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Just an FYI, if you are overclocking with a Boost edition card with Afterburn or Overdrive you are only overclocking the Boost speed which will not be a real overclock. The card has a base clock speed like 880 and then a boosted clock at say 960. When certain conditions are met the card will boost, when those conditions are not met the card will throttle back to the base clock. When overclocking the Boost speed you are increasing the chances of those conditions not being met so you will be running at the base clock of 880 more often or always. The 7950 Boost speeds have been shown to rarely run even at the stock settings. I.E. the card performs as if it is running at 880 all the time. In order to actually overclock the card you will need to use software the locks the clock, negating the boost. Trixx would probably do this but I have not actually tested it.

To test this out just run GPUZ when stability testing and look at the clock speed under 'sensors', it should read correctly.
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Hmm that's interesting. I use afterburner and when I look at the clock speeds after a 3dmark test or after gaming the graph says that the clocks were 1200/1575 and then they dropped down to 300/150 when I went back to the desktop. So this would mean that my card does overclock correctly when needed, right?
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Hmm that's interesting. I use afterburner and when I look at the clock speeds after a 3dmark test or after gaming the graph says that the clocks were 1200/1575 and then they dropped down to 300/150 when I went back to the desktop. So this would mean that my card does overclock correctly when needed, right?

Ignore what 3Dmark says, use GPUZ. I don't know what type of monitoring 3DMark uses but I know GPUZ is live and continuous. It is not uncommon for software to just report what the card should be running at rather than what it is running at, for lack of a better way to put it. It may just be reporting your boost overclock rather than the current clock.

Edit: No need to run the bench to test this. Just fire up OCCT and look at the clocks in GPUZ, if your holding steady at 1200 you are good to go thumb.gif
Edited by Backwoods166 - 2/25/13 at 2:58pm
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No I mean I use Afterburner to overclock and monitor clock speeds. On the desktop my clocks are 300/150 and during gaming or benching my clocks are 1200/1575 according to Afterburner.
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Yea I just fired up GPU-Z and my clocks are reported as 1200/1575 and I'm on the desktop so that means everything is fine right?
Edited by RavageTheEarth - 2/25/13 at 6:03pm
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Just got a boost edition last week and can run any game at 1200/1575 at factory voltage. Do most tf3 cards run this good or did I just get lucky?

I have to up the power setting to +7% to keep the clock settings from jumping. Is that also a normal boost thing?
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I'm not sure because I can also do that. I have actually made my way up to 1240/1600 on stock voltage. I think a lot of twin frozr cards can do that because the stock "boost" voltage is 1.25v which is considered a little high. My temps never go past 59c though so I dont care. I actually seen a guy earlier today who had his to 1340/1810 or something like that. I'm not sure what his voltage was and I'm guessing he has it under water.

and yes to your other question
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I'd like to buy this card myself. How much better is this over other cards such as the Sapphire Flex counterpart?
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I'm not sure because I can also do that. I have actually made my way up to 1240/1600 on stock voltage. I think a lot of twin frozr cards can do that because the stock "boost" voltage is 1.25v which is considered a little high. My temps never go past 59c though so I dont care. I actually seen a guy earlier today who had his to 1340/1810 or something like that. I'm not sure what his voltage was and I'm guessing he has it under water.

and yes to your other question

Sorry to thread jack. But could you send me a copy of your TFIII boost bios? Mine has a stock voltage of 1.18 (if I remember right). But I think I may have a odd "boost" card as it is a 7970 pcb, and it sounds like most new MSI cards are back o. The 7950 pcb.
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Sure I'm sending it right now!
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