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The most stable I could get my GTX 570 Superclocked Edition was 835/1990 with 1050mV. Stock clocks and stock voltages, my card was unstable, so I raised the Core Voltage to 1025mV and that seems stable with stock clocks. I've seen others at least get up to 900/2000 on 1050mV. I know each card is different, but I thought those clocks were basically reachable as a standard.

I tried raising the Core Clock in increments of 5, Crysis 2 crashed, so I lowered it back down to 835 and then raised my Memory Clock to 1995 and Crysis 2 crashed again. Am I overclocking this card wrong?
Edited by tmaz42o - 10/19/11 at 10:45pm
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If comparing against one of mine it does. How are you overclocking and what are you using to stress test?

Single MSI GTX 570 (N570GTX-M2D12D5) Overclock settings (using a Koolance GTX 570/580 Full Cover Water block Max GPU Temp = 43C):
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1150 | 1000 | 2000 | 2260 (BIOS flash)
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1000 | 880 | 1760 | 2260
963 | 790 | 1600 | 2260
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I think you just got a slower chip. I had a 570 that would only do 865 on 1100mv, the other two I had would run 900 easily on 1025mv. Luck of the draw really, although it does suck to have a gimpy one as long as you can reach a stable OC and play games how you want then everything is fine, right?
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Originally Posted by El_Capitan;15315127 
If comparing against one of mine it does. How are you overclocking and what are you using to stress test?

Single MSI GTX 570 (N570GTX-M2D12D5) Overclock settings (using a Koolance GTX 570/580 Full Cover Water block Max GPU Temp = 43C):
Core Voltage | Core Clock | Shader Clock | Memory Clock (in MSI Afterburner)
1150 | 1000 | 2000 | 2260 (BIOS flash)
1100 | 960 | 1920 | 2260
1050 | 920 | 1840 | 2260
1000 | 880 | 1760 | 2260
963 | 790 | 1600 | 2260
963 | 732 | 1464 | 1900 (Stock)

I'm using MSI Afterburner to overclock, I'm increasing the Core Clock by increments of 5MHz, play Crysis 2, if it crashes, I'll decrease the Core Clock by 5 and then increase the Memory Clock by 5, play Crysis 2, if it crashes, I'll decrease the Memory Clock by 5. At 1050mV and 835/1990, my temps average at 45°C and max out at around 50°C.

Do you think it would be safe to go 1100mV just to play games? And then lower it back to 1025mV when I'm folding?
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Originally Posted by tmaz42o;15315285 
I'm using MSI Afterburner to overclock, I'm increasing the Core Clock by increments of 5MHz, play Crysis 2, if it crashes, I'll decrease the Core Clock by 5 and then increase the Memory Clock by 5, play Crysis 2, if it crashes, I'll decrease the Memory Clock by 5. At 1050mV and 835/1990, my temps average at 45°C and max out at around 50°C.

Do you think it would be safe to go 1100mV just to play games? And then lower it back to 1025mV when I'm folding?

1100 is completely fine. Most people instantly max their voltage to 1100 because its quite easily dealt with temp wise. Like I run constantly 1100 voltage at 900 core clock with temps at like 70*C full load
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Originally Posted by hahysera;15315298 
1100 is completely fine. Most people instantly max their voltage to 1100 because its quite easily dealt with temp wise. Like I run constantly 1100 voltage at 900 core clock with temps at like 70*C full load

What's the max temp I should try avoiding?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by tmaz42o;15315326 
What's the max temp I should try avoiding?

I personally wouldn't enjoy going over 80-85*C. Anything under 80*C is PERFECTLY safe I would personally say.

These cards crap out at around 95*C

EDIT: I'm at 1100/900/1800/2050 BTW in MSI Afterburner. 100% stable on OCCT, 3Dmark, unigene heaven, BF3 (tons of hours 40+). Temps have never touched the 80+ Between 65-75 max loads
Edited by hahysera - 10/14/11 at 11:07pm
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Is there anything else I can do to stabilize my card or am I just SOL?
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Originally Posted by tmaz42o;15315362 
Is there anything else I can do to stabilize my card or am I just SOL?

Basically what I did was bump the fan and voltage to max. Start at 850 core clock, memory stock at 1900. Keep bumping the core clock by 10 and running 3DMARK or OCCT or furmark or heaven or some high graphics game. Something hopefully that would tell you if ur getting errors. Run it for about 1-5 mins for a quick stability check. Keep raising it by 10 untill you cant run for 1-5 mins and it crashes. Literally u will crash and MSI afterburner will reset to default. Once you hit that point, you can try to back it down about 10, and bump the memory maybe to 2000. Keep testing for like 1-5 mins. Once u feel decently stable and it passes a 5 min test, go for like 45 mins in heaven, or maybe 1 hour on OCCT or do a few 3Dmarks, furmark for a while. I basically know I'm stable because of BF3. That crushes video cards and I played the hell out of that game. I've done 1-2 hours on OCCT aswell and passes many 3Dmark tests. 3Dmark seemed pretty good for me to test on. It will almost instantly crash if ur too high core clock

EDIT: U can also just set it straight to 950 and check if it crashes to get a instant result to see if ur chip can hit 950. Then drop to like 930, 910, 900, ect, ect

EDIT1: Theres not much else you can do to stabalize ur card. If you hit ur max of like 870 well then... thats ur max. You wont be able to push it more (unless you do all the bios stuff and unlock more voltage but ur risking a lot there), but some chips just suck, some are god chips and hit 950+. Mine I cant go past 900 without being 100% stable. 930 I can run 3Dmark, 970 I can run OCCT, 920 I can run BF3, but 900 I can run it all stable. It just depends on the chip.

EDIT2: Dont be too scared though, GPUs arent like CPUs where u can harm them extremely badly. They can take a bit more abuse I would say. Also, almost everyone with 570's runs 1100 volts, so its not a big deal if U bump it up there. Also not a big deal if it crashes. It will just give u a message saying ur driver stopped responding and will reset ur clocks. Ur at like 55*C, you have nothing to worry about with temps so bump that core clock!
Edited by hahysera - 10/14/11 at 11:17pm
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What Nvidia driver are you using, btw?
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