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Good day chaps,

I've recently acquired the MSI GTX580 Lightning card and am looking to overclock it, but nothing extreme. I've seen alot of benchmarks on this forum from people oc-ing their Lightning cards, but all through increasing the voltage.
I'm looking to get the best possible overclock with the base voltage. What are the maximum overclocking settings I can get through Afterburner without increasing the voltage?

Thank you in advance,



Zaph
Edited by Zaphara - 10/10/11 at 3:12pm
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Overclocking a vga is only for benchmarking, in a real-world test you should not see changes at least you overclock it a lot.
    
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Good day chaps,

I've recently acquired the MSI GTX580 Lightning card and am looking to overclock it, but nothing extreme. I've seen alot of benchmarks on this forum from people oc-ing their Lightning cards, but all through increasing the voltage.
I'm looking to get the best possible overclock with the base voltage. What are the maximum overclocking settings I can get through Afterburner without increasing the voltage?

Thank you in advance,



Zaph
its really hard to get any "real world" benefits out of overclocking using the stock voltage...once you increase the voltage and then raise the clocks higher, then you "might" see some benefits, depending on the game

I'm not saying overclocking is useless...because I had a gtx 570, and overclocked it to 900mhz with a 1.1 voltage increase...it was on par with gtx 580 stock speeds...which I thought was nice since I paid nothing to get a gtx 580....but honestly, I can't see it happening without increasing the voltage...and therefore, increasing heat
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Mmm alright, is there a sensible "overclock point" then where the heat (and therefore noise as well) is still pretty good, if you overlock it more?

Let's say (just a random number) a overclock too 900 Mhz with the appropiate voltage increase would still keep the heat down whilst boosting a small real world performance?
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Let's see..... with my Lightning, I got mine up to 960Mhz with voltage bump to 1.14v . 900Mhz is nothing for the Lightning, I believe your card can do it without any voltage increase. At that voltages (1.14v), my card saw temps up to 75 degrees. Nothing out of this world. It did increase FPS in Heaven (normal tess, 16AF, 4xAA) by 10, BFBC2 by 8.

All cards OC differently, theres no sensible point as long as your card does not overheat or show artifacts, you are fine. sensible heat loads as in not over 85 degrees (people allow their cards to go to 90 degrees)

People OC to get the most performance out of their cards, at the sacrifice of noise and power consumption. And the nagging feeling that a 570 OCed can match a 580 stock just made me OC my 580.
    
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Mmm alright, is there a sensible "overclock point" then where the heat (and therefore noise as well) is still pretty good, if you overlock it more?

Let's say (just a random number) a overclock too 900 Mhz with the appropiate voltage increase would still keep the heat down whilst boosting a small real world performance?
i would say, as long as you keep it within 70-75C under load, you will be fine

just remember, you have a twin frozr 3 card...those coolers are beastly for air cooling....so you already have a 10-15C advantage over a stock reference cooler to begin with....IMO, you shouldn't have a problem overclocking and heat issues
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@ steven, 70-75 degrees? I think you are mistaking CPU temps with GPU temps lol. I get 70 degrees at Furmark at stock. GPU temps are good till 95, and start to get face problems around 100, though I never recommend GPUs to stay above 85 degrees honestly.
    
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Buying a lightning and not OCing it is like driving the speed limit on an aston martin.

It's meant to be unleashed!

My lightning can do 950 core @ 1.11v. That's a pretty good bump with a 5C temp increase. These cards are made for OCing so don't worry about anything breaking unless you go hardcore OCing which they are made for

As for stock voltages they vary. My card was not stable @ 900 on stock. Some cards can do it, some can't. Though I really do recommend atleast going 950. That's what these things are made for afterall
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@ steven, 70-75 degrees? I think you are mistaking CPU temps with GPU temps lol. I get 70 degrees at Furmark at stock. GPU temps are good till 95, and start to get face problems around 100, though I never recommend GPUs to stay above 85 degrees honestly.
haha, I guess I over exaggerated...
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