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Sapphire 9500 Pro

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I've got this card, and I can't for the life of me overclock it. I've used a few programs a while back and whatever change I make to the memory or core clock makes my card crash, even if I lower the settings?

Is this card just not fit to overclock?
post #2 of 6
Use Ati tool, one of the best overclocking tools. Use the "find max mem" and "find max core" features while having the "3d view" open to check for artifacts. If you experience artifacts early than you are most likely running into a temp. issue (they are too high). If you want you may try an aftermarket cooler to squeeze some performance from your card. Here is an excellent one.
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I think the 9500 had the clock lock problem too. In the settings of ati tool there is an option to disable it so you can OC it. I don't remember exactly where the option was but I can tell you when I get home.
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Thanks. I'm not gonna spend anymore on cooling, this is my quick fix until I redo my whole pooter.

I'll get around to it when diplomas are over... too much studying to be done.
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Try cdub998's idea. Go into Ati-tool, click settings and the bottom, go to the miscellaneous tab, make sure "Remove radeon 9500 clock lock" is CHECKED.
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post #6 of 6
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Ahh yes, I used this one before, but was unaware of the clock lock.

Yep, just tried that and clicked find max core... it crashed after the first heat-up phase.

Alright, turns out my anti-virus started scanning during the test... so I turned that off and turned my core and memory clock up a few notches. I played FEAR, and it's running a bit better.
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