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Just got HIS X1950 Pro ICEQ3 Turbo

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I really love this card! Its completely inaudible (because my CPU stock cooler is LOUD) but it performs really nicely too. Tons of games that I was stuck playing at all low with my X800 can now be cranked way up until my CPU limits it. My card idles at around 47-50 as reported by ATITool, which I think is a fairly good starting point for overclocking, but after leaving ATITool to autofind Max Core, only to have the display seize up and ATI Control Panel perform a "VPU Recover", I've been scared off of Overclocking it for today, and will continue tommorow!

Are there any tips, tricks or FAQs I should read before giving it another shot?
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I heard that some of the ATI card dont fair well with overclocking mostly on the memory some core works. Some nothing some all some either all depends. They are really good cards so overclocked or not it's a steal almost got one but cash and got the 7600 for cheap 6 months ago. What can it do in 3DMARK05/06 and in Pi 1 M beat mine more then likely. Trying to break 39 sec on the 1M have gotten 40.625 at best then unstable at clock speeds.

EDIT: I would not use find max on anything either use the 2-5 mhz rule till unstable/artifacts then back down 2-4 mhz.
    
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I have the same card and from what I've read the 1950 Pro's don't OC well.Plus that card comes OCed already.It's at 620/1480 and most 1950Pro's start at 575/1380 or so.
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i got it and its an excellent card! All my attempts at overclocking it have failed
    
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TUrn off VPU recover, it's all good. As long as you pay attention to those temps you should be ok.
Do you have the model with a double PCI slot, or are they seperate? I have both, and my first revision OCs WAY more.
I can run 3dmark06 at 661.5/823.5. You should use driver level overclocking to OC this card. Set the fan to %100, and make sure that you are using the latest stable version (no beta) of ATI Tray Tools.
You're right though, these cards do own! I'm only running one right now, as I had some Crossfire performance issues with my P35 based motherboard. I actually get better performance with one card! I have some great eye candy running 1920*1080.
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