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post #1 of 19
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Hi

ppl with Msi GTX 460 hawk VGA card plz tell me how do i overclock my GTX 460 ?

i need a stable 850 or 900 mhz whatever mhz possible ?

i'll be using the overcloked setting only while playing games to get good fps rest of the time my vga will be on stock settings.

my ambient room temps are 30 to 34*c.

plz suggest all settings for overclock with voltage tweaks n memory clock settings.
post #2 of 19
First, use MSI afterburner to OC your card. There are a couple of ways to go about OCing your GPU. The quickest way is to set your core voltage to 1.087v (max setting) and then work on your core clock first before touching your mems. Increase your core clock 25 Mhz (if you want to be aggressive you can just slide the bar to the OC level you want and test it) at a time and test by either running games or test using Kombustor for stability. Once you've hit a stable clock then start pushing your memory clock.

Remember that the mems are rated at (afterburner reading) 2000 Mhz (effectively 4000 Mhz) so you should be able to hit that with no issues. Same rules apply, but I have OC'D by just sliding the bars to my desired level and testing.

If you check out my sig rig, I run currently at 900 core clock, 1800 shader clock (shaders are automatically OC'd when you move your core clock) and 2050 memory clock (effective 4200 Mhz). your card should be able to hit this as well.
Edited by mark_thaddeus - 5/16/11 at 7:27pm
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After OCing, what you might want to do is to start lowering your core voltage and see how low your card can go in terms of voltage and still be stable. Don't forget to test for stability.

In terms of stability. I personally test (before) using Kombustor but now with their newer versions it really puts a tremendous load on your card that is not a real representation of the load we normally put when using our GPU. My advice is to play a game that puts 100% load when played like Crysis or Metro 2033 and play for a good 15~30 minutes and check for artifacting. If you can game without artifacting then your card should be stable and good.
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thanks mark, can you tell me your current voltage as well so i can just oc to the same settings as you did if its stable

i will set my core to 900mhz n mem to 2050mhz just tell me the voltage n will test it for stability.

i have corsiar tx 750 psu so no issues + i want the 900mhz clock just while playing games n rest of time i am satisfied with the stock clock n settings.
post #5 of 19
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as we know gtx 460 gulps watt/ performance than latest energy efficient cards so i just need the oc for games for better fps for HD gaming.
post #6 of 19
Don't OC the Memory it's just pissing in the wind and you can brick a card..

Use MSi Afterburner and Kombuster for stress testing it..

Set 900mhz up and steadily increase Voltage to get it stable. Watch the temps aswell.
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thanks mark, can you tell me your current voltage as well so i can just oc to the same settings as you did if its stable

i will set my core to 900mhz n mem to 2050mhz just tell me the voltage n will test it for stability.

i have corsiar tx 750 psu so no issues + i want the 900mhz clock just while playing games n rest of time i am satisfied with the stock clock n settings.
You should be made aware that using another person's settings is never a good way to OC your card, especially with bin'd aftermarket cooled cards, as they can all potentially behave very differently. Some respond very well to voltage, others have more sensitive memory adjustments, and others can overheat much sooner for a variety of reasons.

I'm not saying his settings won't work for you, just that a majority of Overclocking is to test the strengths of your card, and you may be selling your card short if you use someone else's max settings.

I use similar methods to Mark, I use OCCT (just a preference), I like any load testers that check for artifacts, show max change in temp, and push the card beyond what games will so that I know how reliable it is. I also use Metro 2033's own benchmark tool, as it is stressful, consistent, and a real-world result that you can compare against any high-level setup to see your progress.
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thanks mark, can you tell me your current voltage as well so i can just oc to the same settings as you did if its stable

i will set my core to 900mhz n mem to 2050mhz just tell me the voltage n will test it for stability.

i have corsiar tx 750 psu so no issues + i want the 900mhz clock just while playing games n rest of time i am satisfied with the stock clock n settings.
In terms of voltage I use the max allowable by Afterburner which is 1.087 mV at my current setting (900/2050). The others are right in mentioning that you can use my settings as a template but it doesn't mean that you'll get the same OC as mine.

I would recommend sticking to the tried and tested method of stress testing your card first before deciding. As I also mentioned previously, OC your core first before jumping to OC your mems.

One last thing, I placed some vrm heatsinks in mine which enable me to push my mems a little bit further, I've actually been able to push it to 2100 (effective 4200) but decided on setting it to 2050 (effective 4100) so there's less heat generated by the mems.
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ok, can i oc the core n keep rest on auto ?
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30c is pretty warm for ambient. I believe a lot of people on here keep their ambient around 25c and less.
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