in drivers(like from 260.89 to a 270.61 in the 4xx series), will improve your GPU performance like overclocking, especially in cases where you are using more than one GPU. However new drivers may go largely underutilized if the CPU can't process information quickly enough. You can try to play at a higher resolution or generally lower graphical effects as well.

My project on this entire subject will start shortly and should be completed in the next week:

http://www.overclock.net/pc-games/1002182-analysis-cpu-frequency-its-impact-gpu.html

but you can see the increase in performance just from a slight overclock here:
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Heaven25-PercentIncreaseinFramesPerSecondvsStock.png

This is a sample test from my upcoming project. With a 17% overclock average frames per second went up 22%!
Edited by Lampen - 4/29/11 at 1:07pm
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post #7 of 18
Clean the GPU fans! I remember I would get 10% performance boost for just cleaning out the dusty fans on my 4850. I would not flash the cards with 285 bios.
You can also just overclock them with stock volts if your scared of it breaking down.
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post #8 of 18
Buy a more powerful card?
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You can always overclock. But, that's only effective if the proc isn't a bottleneck.
 
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Find a way to underclock your brain.
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