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Will I go to hell for underclocking my Asus GTX 970 Strix?

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Recently, I bought a 34 inch curved ultrawide Dell monitor @ 3440x1440 resolution. I replaced my dual 1080p monitors with the single ultrawide monitor, primarily for gaming purposes.

My PC specs are:

Intel Haswell i7-4790k with stock fan
16 gigs G.Skill DDR3 RAM F3-10600CL9D-16GBNT
Asus GTX 970 Strix
1 TB Storage (no SSD)
Windows 7

The only reason I bought the monitor is for Stephanie to play Final Fantasy XIV Heavensward in 3440x1440 ultrawide, and to stream it in 720p. She was a laptop gamer that tolerated 20 fps for the longest time. She would have liked to stream on her laptop, but her laptop (Intel i5-5200U with integrated graphics 5500 HD) couldn't handle it. So I let her stream on my computer. She is not picky about fps.

I did about 2 hours of benchmarking and tests with the new monitor, and I found out that Tera 3440x1440 on 5th quality (2nd highest) will cause the GPU at out-of-the-box settings to overheat in only a few minutes, causing vertical scanning artifacts and temporary blackout.

Final Fantasy 14 (the only game I care about) doesn't overheat the GPU at all. While running at 3440x1440 and streaming at 720p, it runs at about 35 fps in town on maximum settings, and 70 on minimum settings. Since nobody will play the game without streaming, the fps when not streaming is irreverent.

I was afraid that the GPU would overheat in 24-man raids, so I UNDERCLOCKED the GPU to 1040 mhz, which is 99% of reference card, then I turned up the fan to start at 40% @ 40C, and reach 80% at 65C.

I put heavensward to max setting, then turned off FXAA (anti-aliasing), turned off radial blur (motion blur), and lowered the anisotropic filtering down from 16x to 8x, and lowered the tessellation and transparent rendering quality.

The final results look like this: https://www.twitch.tv/pomffxiv/v/91429190. Of course, you cannot see the full resolution, because this is a subwindow of the 3440x1440 screen cropped down to 2560x1440, then downscaled to 720p and streaming at 2500 kbps.

Stephanie is happy with the results. She doesn't care about fps as long as the streamer gets 30 fps.

I will save up for the 80's version of the next generation GTX (1180?) if it ever comes out.

But the big question is, will I go to hell for underclocking my GPU? Please let me know!

Thanks for any feedback.
Edited by trulystupidnewb - 9/26/16 at 9:54am
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How hot does it get?

A video card should never overheat or artifact on default settings. I would RMA it.
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I didn't check how hot did it get. I was wondering what was the problem, when it dawned on me it was the graphics card overheating. I pulled up the temp, and it was at 55C, but I had already closed Tera for like 20 seconds.

I am not sure if I should redo the test, because I don't know the implications of purposefully overheating the GPU until it shows artifacts. Is it even safe?

My PC is very clean. I just cleaned it recently too using my air can compressor. The PC case is very large and has lots of fans. It doesn't accumulate dust easily.

I ran every game on MAX settings @ 60 fps on my GTX 970 at 1080p with 0 problems. The card was always very fast, very cool, very silent. I think 3440x1440 resolution is a whole new level. Not sure if the card is tested at stock setting with this resolution, but it's the first time I've ever seen artifacts, and I've never held off on quality settings.
Edited by trulystupidnewb - 9/26/16 at 9:59am
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It really seems as if you GPU is no good. Check your warranty would be my suggestion.
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