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And I haven't overclocked my PC since my 8800GTX and Intel E6300.

Can someone give me a run down on the throttling issues, bios swaps, programs, and any other helpful info on the matter. I plan to put it under water eventually, just not yet. I'm looking to get back into the PC scene heavily and I hope I have a good starting point.

Thanks for the help.
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I did this write up for another member through PMs so I'll just copy it here in case you find it useful smile.gif Covers some basics about the Titan.
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So basically the situation with the Titan is that instead of a normal stock clock you have the base clock which is very low at 837MHz. You will never see that though. Instead the card will automatically increase its frequency to around 980MHz and keep it there while also keeping a steady GPU temperature of 80C.

Now when it comes to overclocking there are two things you have to monitor or the card will throttle down its frequency. Those two things are temperature and power limit. You can set the temperature limit with a slider in EVGA PrecisionX. Goes all the way to 95C. If you cross the temperature you have set the card starts lowering its frequency.
The other thing, power limit, says how much power your card is using. At stock the setting is at 100% which equals 250W. You can manually increase the limit to 106% or 265W. If the card hits the power limit you've set it throttles down again. After the card has throttled down the frequencies will again ramp up as the power/temp limits aren't hitting their max anymore.

Now when it comes to increasing clocks the +200 etc. stuff is just what it sounds like. +200 means 200MHz more than your normal max frequency. So say you had a Titan that ran at 980MHz, +200 would bring it all the way up to 1180MHz at its max normal frequency. The card will also stay at that frequency unless some limit is reached (last paragraph). Same goes for memory, quite easy.

As for voltage, you can increase the voltage in EVGA precisionX as well, the max it's going to go at the moment is 1212mV.

Now here comes the interesting part. With the stock BIOS most titans will start throttling down their frequency before you reach your max overclocks. Usually this happens around the 1100MHz mark while many cards might still have another 100MHz of headroom left. This is mostly because the power limit is so low with the stock bios. 265W isn't enough to feed an overclocked titan. To combat this most Titan overclockers end up flashing their cards to a custom BIOS.

For example I use the following BIOS:

GK110XOC.zip 131k .zip file

Which gives me a max voltage of 1212mV, temp target of 78C, max fan speed of 85%, stock clocks at stock and a maximum power limit of 200% or 500W. The power target is now more than enough to account for any amount of power needed by the card and thus it will not downclock anymore unless you hit the temperature limit.

And that's basically it. After that you just need to figure out your maximum clocks at the voltage you want to use and you're about done.

BIOS flashing is quite easy as well and safe since it's easy to fix a bricked card.

Guide for the flashing goes as follows:
BIOS flashing guide and fixes for broken flashes (Click to show)
QUICK BIOS FLASHING GUIDE:

I will not take any responsibility for damages caused by flashing the BIOS. Use the guide and the BIOS files at your own risk, this will void your warranty.

What you need: GPU-Z, Nvflash

The following guide is for single GPUs. If you wish to flash multiple cards please do so one at a time or see the Nvflash readme for further instructions on how to use the commands to properly flash multiple card systems. Don't type in the bracket but type in the info in the brackets. The commands are case sensitive and you need to include the spaces, please be accurate.

  1. Backup your old BIOS (GPU-Z, BIOS version field, button on the right allows you to save the current bios). Keep the old bios in the event that something happens during the flash.
  2. Download the new BIOS you'll be flashing to, it should be a .rom file, otherwise the flash will not work.
  3. Browse to your Nvflash folder
  4. Transfer the new BIOS file into the Nvflash folder
  5. Close all unnecessary programs
  6. Shift + right-click the Nvflash folder
  7. choose the open in command line option
  8. Type in the command: Nvflash --protectoff (case sensitive, please be accurate)
  9. Type in the command: Nvflash -4 -5 -6 [yourbiosnamehere].rom
  10. If the flash is a cross vendor one you might have to type in y a couple of times when asked to
  11. Nvflash will work for a while and close the 2nd command prompt after finishing
  12. Reboot
  13. Your card should now be flashed, test with Precision X or afterburner to see if the BIOS is stable for you
  14. Some flashes might need driver reinstalls afterwards, don't be alarmed, just install the drivers as usual

If the flash goes wrong


  1. Shut down your system
  2. Take out the GPU
  3. Install a 2nd PCI-E GPU in the first slot (preferably Nvidia)
  4. Install the Titan to the 2nd PCI-E slot
  5. You should now have 2 cards in your system
  6. Plug in all the power connectors and other needed connectors
  7. Plug in your primary monitor cable to the card in the 1st slot (not Titan)
  8. Start up the computer
  9. Boot into windows
  10. Browse to the Nvflash folder
  11. Remove the earlier BIOS file and transfer your original BIOS (.rom file!) there
  12. Close all unnecessary programs
  13. Shift + right-click the Nvflash folder
  14. Choose the open in command line option
  15. Type in the command: Nvflash --protectoff
  16. At this point Nvflash will open up a new command prompt and display what cards you have in your system
  17. Select the card you wish to fix (usually done by typing in 0, 1, 2 etc.)
  18. The command prompt will close
  19. Type in the command: Nvflash -4 -5 -6 -i[yourcardsnumberhere] [yourbiosnamehere].rom
  20. If the flash is cross vendor you might have to type in y a couple of times when asked to
  21. Nvflash will now take a while to update the BIOS on the broken card
  22. After it's done shut down your computer
  23. remove the cards from the computer
  24. Put the fixed Titan in
  25. Boot to windows and see if everything is back to normal

Hope some of it helps you a bit.
 
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That's amazing Alatar, thanks much, wish I could +Rep you.
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No problem, happy to help smile.gif
 
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Originally Posted by Silviastud View Post

And I haven't overclocked my PC since my 8800GTX and Intel E6300.

Can someone give me a run down on the throttling issues, bios swaps, programs, and any other helpful info on the matter. I plan to put it under water eventually, just not yet. I'm looking to get back into the PC scene heavily and I hope I have a good starting point.

Thanks for the help.

you probably wont want to submerge it in water man will be a waste of $1000 dollars. you could look into a water block and and have water run through that for cooling but yeah dont put it under water.
    
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Originally Posted by FatherBoard PSU View Post

you probably wont want to submerge it in water man will be a waste of $1000 dollars. you could look into a water block and and have water run through that for cooling but yeah dont put it under water.
I don't know if you are serious about your post or just trolling.
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Originally Posted by FatherBoard PSU View Post

you probably wont want to submerge it in water man will be a waste of $1000 dollars. you could look into a water block and and have water run through that for cooling but yeah dont put it under water.
By putting it under water he probably meant putting a waterblock on it. wink.gif
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I don't know if you are serious about your post or just trolling.

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Originally Posted by cam51037 View Post

By putting it under water he probably meant putting a waterblock on it. wink.gif

yeah i was just messin around lol thought it sounded funny saying he was going to put it under water. just wanted to be retarded about it lol. my bad my bad
    
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Just bought a TITAN.... Im sorry
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Just bought a TITAN.... Im sorry

I wouldn't feel too bad for him. He did just buy the fastest video card on the planet.

He should be saying I'm sorry to you for that 660.
Edited by strong island 1 - 5/21/13 at 11:28am
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