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Hey guys just got my pc up and running had ordered it via dell then changed out the psu with TX850 and graphics card with Zotac GTX 580. I downloaded Msi Afterburner because by keeping fan speed at Auto I was seeing temperatures of 78. I have set up a fan-curve on afterburner and now am in 65's while playing crysis on everything max.

I was wondering if I was to overclock my card (is it possible on the reference card or worth it?) how do I go about doing it via Msi afterburner.

The Core voltage as of now is blocked in afterburner, core clock is default at 772, shader at 1544, memory at 2004, idles at fan speed 40.

Has anyone overclocked this card successfully? and at what settings of msi afterburner were used to achieve a stable OC?

Thanks in advance!!!
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Here's a guide for Enabling "Unofficial Overclocking" in MSI afterburner, however I would not overclock it until you find out whether Zotac will void warranty, something I would really like to know myself as I'm getting a Zotac 580 next week!

http://www.overclock.net/amd-ati/641...terburner.html
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In MSI Afterburner, goto settings and in Safety Properties tick on Unlock Voltage Control. Now you have control of the Core Voltage.
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LivingChampion Thanks for the answer, I did see that option in the settings however I wanted to find out what settings are good for voltage, like what is a safe threshold that I should be trying to achieve?

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Here's a guide for Enabling "Unofficial Overclocking" in MSI afterburner, however I would not overclock it until you find out whether Zotac will void warranty, something I would really like to know myself as I'm getting a Zotac 580 next week!
Congrats on the purchase its a monster card I love it! Although do change the fan speed from "auto" to user defined under afterburner, the zotac firestorm that comes with the card is pretty crappy it was keeping my card at 80 degrees.
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Ok, here's some of my experiences with the overclocks and voltages. I'm using a reference design from EVGA.

@stock (it varies, mine was at 1.013v) (so without altering the voltage)

You should be able to do 825 on the core and 2125-2150 on the memory

@1.050v (this is what I'm using atm)

You should be able to do 850-880ish on the core and 2150-2200 on the memory

@1.080v

You should be able to do 900 and a bit more on the core and definitely 2200+ on the memory

Hope that helps - I ran 3d mark 11, Heaven and some other benchmarks to check everytime if it would crash or give any errors.
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Thanks darco19 I will try it out and post back here how it worked! My card is currently at 0.962v stock. So going to 1.050v should be safe? To do 825 and 2125?

Orange Bunnies: I dont think it should void zotacs warranty as Zotac gtx 580 comes with the Zotac Firestorm software to specifically overclock it.
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I have my 580 running at 900 core 1800 shader and 2050 memory at 1.097V on air.

Edit: Overclocking anything will void the warranty. But as long as you don't say anything, they'll never know. If you don't suicide run it immediately that is.
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I just posted this on a similar thread. You can over clock without any voltage bump for quite some time. My GTX 580 is a EVGA SC version. BTW welcome to OCN !

Acceptable is settling for less than perfect. If it's got errors, you'll either need to back down clocks or bump up voltage. Don't pass 1.1v on air however. When you reach top clocks without errors and stable system is your GPU OC limit. All GPU's OC different limits and luck of the draw.

My default voltage is 1.0872v. I found out that default voltage can vary from GPU to GPU. I was always wondering why other people would get lower temps than me at stock core default voltage. I currently lowered mine to 1.0750v which brought down my temps by 1C and still run stable.

Here are some of my 580 SC clocks to help you.

The GTX 580 SC is 3% gain higher than a GTX 580 vanilla at stock speeds.

39-40C idle @ stock 797Mhz core on SC which is a 3% gain over vanilla stock.

40-41C idle @ 838Mhz core on SC which is 8% gain over vanilla stock. 838 Core/1061 Memory/1676 Shader

41-42C idle @ 855Mhz core on SC which is 10% gain over vanilla stock. 855/1086/1710

42-43C idle @ 875Mhz core on SC which is 13% gain over vanilla stock. 875/1111/1750

43-44C idle @ 890Mhz core on SC which is 15% gain over vanilla stock. 890/1135/1780

To go higher stable I have to bump my GPU to 1.1000 voltage.

44-46C idle @912Mhz core on SC which is 17% gain over vanilla stock.

Now when I OC I bump up across the board for Core / Memory / Shader to be exactly the same percentage gain on each GPU-Z validation.

I got clocked to on my final score 3D Mark 11 mid level performance score of 6902. On an i7 950 @ 3.8Ghz OC - GPU 1.1000 voltage @ 912Mhz core.
3D Mark 11 score of 6902.

Temps maxed regardless of over clock when I play Crysis 2 max as high as 82C and with the 580 they can handle up to 95C before I'd start to worry easily, though they shouldn't reach that high on single card set ups.

PS. Those are the actual clock speeds. Open up GPU-Z. MSI Afterburner has settings clocks differently please note. In other words when I say 875/1111/1751 for GPU-Z which is acurate clocs on Afterburner those clocks show differently at 876 Core / 2222 Memory / 1751 Shader.

In case you didn't know the term 'vanilla' is EVGA's stock card. 'SC' is super clocked which come factory over clocked higher than the vanilla's. I originally thought it was better binned VRM if they came over clocked already since they garrantee the warranty. It may have been false beccause Vanilla cards over clock just as well as SC cards. So for you those clocks might mean different percentages of over clocks. But your card is similar in 580, I just don't know much about the Zotac brand not being as main stream.
     
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Thanks darco19 I will try it out and post back here how it worked! My card is currently at 0.962v stock. So going to 1.050v should be safe? To do 825 and 2125?

Orange Bunnies: I dont think it should void zotacs warranty as Zotac gtx 580 comes with the Zotac Firestorm software to specifically overclock it.
With 1.050v, you can do 855 on the core and 2175 on the memory without any problems
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