Originally Posted by saulin
Vantage is a good benchmark to test stability and to check for artifacts, also get the Crysis demo. Running the Crysis benchmark at 16xQ for 20-30 mins will tell you how high your temps could get and if your card is really stable.
Actual gaming temps will be 5-7C lower than what the Crysis benchmark will get them at. Don't bother with MSI kombustor or Furmark.
Well, I finally have time to try overclocking my 480. I'm downloading the Crysis benchmark now. Thanks saulin and theblah for posting links to it.
So I need a way to quantify performance, to determine where the core clock benefit levels off and something else starts to be a bottleneck. From the tools at my disposal, that looks like Crysis framerate and Vantage score. Is there anything else that might be useful, especially in using more memory bandwidth?
I plan to try for the highest beneficial core clock, while keeping memory at stock 950. With stock cooling, I don't expect to be able to increase memory rate much. I'll also try reducing voltage if possible, once I figure out the ideal clock rates.