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I have 3 or so different PC's that I'm constantly working on. I picked up a BFG GeForce 6600GT OC GPU for my lower-end system and decided that I would try overclocking it slightly. I didn't search for a program for long but I came up with ATITool 0.25 Beta 15. I've heard from some people that this program isn't that great, but after using it for a couple hours...I think it is easy to use and I guess you could say I actually do like it. The factory frequency for the core is supposed to be 525MHz, and the effective frequency of the RAM is 1050MHz (which it is actually 525MHz as well isn't it?). I ran max core in ATITool until it was somewhat above factory specs with no errors @ 530MHz. I know thats not much of a gain, but this is my first time overclocking GPU's. After running max core I ran max mem and let it go all the way up to 600MHz, which I thought was a decent gain. During this time there wasn't a single error or artifact. If anyone has experience with overclocking this GPU...how far can it be pushed without overheating or causing a lot of artifacts? I have no intention on buying an aftermarket fan and heatsinks for this GPU either...so, I think my main problem experimenting with overclocking this GPU will be the heat.
   
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GPU's can take alot more heat than a CPU. Also like any other OC'ing pratice you will need to just up the speed then test it. The ATITool that you have has a scan for artifacts test which will put the GPU through its courses. So let ATITool run for awhile scanning for artifacts and see what you come up with. If all is well raise it more then test again...repeat process..
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Alright...thank you. I will probably mess around with it some more to see if I can get it running stable at higher overclocks.

Also, I heard from a friend that ATITool can be used to find out what your FPS is in a game that doesn't tell you.....like COD4. If this is true, how is it done?
   
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Use EVGA Precision to up the fanspeed, core and mem clocks and ati tool to scan for artifacts...

just up about 10mhz at a time and test til it becomes unstable then back off...

And FRAPS will show your FPS in games
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ATI Tool also offers an automatic overclock where it finds your highest core and memory frequency without getting artifacts... Does nobody use this?

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ATI Tool also offers an automatic overclock where it finds your highest core and memory frequency without getting artifacts... Does nobody use this?

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Yes, I used it.
   
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ATI Tool also offers an automatic overclock where it finds your highest core and memory frequency without getting artifacts... Does nobody use this?

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Ive tried it with zero success.... it just pushed the vcore up til it locked up...

some cards will freeze/lock up before you will ever see artifacts...

thats why real world gameplay is the best stress testing.... some games, crysis, cod4. r6v2 will run at my sig settings while others, NFS pro street, unreal turn 3 and a few others wont run past 650/1650/975.....

So ATI Tool isnt law on stable or not.... just lets you know the max the card will handle before you will see artifacts...
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