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I'm new to overclocking and I want to overclock my GPU to the limits. Can you guys point me to the right direction by providing me a comprehensive and reliable guide for my quest?

What is the best software to do this? Or is it better to flash the GPU directly?

Many thanks to all.
post #2 of 13
Use msi after burner and see what clocks people are getting with your card. I get 960MHz core/1920 shaders/2100MHz mem @1.075v

When you do an overclock run the kombuster software and check for crashes and artifacting. If it crashes bump up the voltage a little.
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Use msi after burner and see what clocks people are getting with your card. I get 960MHz core/1920 shaders/2100MHz mem @1.075v

When you do an overclock run the kombuster software and check for crashes and artifacting. If it crashes bump up the voltage a little.
I'll try this with my 570, thanks!
     
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I'll try this with my 570, thanks!
Be advised that Kombustor/Furmark will cause the OCP to activate in 570s and 580s, making those programs useless for stability testing while OCing. You can read a little bit about OCP here.

A good alternative is Unigine Heaven, which doesn't cause OCP to activate, but still puts a good stress on the card.

Happy OCing
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Be advised that Kombustor/Furmark will cause the OCP to activate in 570s and 580s, making those programs useless for stability testing while OCing. You can read a little bit about OCP here.

A good alternative is Unigine Heaven, which doesn't cause OCP to activate, but still puts a good stress on the card.

Happy OCing
I didn't even know they had that feature. Thanks man! +REP
     
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Be advised that Kombustor/Furmark will cause the OCP to activate in 570s and 580s, making those programs useless for stability testing while OCing. You can read a little bit about OCP here.

A good alternative is Unigine Heaven, which doesn't cause OCP to activate, but still puts a good stress on the card.

Happy OCing
Just to confirm, this is not applicable with my card, right?
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Doh, my bad Yeah, it applies to alishaikh's card, but not yours. Sorry for any confusion!
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No worries, thanks
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What is the max temp that I should be aware of when I'm OC'ing my GPU?
post #10 of 13
The card can take up to ~105C before it shuts off to protect itself from damage. That said, I wouldn't run it at more than 85C for an extended period of time.
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