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I am not responsible if your card fails, blows up or anything like that. Do this AT YOUR OWN RISK. This basically voids most warranties if they find out. This is at your own risk. OCing can kill your life expectancy on your hardware. Boosting fan control to high also can make your fan die out early so do this at your own risk!

Hey, this is my first FAQ. I have had this question myself and now it's quite simple to figure out. If this has been posted before my bad.


As many know to overclock in vista you need some sort of program and everytime you load windows you need to manually click the program (either on the show blocked programs and then clicking allow / cancel)

This is simple to do and I will go through the steps of OCing the GPU and then saving it.

P.S. This applies to ATI cards as well..

Lets GO!
  1. Download ATI-Tool .27
  2. Download latest nVidia driver
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by 32 bit
    http://www.nvidia.com/object/winvista_x86_158.42.html
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by 64 bit
    http://www.nvidia.com/object/winvista_x64_158.42.html
  3. Download Riva Tuner:
  4. Ok install everything and get ready to have fun but before you do anything....
  5. For vista usersGo to Start -> Control Panel -> Vista Control Panel View (NOT CLASSIC) -> User Accounts and Family Saftey -> User Account -> TURN USER ACCOUNT CONTROL ON / OFF TURN IT OFF! Uncheck it, hit ok. X out. Restart if asked

Ok now you have the latest Riva tuner, stable driver, and ati tool.

Retart and get everything else.

Open Riva Tuner and select low level system settings

Follow this careful:






Simply after you make your profile and click the save thing go to Riva Tuner main and go to Launcher and head to the + and add a regular item, name it as you wish (full / medium /etc...) and then Check the fan setting box and select the profile. Do this for all your different settings.





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Start ATI-Tool and see temps. They should be low Click Find Max Core. Be ready to restart the computer. Let the thing find your max core which should be around 660.. Once it start artifacting STOP! Set it back 10 MHz and save that number.

Next load default core / mem and do find MAX Mem. Once you get an artifact stop and set it back 15 Mhz. That's your max mem.

You may want to lower it to have your card last a little longer.

Never exceed 85C. I prefer to keep my limit at 77-78C I was told by Foxconn techs 115 is max temp for the 8800gts 320 so GTX is about teh same. I prefer to keep lower than that, if you have lifetime warranty would go as far as below 90 or even 95..

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Set the 2D to 500 or less...
Set 3D Low to about 550 - or so. Whichever you want.
Set your 3D high power to your MAX core / mem or less if you want . Mem is the same on all 3...

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Last save this as a new profile and go to settings startup and tell atitool to start via start menu (all users) and load your OC profile on startup and 5 Seconds to stabilize.

Restart and bam, your OC, Rivatuner and everything WILL LOAD No problems, no cancel / allow.

[If a MOD wants to clean this up a bit be my guest ]
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[If a MOD wants to clean this up a bit be my guest ]
That's your job as the author of something you want other people to read and give you kudos for having written.
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That's your job as the author of something you want other people to read and give you kudos for having written.
I think it's neat but if they don't like something I don't mind lol.
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Bumpy.. Anyone find this useful
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Didn't know about the fan thing in Riva
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The fan thing is critical...even in XP LOL!!!
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I'll elaborate on the guide some more now..

Fan control is really simple to set based on temp

Updated fan control info.
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I am having trouble with rivatuner. I am at the core threshold setup screen. When i try to set it to launch item on upward threshold crossing the box below is greyed out and says there are no launch items. I do have my fan profiles saved.
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Same for me ^^
    
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Ok I think i figured everything out.

First off open RivaTuner. Then click the tab at the top (Launcher). Then click the + button at the bottome for add a new item. Select regular item then hit ok. Name it what you want and then click the check box for Associated fan profile. Then click the drop down box under associated fan profile and select the profile you want that you created earlier. Now you can go back and click items and the ones you just created should be in the drop down box.


I found that my fan was not kicking in 100% at its threshold. Make sure you have RivaTuner running in your system tray. Also When you open RivaTuner and you click Customize and select Hardware Monitoring. You should be in the screen where it shows the graphs for your cards vitals, ie: Core Temp and memory clock and alot of others. There is a small red button in the bottom left corner that Enables Background Monitoring --- This must be selected.

To test it out change your threshold to something low like 3-5 degree's above your cards normal temp, and scan for artifacts with ati tool. This should be enough to raise your cards temp to the threshold you set and you should hear your fan kick in.
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