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From what I've heard, vid card overclocking won't increase the gaming performance as much as the chance of your card to die a lot faster due to higher temps
It's true that the primary 'utility' if you will of overclocking a gpu lies in improving benchmarks, giving you bragging rights. I.E. when you get right down to it, it's mostly about your e-peen size ...

However ... there have been times in my long and not-so-illustrious gaming career wherein an overclock has made the difference between, say, 25fps, and 32fps in a game I wanted to play, at the settings I wanted to play it at. In these cases, I considered the cards overclocking ability to be pretty key, because it made the difference between being BUMMED and being HAPPY playing the game.

It doesn't happen that way all that much in reality, but when it does, overclocking becomes pretty functional ... and all-around cool
    
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That can be applied to CPUs too. I mean how much faster can FF open?

This was one of the debates on the OCAU podcast. [btw OCing lost].
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You overclock because you can. Who cares if it's only a one second difference? You're still one second faster than the rest .
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When overclocking from 675/1728/972 to 783/1890/2000 I only gained about a 3fps average in the Crysis gpu benchmark. When playing AOC I don't even notice a difference in fps. I just overclock my card to make my e-penis feel bigger when I'm playing a game, for some reason it just makes using the card more satisfying to me.
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Be careful you don't over-over-clock! Keep an eye on your temps. If you push it too far the gpu will throttle back, to stop high temps, there's no real warning.

If you know this already don't read on...



When your overclocking your core for example, just use a benchmark like 3dmark for each setting you try. Make a graph of score vs. clock speed.

You will see the scores come to a plateau of drop suddenly at the point where the throttling back occurs. Do the same for the memory.

The point where this occurs (or when artifacts appear, or instability gets you) is your max OC.

You may be expecting a lot of performance at the higher clock, but if you see it having zero effect or getting worse then this can sometimes be the culprit.
Edited by waynex - 6/4/08 at 2:24am
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