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Ive been asking a few questions over a few threads and I have a few more so I thought I would start a thread and ask them so they might be answered faster...

My highest score so far in heaven with settings from the top 30 thread is 2325, I achieved this with a 960 core clock and a 2250 memory clock. I just ran again at these speeds and my score was a couple hundred lower! my gpu usage has gone down too. Is there a way too ensure the best GPU usage in heaven because mine seems too fluctuate, sometimes ill get a whole bench at ~98% usage, sometimes itl be ~90% usage. How do i get the best usage?

Also, is it normal for heaven too run smoothly but then crash, when it seems stable like its not artifacting or anything? it looks absolutely fine then it just stops. no artifacts.

also, will downclocking my memory clock make it easier too get a higher core clock? its only at 16?0x1050 and the card is 1280mb...

Can you guys try and help me get more performance, so my current is 2326 and im trying too get this too 2405+, any tips or advice will be much appreciated.

Thanks

edit: also, im running 2x displays. will turning one off make it more stable or perform better?
heres bullitins too make my questions easier

1. How do I ensure best sli GPU usage in heaven?
2. What overclocking approach would you take too get your best heaven score at 1050p?
3. Do you have any tips or suggestions on how too get my OC higher without crashing.

Thanks
Edited by jacobrjett - 8/16/11 at 11:11pm
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this is overclock.net, i would have thought there would be more people with tips for my overclock here...

i guess i am going too have too admit defeat... i was only 79 heaven points away...
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You need to overclock the CPU, it's bottlenecking it seems. Also, turn off display number 2.
    
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thanks for your help. my cpu is only at 20% usage, and I dont think cpus make a big difference in this benchmark. do you think if i overclocked my cpu more i would get more FPS?

I tried running with only one screen and it seems too have better gpu usage.

However if i run a core clock above 965 it just crashes randomly into it. the problem is that i dont see any artifacting whatsoever throughout the benchmark, so it seems like its stable

sorry about my capitalization, my fingers are numb and i cannot be bothered typing properly.
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ZOMG i got 2397 points!!!! i need 8 more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

if anyone stumbles across this thread i got a much better score by turning one of my 2 monitors off and disconnecting it.
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thanks for your help. my cpu is only at 20% usage, and I dont think cpus make a big difference in this benchmark. do you think if i overclocked my cpu more i would get more FPS?

I tried running with only one screen and it seems too have better gpu usage.

However if i run a core clock above 965 it just crashes randomly into it. the problem is that i dont see any artifacting whatsoever throughout the benchmark, so it seems like its stable

sorry about my capitalization, my fingers are numb and i cannot be bothered typing properly.
It's cool. Many games will never do 100% on the CPU, just overclock to 4.5GHz and you WILL get 99% on both cards.
    
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You only waited 30 minutes before saying nobody was helping you in this thread.

If Unigine is crashing randomly that's very likely an unstable OC. I would try lowering your OC to something that will be 100% stable without crashing, it may actually improve your scores despite the lower clocks, the bonus of actually being stable is nice too.

For the memory clock I would first set it back down to stock and then only change your core OC and determine your max stable for that first. The reason for this is you want to keep the number of reasons for instability as low as possible (ideally just one at a time). Once you are positive that your core is 100% stable (this will take more than a few runs of Unigine WITHOUT crashing as well as a few hours of your most demanding games, also without crashing or artifacts) then you can start working on your memory OC. For this you will have to set a baseline of a few different benchmarks with your memory at stock and your core OC'd but to the level that you are positve it's 100% stable at. Once you have a baseline then you can increase the memory OC incrementally and then run the same series of benchmarks after each clock increase to verify that performance has gone up. The reason you MUST do it this way is because the GDDR5 used in your card has error correcting code (ECC) which will decrease in performance, as it tries to autocorrect it's own errors, long before it will actually crash or show other more typical signs of instability. So you must verify an increase in performance, or if the scores/FPS stay the same that's likely just margin of error but if they go down you know that your memory is unstable.

Oh and Unigine is very GPU bound but and if you are at 100% usage on both GPUs then you likely will see only a very small increase if at all from a CPU OC. But it won't hurt AS LONG AS YOU ARE STABLE on both CPU and GPUs, that should be a big takeaway from my post is that "kinda stable" isn't good enough my a long shot.

The combination of those things should increase your scores or at the very least make you stable whereas currently you are not. If this helps you then please consider folding on your CPU and GPUs, you can do a whole lot of good with such a powerful system, and I'd really appreciate it. The made up numbers that you get from benchmarking Unigine will actually mean something if you put your machine to good use by folding.
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It's cool. Many games will never do 100% on the CPU, just overclock to 4.5GHz and you WILL get 99% on both cards.
what this person said, if sandy usage is only 20%, that's actually a good thing. The lesser the work the cpu is doing = establishment that you have one of the best quad core processor on the market.

regarding the gpu usage, people get all twitchy and unsure about its performance and utilization. If you want to max out your gpu to whatever horsepower it is capable of, then just turn v-sync off. If you know your card is fast enough and can handle a steady 60 fps or high 50's, then just leave v-sync on. Your gpu utilization will be less, but you wont loose performance because the gpu is not stressing the card that much; which(in theory) is actually a good thing since it brings less heat and noise. People get too carried away with gpu utilization. As long as the card is working like it's suppose to, don't let the number game fool you.
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Just pulled a 2402, my aim is 2405+

Juano, that is some fantastic information, rep+

home demo sniper, thanks for your info, this is a benchmark so i have definately got vsync turned off, more gpu usage = more frames = more score, and im very close too the score that im aiming for. so for a gaming perspective you are totally right - but for a benchmarking perspective, the numbers mean EVERYTHING. Thanks
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Folding>rep to me. See my sig if you'd like to thank me.
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