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I've been reading a lot on the GTX 590 and its lack of overclockability. However all those cards that blew up on release were using a bad driver and stock air cooling. Now, almost a year and a half after release, I want to know what would happen if I overclocked my GTX 590 with the newest drivers and being watercooled. (Bought on October 2011 so it's not the ones from the initial release right?)

Please give me your thoughts.
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Hi.

The "problem" not was only the drivers, generally all those dual-GPUs don't overclock very well because temps are the limit factor. With watercooling on your GPU maybe you can get 100MHz more that on air. What brand is the GPU?

What I suggest your? Download MSI Afterburner, unlock the voltage control (Settings>General>Unlock voltage control) and star to rise the clock in little steps 20 - 30MHz and always test for stability with 3DMark 06 or 3DMark11 and maybe some games for a long time period.
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Hi.
The "problem" not was only the drivers, generally all those dual-GPUs don't overclock very well because temps are the limit factor. With watercooling on your GPU maybe you can get 100MHz more that on air. What brand is the GPU?
What I suggest your? Download MSI Afterburner, unlock the voltage control (Settings>General>Unlock voltage control) and star to rise the clock in little steps 20 - 30MHz and always test for stability with 3DMark 06 or 3DMark11 and maybe some games for a long time period.

The actual problem with the 590 is the poor VRM circuitry. Just like on the GTX570. Even if you put it under water and temps are great, going high on the voltage (to actually get a decent overclock) can cause your card to pop.
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it's EVGA Classified
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It'll be a full cover block not just cooling the GPUs, i think that's a given but wanted to make sure biggrin.gif
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The actual problem with the 590 is the poor VRM circuitry. Just like on the GTX570. Even if you put it under water and temps are great, going high on the voltage (to actually get a decent overclock) can cause your card to pop.

This.

I answered for you already in your other thread. http://www.overclock.net/t/1309130/overclocking-a-watercooled-gtx-590#post_18221258

I wouldn't advise unlocking the voltage on these cards.
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This.
I answered for you already in your other thread. http://www.overclock.net/t/1309130/overclocking-a-watercooled-gtx-590#post_18221258
I wouldn't advise unlocking the voltage on these cards.
Unlocking the voltage is fine. The so called card blowing up that most people saw on youtube was asus. This is because asus allowed you to raise the voltage more than 1.05v while other manufactures didnt. Linus tech tips did this and he was just fine.
also here is a thread for the gtx590
http://www.overclock.net/t/1063263/gtx-590-flashing-overclocking-thread
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This.
I answered for you already in your other thread. http://www.overclock.net/t/1309130/overclocking-a-watercooled-gtx-590#post_18221258
I wouldn't advise unlocking the voltage on these cards.

Yeah. Personally I would't go more than 0.5v over the voltage of the GPU with the highest VID.

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It'll be a full cover block not just cooling the GPUs, i think that's a given but wanted to make sure biggrin.gif

It doesnt matter. The actual circuitry is not capable of handling relatively high overvoltage but you can still push them a little bit. What I saw around as being max safe was 1.05v. With a watercooling solution you might get a 150Mhz overclock which would be decent.
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