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I have some questions about video card overclocking:

1.Is overclocking dangerous ?
2.Can overclocking damage the video card forever ?
3.Can overclocking damage the video card ?
4.What kind of damage can do the overclocking ?
5.What's the difference between unofficial overclock and factory overclock ?
6.It's a good idea to buy a factory overclocked video card ?
7.All video cards can be overclocked ?
8.What's the best program for overclocking ?
9.Games will run better on overclocked video cards ?
10.How to overclock a video card using a program ?
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There are tons of guides here:
Overclocking Nvidia cards: http://www.overclock.net/nvidia/5926...cking-faq.html

Overclocking ATI/AMD cards: http://www.overclock.net/amd-ati/633...d-ati-gpu.html

A guide on safe temperatures: http://www.overclock.net/nvidia/6517...ics-cards.html

A guide on volt modding: http://www.overclock.net/general-vol...ssentials.html

I have some answers about video card overclocking:

1. Overclocking can be dangerous with too much voltage/heat.

2. It is difficult but possible to permanently damage a GPU by overclocking.

3. Seriously, how is this any different from the above question?

4. See above two answers...

5. A factory overclock comes stock from the FACTORY; other cards have lower default clocks, but can usually be overclocked to the same level as factory overclocked cards.

6. If you get a factory overclocked GPU, it will run faster than a reference clocked GPU out of the box with no extra overclocking.

7. Yes, all recent video cards can be overclocked.

8. The best program for overclocking your card depends on your video card, and on your preference.

9. Yes, games will run with higher frame rates on faster video cards.

10. Read a guide on overclocking; I have linked a few.
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Originally Posted by MegaGamerRO View Post
I have some questions about video card overclocking:

1.Is overclocking dangerous ?
It is generally not, with the right balance of power and as to how far you push the memory and core clock speeds of a graphics card. Ideally, you'll want small increments, and up to 30mhz-50mhz each time.

Quote:
Originally Posted by MegaGamerRO View Post
I have some questions about video card overclocking:

2.Can overclocking damage the video card forever ?
It depends on how hard you overclock. A soft or even mild overclock won't do too much damage since GPUs are big chips (they are bigger and can withstand heat better than a CPU). With good case airflow and cooling, there shouldn't be any damage.

Quote:
Originally Posted by MegaGamerRO View Post
I have some questions about video card overclocking:

3.Can overclocking damage the video card ?
Same as above. Ensure you don't go too far with the overclock, and make sure there is good airflow and cooling (get an aftermarket cooler or a non-reference design card such as MSI's twin frozr II) and that will prolong the card's lifespan since it is operating at lower temperatures.

Quote:
Originally Posted by MegaGamerRO View Post
I have some questions about video card overclocking:

4.What kind of damage can do the overclocking ?
Mostly shortening the lifespan of a GPU. Similar to a CPU, it will just make it wear out faster or even die one day, should you overclock too extremely. Bad overclocks or not enough power on a different note may just cause crashes, blue screens or even "artifacts" during gaming (little bug-like tears on the screen).

Quote:
Originally Posted by MegaGamerRO View Post
I have some questions about video card overclocking:

5.What's the difference between unofficial overclock and factory overclock ?
An unofficial overclock would be an overclock that you do yourself. D.I.Y ?
A factory overclock would be one that the manufacturer does for you beforehand, hence "factory" - it's already been made faster for you for convenience, since not everyone knows how to overclock.

Quote:
Originally Posted by MegaGamerRO View Post
I have some questions about video card overclocking:


6.It's a good idea to buy a factory overclocked video card ?
It is generally a good idea yes, because factory overclocked cards mean they have bumped up the voltages a bit already for you, hence the overclock being made possible. This means you can overclock a bit more at stock voltage than you can over a reference, standard card at clock speeds. It provides a bit more headroom as a result, and factory overclocked cards such as MSI's twin frozr ii's also comes with other added features to be more OC friendly, i.e. better quality components to ensure stability and even durability, since they know you will want to OC further with it. They will be built for this kind of thing in mind.

Quote:
Originally Posted by MegaGamerRO View Post
I have some questions about video card overclocking:

7.All video cards can be overclocked ?
Almost all of the latest video cards can, yes. This is because more and more ppl and wanting to get more out of their cards and has you could say, become a mainstream/trend thing.

Quote:
Originally Posted by MegaGamerRO View Post
I have some questions about video card overclocking:

8.What's the best program for overclocking ?
The majority of people use MSI Afterburner. Download it here:
Quote:
Originally Posted by MegaGamerRO View Post
I have some questions about video card overclocking:

1.Is overclocking dangerous ?
It is generally not, with the right balance of power and as to how far you push the memory and core clock speeds of a graphics card. Ideally, you'll want small increments, and up to 30mhz-50mhz each time.

Quote:
Originally Posted by MegaGamerRO View Post
I have some questions about video card overclocking:

2.Can overclocking damage the video card forever ?
It depends on how hard you overclock. A soft or even mild overclock won't do too much damage since GPUs are big chips (they are bigger and can withstand heat better than a CPU). With good case airflow and cooling, there shouldn't be any damage.

Quote:
Originally Posted by MegaGamerRO View Post
I have some questions about video card overclocking:

3.Can overclocking damage the video card ?
Same as above. Ensure you don't go too far with the overclock, and make sure there is good airflow and cooling (get an aftermarket cooler or a non-reference design card such as MSI's twin frozr II) and that will prolong the card's lifespan since it is operating at lower temperatures.

Quote:
Originally Posted by MegaGamerRO View Post
I have some questions about video card overclocking:

4.What kind of damage can do the overclocking ?
Mostly shortening the lifespan of a GPU. Similar to a CPU, it will just make it wear out faster or even die one day, should you overclock too extremely. Bad overclocks or not enough power on a different note may just cause crashes, blue screens or even "artifacts" during gaming (little bug-like tears on the screen).

Quote:
Originally Posted by MegaGamerRO View Post
I have some questions about video card overclocking:

5.What's the difference between unofficial overclock and factory overclock ?
An unofficial overclock would be an overclock that you do yourself. D.I.Y ?
A factory overclock would be one that the manufacturer does for you beforehand, hence "factory" - it's already been made faster for you for convenience, since not everyone knows how to overclock.

Quote:
Originally Posted by MegaGamerRO View Post
I have some questions about video card overclocking:


6.It's a good idea to buy a factory overclocked video card ?
It is generally a good idea yes, because factory overclocked cards mean they have bumped up the voltages a bit already for you, hence the overclock being made possible. This means you can overclock a bit more at stock voltage than you can over a reference, standard card at clock speeds. It provides a bit more headroom as a result, and factory overclocked cards such as MSI's twin frozr ii's also comes with other added features to be more OC friendly, i.e. better quality components to ensure stability and even durability, since they know you will want to OC further with it. They will be built for this kind of thing in mind.

Quote:
Originally Posted by MegaGamerRO View Post
I have some questions about video card overclocking:

7.All video cards can be overclocked ?
Almost all of the latest video cards can, yes. This is because more and more ppl and wanting to get more out of their cards and has you could say, become a mainstream/trend thing.

Quote:
Originally Posted by MegaGamerRO View Post
I have some questions about video card overclocking:

8.What's the best program for overclocking ?
Most people use MSI Afterburner: http://event.msi.com/vga/afterburner/download.htm

Quote:
Originally Posted by MegaGamerRO View Post
I have some questions about video card overclocking:

9.Games will run better on overclocked video cards?
Yes, because just like overclocking a CPU, you're putting the graphics card into overdrive and forcing it to run faster than it should. The result is faster processing and data bandwidth, resulting in higher average, minimum and maximum FPS overall.


Quote:
Originally Posted by MegaGamerRO View Post
10. I have some questions about video card overclocking:
How to overclock a video card using a program ?
As linked above, for NVIDIA cards: http://www.overclock.net/nvidia/5926...cking-faq.html

And for AMD cards: http://www.overclock.net/amd-ati/633...d-ati-gpu.html
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