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Can I damage my card??

post #1 of 12
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I'm using EVGA Precision and a 9800GTX and I want to do some overclocking, for example:

My Core Clock is 675mhz, and I can increase it substantially how high is safe for me to increase it with stock cooling?

I am uber new at overclocking and I don't want to destroy my card. Any suggestions.

You've all helped me quite a bit today, and I appreciate all the help!
post #2 of 12
You could easily get 750mhz out of it. When I had my BFG 9800GTX, I was running it at 770 / 1925 / 2520 without a hitch.

What brand is your card, and did you adjust the fan speed setting at all?
As always, when you adjust your GPU clocks, make sure to test its stability in ATiTool.

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&ct=re...2i5HVhoIC8SZkQ
Edited by ImmortalKenny - 7/3/08 at 12:56pm
post #3 of 12
If you slowly increment your video card's core clock and thoroughly test it between clock increases, you will get artifacting and errors before you damage your card. If you overvolt your card this is a different story.
post #4 of 12
All you need is rivaturner for OC, and atitool for test your overclock...

Nobody know how far to OC a video card, and there is no a safe range...

What can you do?
-Raise 5 by 5 in Riva and test in Atitool (scan for artifacts) for 10-15 minutes...
-Repeat this until you feel good with your overclock, or if you get artifacts try decreasing 10 or 15...

When you are done, go a play a game to test your OC

Remember don't go over 90C in your card...
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Hell don't go over 75C, thats just me though.
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post #6 of 12
At 770 / 1925 / 2520, my card never hit 65C. That was at 65% fan speed.
post #7 of 12
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What is the temp limit for my caRD??

thanks in advance
post #8 of 12
Around 80C-90C, but you'll probably never hit that, unless your card is clogged with dust and you're running it at the stock fan speed.
post #9 of 12
I generally don't like to go over 80 when overclocking my card. Just to be safe. These things are too expensive to risk it. If you're really serious, you can always buy an aftermarket cooler.
post #10 of 12
There is always a chance you can damage your card and more. Last year I had done some overclocking and my psu burned up causing my graphic slot to burn up. That in turn burned up the graphics card. Luckily I was able to get my money back since the card was only a week old. Nothing is guaranteed and there is always a disclaimer when you start messing with things that the original manufacturer never intended you to do. All the overclocking software that you download and get will always have this disclaimer. And yes I was running a surge protector.
    
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