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Ok, so I just bought a BFG 6800GT OC.
Its factory over-clocked, GPU 350mhz to 370mhz.

Now, is over-clocking worth it?
I thought about overclocking the card, but figured, if you can't raise the speed to say 200mhz each for GPU and Memory.. There really isn't going to be significant difference, don't you think? I mean you raise GPU from 370 to 380, and Memory from 1000 to 1050... what are the chances you'll actually feel the difference in speed, and go "WOW! THATS A HUGE DIFFERENCE. Call Of Duty 2 is running MUCH faster after overlocking!".

Please educate me.
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On that card, you can pretty much run most games on high settings so you might not feel much of a boost. The memory speed doesn't have a great deal of impact on FPS anyway, but raising the core speed by only 10Mhz won't see very much extra performance.
The real point to overclocking is to buy the slowest speed cards in the range cheaply and then overclock them to the speeds of the higher end cards and hence save yourself some money.

The overclocking will only really take you a few minutes, plus some time to stability check so IMO you might as well get the most out of the card that you've bought.
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It's the same scenario with processors, some high end processors run on the same core but have the same clock..the only difference is the multiplyer within them. So if it's the same core you know it can handle certain speeds so why not save money by doing it. My GT is te same core as a GTX only with 4 less pipelines and clocked lower. I OC the card and I can have a deecnt performing GTX in my system (benchmarks and gameplay prove that)

Most people won't keep their processors for more than 2-3 years in the gaming scene, as they want the best tech. But in my example I have a GPU that performs equally to a GTX and saved a good $150, my processor runs like a FX-57 and I nearly saved $500, Oc'ing is all about saving money to get the best performance
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no, overclocking isnt worth it, thats why none of us do it .

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Originally Posted by GatorLCA
. My GT is te same core as a GTX only with 4 less pipelines and clocked lower. I OC the card and I can have a deecnt performing GTX in my system (benchmarks and gameplay prove that)

But in my example I have a GPU that performs equally to a GTX and saved a good $150
minus the 1.1ns ram.
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no, overclocking isnt worth it, thats why none of us do it .
HA!! Classic!
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With that card ocing would gain you very little I suggest leaving it stock and not voiding your warranty.
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post #7 of 7
^^^Beh. I think not.

I scored a 6900 on 3DMark 03 with my stock 6600GT, and after OCing it I got a 7620. I also gained about 7-10FPS in games (like 25-32, so it actually does make a big difference).
On not-so-great systems, OCing can make a huge difference. True, it doesn't really matter if you've got an Athlon FX-60 and dual 7800GTXs, but for those of us running low and mid-end hardware, it could be the difference between a slideshow and smooth gaming.
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