Originally Posted by Zuhl3156
+87 is not too much voltage as long as your temperatures are reasonable and not high enough to cause throttling. 1500 MHz is a respectable OC for a GTX-980 with a stock factory VBIOS. I would be careful modding your BIOS unless you are watercooling. That's just my personal opinion as I found the factory cooling solution on my MSI GTX-980 Gaming 4G were barely sufficient keeping my boards cool at 1500 MHz with +250 on the Memory Clock.
My 980 has a Kraken G10 + H90. Temps are around 30C at idle at and 50ish under load - loads of room for more voltage.
Only problem i've found is in finding a good BIOS. I've found one here
, but i'm not completely convinced just yet. There's not half as much online about BIOS modding the 980 compared to what there was about BIOS modding the 780 i had.
Anyhow, the temps are great, and i'd be happy to see 1600MHz. I got to 1550 in heaven and it crashed after a few seconds (not instantly), so that's a good sign that with a few more mV i might be able to hit a nice 1600/500 (8GHz mem) OC. I might consider grabbing some small heatsinks for the VRMs/VRAM - but the card does have a midplate so things might be alright?
I'd love to hear from anyone who BIOS hacked their SC 980.
Edit: How much does upping the V from 1.2 to 1.3 actually affect longevity? Seeing as people OC their CPUs and add more than 0.1V, I can't imagine it's all that much considering temps are okay.Edited by Braed - 7/16/16 at 9:13am