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So what cards are regarded as the best overclockers in NVIDIA's history. By that I mean cards that on average could go way past their stock speeds. The OG Titan was regarded as a rather powerful overclocker as anyone could expect great results over stock with it. Some like the 970 aren't particularly highly regarded.

Candidates?
Edited by Juub - 9/30/16 at 4:38am
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GTX 465 : Clocked at only 607 MHz but can reach 850 MHz. That's a 40% OC. Some cards unlock to a full 470 plus 256 MB of VRAM using Asus Tool or BIOS flash, if the card is unlocked to a 470 + OC it can gain 50-60% performance over stock easily.

GTX 470 : Clocked at 607 MHz at stock and can reach 800-850 MHz on air and 900 MHz+ with unlocked BIOS and water cooling.

GTX Titan : Boosts to around 980 MHz at stock but can reach 1300 MHz+ with unlocked BIOS and proper cooling/ voltage.

GTX 460 : Clocked at 675 MHz but most can reach 900 MHz+. That's a 33% OC.

Most of the great clocking cards were GTX 400 series from Nvidia, I think because of the power envelope Nvidia decided to clock the cards way lower than what they are capable of.
Newer cards mostly can OC around 15-20% on average which is decent but in no way legenadry.

Honorable mention -since you put the thread in Nvidia forums- is HD 7950 clocked at a meager 800 MHz but can reach 1150 MHz. Some can hit 1250 MHz with proper voltage. That's a 44% OC and 56% respectively. So I think the best overclocking card I have ever known is the 7950.
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Geforce 2 GTS/Pro - Same GPU as the GeForce 2 Ultra, just clocked much lower, often had the same headroom.

Geforce 4 ti 4200 - Same situation as the GeForce 2. Back when the only feature to distinguish mid range and high end parts was clock speed and or amount of VRAM, you could get a 150-200 dollar 4200 and easily best a stock 4600/4800 that cost twice as much.

Geforce 7900GS and the GeForce Go 7900GS - probably the highest percentage OCs I've gotten from any GPU for 24/7 use, ever. My desktop 7900GS went from 450 core 660MHz memory to 753MHz core and 900MHz memory with an after market air cooler and a simple pencil voltage mod. I also had a Gateway laptop with a Go 7900GS that, with no voltage or cooling modifications at all, was stable when OCed from 375MHz core / 500 MHz memory to 540MHz core and 700MHz memory. Both OCs were well in excess of 50%.

The overclocking ability of the GTX 480 is frequently underrated. The GPU was mostly thermally limited, and if you removed that limitation with water (and kept the VRM cool), you could get some pretty solid OCs out of it. I ran my reference GTX 480 at 918 core (stock was 700) until I eventually pushed it too hard and blew the VRM.
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