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I never overclocked my x800xl because it would just crap out on my after very little overclocking, so I just never did it. Now I have a 8800gts 320mb and am atempting to overclock it with rivatuner.
First off does ati tool not work with nvida cards anymore or something cause it did with my old geforce 4 mx and ti4600. Anyways I got rivatuner and have no clue as to what the max temp for my card is, have no idea if I should link my shader and core overclocks (do they get out of sync if you oc one too much farther than the other?), have no idea as to what I should oc first, and have no idea what a safe overclock it or what I should run to test it.
In my gf4 days you had to overclock 5-10mhz then run 3dmark too see if it was stable and repeat, well if you did that now it would take days, so how much should I overclock before I test since now memory can overclock 150-200 or more mhz.
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ATITool doesn't work in vista. They don't have the signed drivers as RT does.

When I had my 8800GTS 320MB, my OC hit 650/1025 pretty easily (I kept shaders linked though). Best way to find out if just OC one by one to find each max OC (Core, Shader, Mem) and then combine then to see the best performance without crashing.

As for temps, people used to run these cards into the 80s without any harm (threshold is 120c I believe) but I tried to keep my card below 65c. For that, just set up custom fan profiles based on temperature.

Heres a pretty good Rivatuner guide for you:
http://www.vaguesoft.com/index.php?pageid=rt207
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Ok I got the memory up to 1ghz and had ati tool scan for artifacts for 1hr and it was fine and topped out at 81c.
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If you need help with Overclocking with Rivatuner here is good guide to help you out:
http://www.vaguesoft.com/index.php?pageid=rt207
 
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Do you have to link the core and shaders, because mine if linked cant do 650 core.
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don't link the shader with the core just OC the core, shader, and memory to their max one at a time. and just to throw out some reference numbers for you those cards max around 620-650 core, 1400-1500 shader, 900-1000 memory.
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