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I recently bought this factory overclocked msi gtx560ti oc edition. Its already overclocked at 880MHz core (from 822mhz default). It gave me a score of 4100(~) in 3dmark 11. I just OCed this gpu to 950MHz core and 2300MHz (1150mhz) memory. My 3dmark score went up to 4470. I know this is not too much for real world benefits, but every little gain in fps I get is welcome for the latest games like Witcher2. Now, my question is, is this OC safe? I want to use this card for at least 2 years before I sell it and get something newer. I am asking this because this is my first gpu oc. though I am familiar with ocing cpus, my previous gpus were not capable of maintaining lower temp while OCing.
    
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In my experience an OC may pass 3DMark or other benches but endup crashing in games (Crysis crashes even modest OC's in my rig). You won't damage anything unless you significantly alter voltages but be aware that your OC may crash in game...
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yes, it'll be fine (unless you added loads of voltage to do it). Basically if it's running on stock voltage you can't hurt it by running it faster providing it's stable.

But if it's a new card, you have warranty - which means you don't really need to worry anyway...
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The biggest factors for pretty much all components is heat and voltage, if you are keeping it cool, and not overvolting it, it should last for a very long time. Even if you have added some voltage to achieve the overclock, as long as it is kept cool when you run it, it should still last as long quite a while.
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I think my card is factory voltmodded to run at 1.0120v (not sure if its the stock voltage of 560Ti) at full load and 0.95v at lower load. I havent and will not increase voltage on it, that I am totally sure of. at 950Mhz core and stock voltage my card gave me 4fps gain in furmark (58 fps, every setting turned to the max possible) over 880Mhz core (54 fps). I havent tried any game yet but I will later, I think games wont crash at 950mhz core but thats just a happy feeling
    
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