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So I was checking on my folding earlier, and saw my GPU PPD was extremely low. Then I noticed that my fan on my GPU was really quiet, looked at it was only at 38c. Then I checked afterburner, which says it is at 99% usage. How can it be at 99% but slight above idle temp, with 4k ppd

PPD on the 560 I think is usually closer to 10-15k...I don't pay that much attention though to exacts
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post #2 of 20
It will have dropped to stock clocks, so it folding away but at very low core speed.

Which driver are you using? - I see it's 275. Drop back to 266

Use GPU-Z to see what your actual clocks are - Afterburner only displays what it thinks your clocks should be...

You can force Afterburner to use your full speed clocks in 2D mode though - it's in the preferences.
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Nah that's not a bug, I run stock clocks especially when folding, twin frozr II doesn't have VRM heatsinks I guess and I'm way too poor to replace my card So I play it safe. The 266 drivers are better? I've always used 275 that's what was out when I got it.
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Hmm well you were right, I looked at cpu-z and my clocks are Core: 50MHz, Shaders: 101MHz, Memory: 135MHz. Any idea what caused this? Gonna reboot quick to see if it fixes it.

Edit: That was idle clocks...I started folding again and they are
Core: 405
Shaders: 810
Memory: 324
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post #5 of 20
sorry - when I said stock I meant 2D clocks. Some of the drivers have issues with some cards dropping down to their 2D low-power modes when folding. So your core drops to 50MHz and your PPD drops by 70%.
post #6 of 20
A reboot may fix it permanently, or it may fix it for a few hours/minutes/days and then it'll likely happen again.

As I said - in the Afterburner preferences you can force it to use the 3D clocks even in 2D mode. So even if it happens again the card still ends up running the same speed (and you don't have to overclock the card if you don't wish to - but let's be honest, this is OCN. So OC the nuts of it!)
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Oh sweet, yeah reboot set it back correctly now, Weird thing was I loaded a game and it was running at 25fps instead of 90, shouldn't it have switched back to 3d mode? Thanks for the explanation, I didn't realize there was a difference between the 3d and 2d mode lol. I can't find the option in afterburner to force 3d clocks, do I just set it to use the profile as 2d and 3d mode? Yeah I wanna overclock it, just wanna look into the cooling and/or add vrm heatsinks. <- Or if you know anything more about that feel free to educate me
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post #8 of 20
If you stick at stock volts don't give the VRMs a second thought - they'll be fine. At stock volts you can basically go nuts as nothing will break. As it's a 560 I'm assuming it was bought retail - which means it'll be under warranty unless you do some modifications - like adding VRM sinks. MSI publish Afterburner, so they can't really complain when you use it...

Yes - you just set the 2D and 3D profile the same, then choose your clocks and save it to the relevant profile.

Once it drops to the 2D clocks it usually sits there til you reboot - which can be very frustrating.
post #9 of 20
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Okay, yeah I guess I didn't think that through very much...same as a cpu same voltage same temps, clocks don't matter as long as it's stable? Yeah I bought it from newegg I think it has like a 3 year warranty...I guess same as the CPU they can't tell/don't care that it's overclocked. I guess I just have the pessimist view that they will find any excuse to not return it, and I'm out 250$ lol
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Is there a good way to test folding stability for a GPU overclock? I heard that stuff like furmark is actually really bad for the card because of how much it stresses it...stable for a few hours of gaming = folding stable? And do you still recommend that I use the 266 drivers?
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