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post #21 of 35
I underclocked my video card to 450/350 and the game actually runs twice as fast.
I dont mean opens up, loads files twice as fast, I mean the PICTURES are ACTUALLY GOING 2X, to the point that the sound is now 3 seconds behind!!!!

*** IS GOING ON? has ATI or Nvidia found a driver to fix this? and does underclocking my card impede my PC's performance? because I would hate to have to sell this card and buy a new one....
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post #22 of 35
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Hey, I've finally got a response from Sapphire regarding this issue:

On some models you can increase PCI-E voltage, try to incrase by 0.05V at a time if that is available. Have verified the chipset using an equivalent Foxconn model. I think your motherboard has a molex connector (like a HDD one), coneect this to the pSU to see if it will stabilise. Contact eutech@sapphiretech.com for further assistance.

I don't get the last suggestion with the molex connector as the MB is already connected to the PSU in some way.
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post #23 of 35
Try keeping everything with that card at defualt settings as such no oc or voltage mods lets say. Other than that it sounds like some faulty GPU'S
post #24 of 35
hwat the heck is a molex connector and what does it look like?

And with what program do i increase the voltage?
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post #25 of 35
What's up guys. I think you're right about it being a voltage issue. I experienced the same issues with many videcards during overclocking sessions and it was due to the voltage being too low. For my card I can only clock the mem to 533mhz with stock voltage, but once I went a little over 533, I can run the game but it freezes after a few seconds of gameplay, quicker in more demanding games and longer in lesser demanding games. Once I up the voltage by just 0.003v I get stable performance of mem up to 625mhz so that is a testameent to how much benefit you can gain by adding a little extra voltage to your card.

To find what voltage is required for your card, do a "find max core clock" in ATITOOL and once your computer freezes, let it reboot, if it doesn't, reboot it yourself. Then restart ATITOOL and get the message telling you what the core clock was. Set the core clock to 10mhz below the max value and then run a "find max mem" test with the clocked GPU. Do the same steps and after the reboot set your GPU at the pre-determiend max clock -10mhz and set the new max mem clock -15mhz. Presto. you have your max core and max mem at that voltage. Repeat after upping voltages by SMALL increments, like .003v or .006v at a time.

The good thing is that your card CAN play games and so it has the potential to be clocked at nice speeds and be stable too. It just seems as if these x1600's have a fault in the bios that prevents proper recognition of external voltage controllers on the PCIE sub-system. I would recommend remaining within a 16% vcore increase and a 4.5% vmem increase.
 
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post #26 of 35
aww man this is ruining my idea of buying one of these
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post #27 of 35
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aww man this is ruining my idea of buying one of these
Why? Mine runs perfect and it's also Sapphire.
post #28 of 35
I dunno, I saw these kinds of problems all over the newegg reviews.
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post #29 of 35
bad_haze, Where do i actually INCREASE the voltage for the GPU, i cant find it anywhere in ATI Tool...


Update, march 05 2006:

Got rid of the sapphire card, getting an E-VGA 7800GTX 512mb
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post #30 of 35
Ok Nevaziah I have good news for you.

The thing you describe as seeing your pics load 2x faster then the sound and etc are all attributed to the AMD X2 dual core CPUs. I have an X2 4400+ and had a very similar problem in EQ2 where my character would actually run 5x the normal speed. You need to go to www.amd.com and download their AMD Athlon drivers, that'll fix the problem. Also get the latest Nforce4 drivers from nvidia. Post back if this helps!
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