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So... as long as my cooler can keep my VGA cool, can I bump up voltage as much as I want?
I have a 5850, @960/1200 and 1.2v, temps won't get past 60ºC while gaming... So can I put it at 1ghz/1200 and 1.3v?

I always thought that the only thing that limited an OC was Temps, due to high voltages, and clocks, due to low voltages.
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So... as long as my cooler can keep my VGA cool, can I bump up voltage as much as I want?
I have a 5850, @960/1200 and 1.2v, temps won't get past 60ºC while gaming... So can I put it at 1ghz/1200 and 1.3v?
I always thought that the only thing that limited an OC was Temps, due to high voltages, and clocks, due to low voltages.

The only other things to consider is that extreme voltages deteriorate your overclock faster. This naturally happens at almost any voltage, but the process is dramatically sped up once you start hitting extreme voltages. What's stable now may not be stable in a year. You will then need to bump the OC down or bump the voltage up a little more.

I typically work with Nvidia cards, so I'm not sure about AMD. That is the only other things to consider though. Temps and OC degradation.
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