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Hello,

So I recently got a GTX 780.
-Begin rant
I didn't know EVGA would make different versions of the same card; such silliness as making a version with a much better fan for the same price. I can't imagine why they would do this, except to bank on people not knowing, and mistakenly purchasing the model with the cheaper fan for a higher profit margin. Seriously, if anybody has an explanation for this, let me know.
Anyways, as some sort of justification for my lame-fan-version purchase, I went out and bought a super nice aftermarket cooler. See, the justification is that the aftermarket cooler is even better than the better EVGA version, so theoretically, I might have gotten this one even with the better card.
-End Rant

As it turns out, I don't actually much need such a good cooler as I'm sure you all know the voltage is locked on the 780. It pretty much tops at 50 degrees at highest use with highest voltage. (sigh)
I was able to get the OC up to +205 GPU (1215), and +400 mem clock (I'm sure that can go higher, but there isn't that much of a benefit, so whatever.) and it would be stable in unigine Heaven, 3dmark, and even MSI kombuster.
However, after a short time playing Crysis 3, everything slowed down and this lame dubstep/inception noise happened (BROWAAAAAAA), crashing the game and citing that the graphics card drive had failed (as it would in general with a too-high OC)
I thought, well, Crysis is pretty taxing, so maybe I should lower it for that. So I did.
After I beat that game, I moved onto the much less demanding Resident Evil 6 and cranked it back up.
Same thing. (Except RE6 has the decency to just keep letting you play after the graphics card resets the levels to default.)
I was wondering if somebody knew of a good real-world kind of test so I can squeeze out the most from this card.
I played through Crysis with +175 (1188) and +250 mem, which isn't bad, but I would like to squeeze out as much as I can and still feel confident that it won't crash. Any ideas?
post #2 of 9
the best stress test "tool" are the games themselves.
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Heaven 3.0 is pretty darn close and I'm not so sure about 4.0

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Quote:
Originally Posted by dealio View Post

the best stress test "tool" are the games themselves.

Yes, but it's lame to keep tweaking a bit, randomly playing various games until it decides to have a heart attack at some undetermined point. When testing with Heaven 4 (3 is better?) there was this part where the observatory would go by, and if the clock was too high, it would crash. Consistently. Also, cycling between the scenes quickly in heaven would make it crash as well.
I was hoping someone knew of something better than these that could give me a better idea of what the card's actual limit is :/
post #5 of 9
in my experience, the highest stable clocks for benchmarks >> highest "gaming stable" clocks.

also, different games have different limits
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So you're saying the highest stable benchmark clock speed should be less taxing than any game would use? That's what I was thinking also, but alas..

Edit: Ahhh Just got Heaven to crap out after letting it go through 3 full passes.
Edited by Gobbleston - 6/26/13 at 2:41pm
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no, i mean you can reach a higher clock speed in benchmark than in a demanding game.

game stable clocks are usually lower than bench stable

finding the highest stable speed for gaming requires gaming smile.gif
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:/

Do you know if K-boost is harmful? It runs the card at full clock speed always instead of dynamically raising and lowering it. I'm wondering if I should manually turn it on/off between games, or just not worry about it.
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I was using KBOOST for a while, but I randomly decided to turn it off and found that I actually am able to oc higher. Also I would get huge spikes in power percent up to around 350 percent, but now I don't get above 115-123 percent (Metro 2033 maxed).
   
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