Originally Posted by Alanthor
Well.. In my world (Might just be me, hehe), but RAM is the memory sticks, like Corsair or something. I also do blame that I am very tired, haha.
But let me know if I got you. RAM is also the same as Memory Clock in graphic card manners? So, black on white, increasing Memory clock is the best if im looking for higher FPS? And yes, Im sure I will be doing this. You have been a rookie too you know.. snip
The GPU actually has DDR5 RAM chips soldered to the pcb, this is what your memory clock is (actually, it's your frame buffer, but it DOES operate at a fixed frequency).
No, increasing memory clock is not the best if you're looking for performance. Core clock is king. Core clock is what gives you fps. Memory clock gives fps too, but not as much. If you can run a higher core clock but have to lower your memory clock to do so, you always
want to take the higher core clock.
As far as overclocking goes, the method you're using is fine, but it's a bit too tedious for my taste.
It is okay to raise your overclock by 25mhz at a time.
The best way to do this is to go download Unigine Valley 1.0 benchmark. Open it, set it to the ExtremeHD preset, click run. Hit F9 to start the bench. Run your card at stock and note your fps. Write it down. Personally, I use Sapphire Trixx for overclocking. Try raising your cards core clock to 1100mhz with about 1.225v (I don't know what card you have because you never said, but any 270X or 280X should be able to do this). Run Valley again and note your increased fps. Write it down. Now, put your card back to stock settings but overclock the RAM by 100mhz (all cards should be able to handle this). Run the benchmark and write down your fps with just a memory increase. The core increase should net you MUCH more fps than the RAM increase. Anyway, down to business. Raise your core clock by 25mhz (Say, 1125mhz with 1.225v). Make sure you set your fans to 100% while you overclock so the card runs cool since you're adding voltage. Run Valley and look for artifacts (they should look like flashing blue dots). If you artifact, raise your core voltage and run the bench again until you don't get artifacts. Repeat this, raising the core clock in 25mhz increments, until you get to the point where adding voltage won't get rid of the artifacts. Once you get to that point, you know that your chip is unstable at that clock. Likely, it will never be stable at that clock. With a 270X or 280X it will probably be somewhere over 1200mhz, but bad cards can't even do 1200mhz without artifacts. Back down to your last stable setting and voltage, this should be your max core overclock. Next, do the same thing for your RAM, raise it in 25mhz increments until you artifact in Valley. You might even get a black screen, requiring a system reboot. The difference is you can't add voltage to stabilize the RAM. The plus side of doing it this way is that you end up with a nice sounding number (I'd prefer 1175mhz to something weird like 1163mhz). After you find your max stable core and memory overclock, go play games with it to make sure it's stable. Valley will usually run fine even at an unstable overclock but some games will crash within a few seconds of gameplay if your overclock is too high and your chip can't handle it. My golden 270X can pass Valley at 1300mhz but it will crash right away in any DirectX11 game.
As far as your game goes, I have no idea. Google the error message. If it's an old game or an unpopular game it might not play well with newer cards and AMD drivers.
The blue screen probably means you're unstable, especially if it was a bsod in an ati DLL. I can't tell if it was or not from that crash dump.
Also, when you get the time, fill out a rigbuilder and put it in your sig. Click rigbuilder in the top right, fill EVERYTHING in, then go to your profile -> edit signature -> show stuff off in my signature dropdown box -> select the rig -> save.Edited by neurotix - 4/2/14 at 3:11am