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Overclocking a NVIDIA GeForce 7300LE?

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Hi, Im new to overclocking and I have a few questions. I have recently overclocked my NVIDIA GeForce 7300LE crap graphics card and have been using it to play a F.E.A.R. ISO on High Computer and Medium graphics settings. It was running great until I had gotten to a middle part in the game and it has started to glitch the graphics. Black lines, walls dissapearing and shadow distortion all across the level. I hadn't had any problem up until this point. I was playing for about 3 hours. I assume this is a sign of overheating so I checked the temp of the card and it was running at 70 degrees Celcius. Is this really hot for a graphics card??? I just started the game back up a while ago, after the card had time to cool and set the core and memory clocks back to default, yet the artifacts are still there. All of my other games run. Doom 3, Americas Army, Fable... No artifacts.. Do you think my graphics card could be overheating? It's on a stock fan. Or could it be the ISO image..... Is my card ruined????

Heres the PC specs..
Dell Dimension E520
Intel Core 2 Duo E4300
1GB Ram
160 GB HDD
NVIDIA GeForce 7300 LE with Turbo Cache 128MB
Vista

My cards clock settings are as follows....
Normal:Core Clock: 450Mhz, Memory Clock: 648Mhz
OC: Core Clock: 475Mhz, Memory Clock: 673Mhz

And it's idle temp:58 Celcius
post #2 of 8
I doubt that an OC that small would kill your card... as for the artifacts, maybe a bad patch?
post #3 of 8
Usually Nvidia card shut off is around 120c, so I wouldn't think that's too hot. Did you try to artifact test after you OC'd the card (ATITool is a nice program for that)? Also, you try to adjust the fan speeds in accordance to your temp's using Rivatuner. Here is a nice guide to get it set up (assuming your video card supports fan speed changes) - http://home.comcast.net/~msl2/RivaTuner.htm
post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 
I will definitely try the ATI program, I had actually pushed it farther than that I just can't remember the values. I benchmarked with 3dmark starting out around 1588 and when I OC I went to around 1858. And I have used RivaTuner, it unfortunately doesn't support changing fan speeds. How I do you think I could push it on the stock fan and still have a somewhat stable temp???
post #5 of 8
I'm not too familiar with that card, but I would say trial and error. Keep a temp monitoring program running and try to OC slowly and keep checking the temps and for artifacts until you and the card are happy
post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 
ATITool works great, thanks for the suggestion!! I now have the core at 550 and the memory at 900 and I can notice the improvements. Never had the temp go above 78C after about an hour of playing FEAR. The F.E.A.R. problem was not related, I skipped the level and everything was mint. Thanks for the help!!!
post #7 of 8
FEAR and Oblivion are both notorious for instability with OC's so I wouldn't worry much...
post #8 of 8
i thought the 7300LE is onboard?
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