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Well, not really.
Anyways, to business.
I have a Nvidia GeForce 7800 GS.
I have the driver that came on the cd that I got with the card.
I have also installed Coolbits 2.0 from Guru3D which, as far as I can tell, gives the driver the ability to automatically overclock my graphics card depending on what is needed. To me, that sounds kinda cool cause it sounds like what it will do is tone the card down when I'm not using it, and bring it up to speed when I DO need it for those particularly taxing games. The program also has a temperature monitor that allows me to watch the temperature.

My situation:
I have not yet changed anything on the card as far as overclocking, but the card is running at a comfortable 50-52 degrees Celsius and possesses a slowdown threshold of 115 degrees Celsius.

I don't know what half of that means.

My first question is about the program. Has anyone had any experience with Coolbits 2.0 that can give me any insights into its dependability?

My second question is about the driver. Am I okay with the driver I have, or is there a better one out there that someone can specifically recommend?

My third question is about the temperature. What should I consider dangerous as far as the temperature goes and also, what is a slowdown threshold?

That's about all I got right now, but as I look into this more, I'm sure I'll be able to come up with more questions . Thanks very much for any help or advice anyone can give me.

Edit: My mistake, Coolbits isn't a program, but rather part of the Nvidia drivers that usually remains locked unless unlocked...same difference and I still have the questions.
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Well, not really.
Anyways, to business.
I have a Nvidia GeForce 7800 GS.
I have the driver that came on the cd that I got with the card.
I have also installed Coolbits 2.0 from Guru3D which, as far as I can tell, gives the driver the ability to automatically overclock my graphics card depending on what is needed. To me, that sounds kinda cool cause it sounds like what it will do is tone the card down when I'm not using it, and bring it up to speed when I DO need it for those particularly taxing games. The program also has a temperature monitor that allows me to watch the temperature.

My situation:
I have not yet changed anything on the card as far as overclocking, but the card is running at a comfortable 50-52 degrees Celsius and possesses a slowdown threshold of 115 degrees Celsius.

I don't know what half of that means.

My first question is about the program. Has anyone had any experience with Coolbits 2.0 that can give me any insights into its dependability?

My second question is about the driver. Am I okay with the driver I have, or is there a better one out there that someone can specifically recommend?

My third question is about the temperature. What should I consider dangerous as far as the temperature goes and also, what is a slowdown threshold?

That's about all I got right now, but as I look into this more, I'm sure I'll be able to come up with more questions . Thanks very much for any help or advice anyone can give me.

Edit: My mistake, Coolbits isn't a program, but rather part of the Nvidia drivers that usually remains locked unless unlocked...same difference and I still have the questions.
1st of all welcome to OCN. If u'd please, fill out ur system specs; it'll help us help you.

1. i have little experience w/ coolbits. I use ATItool, even w/ my nvidia card. OC till u get artifacts in the artifact scanner to be brief. you might want to see if u can make coolbits set your fan to 100% all the time if u can stand the noise tho when u OC.

2. I NEVER use teh driver that comes w/ stuff if i can help it. tehy usually include a very early/buggy build of teh driver. always get teh most recent driver from teh manufactures site, Nvida.com in this case.

3. In my experience you might see minor artifacting around 70-80c but i'd say upto 85-90c is safe however not good. keep it as cool as possible.

also make sure your PSU(power supply) is up to the task. I've heard the 7800GSs can OC far and also can eat up sum juice.
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