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post #1 of 12
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Is there an underclock limit ?
I've set my card to 300/300 and called it sleep mode .
It normally runs at 540/540.

I'm just scared that if I clock it at 100/100 weird stuff will start happening ..

While I'm waiting an extra 1-2 weeks for my Zalman cooler .. I plan to unplug my fan .. and I guess at 300/300 it shouldn't be so bad ..

Now that I have my Big Typhoon .. my quiet Tt power supply .. well the only thing making more than 19 dba in my rig is my vga fan ..

Anyways, even when I do get my zalman quiet cooler .. I still wish to know if theres a underclock limit .
It's quite a funny question to ask lol .. since the name of the forum is overclock .
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post #2 of 12
are you just underclocking because you dont want the fan turned on? You can underclock too far and it can even crash, try it and see what happens, I had the same effect as clocking too high. As for the vid card being quiet, you can use "ati-tool" to set the fan speeds in a profile and when not under load it should be fine, just set the fan to run very slowly so there is still some movement of air around the case. The "omega" drivers are also good as they come with "ati tray tools" which will also allow profiles for fan speed.
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lol this is a rarety around here...lol i thought the same thing about a week or two ago,and it did the opposite i though it was... it caused my card to run hotter in 2D mode(browsing in windows and such,not in games), which i dont understand how... i had it clocked down to 300 from 350 and it was running about 10c hotter, then i set it back to stock and the heat prblem was gone...

i too am getting a zalman, i just ordered a vf700CU LED today off newegg...
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post #4 of 12
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I guess yours ran hotter at a lower clock because the fan adjusted itself.

As for me .. I tested 200/200 and after a few minutes of having random white artifacts in my screen, my pc crashed .

As for slowing down the fan, I can't find where to do so in ATI Tools ...
I'm downloading omega drivers .. i'll see what I can do with that.

edit :
Ati Tray Tools tells my the my card doesn't have the fan hardware support ..
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post #5 of 12
ATI tool should have fan support for your card, as it does have a fan controller.
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post #6 of 12
you could always get a zalman v700 and hook it up to a fan controller, that way you wouldn't worry about underclocking. I fear that underclocking anything is just as traumatic as OCing it...like running a car in first gear at freeway speeds...bad idea.
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I dropped my 6800GT down as far as it would go from 400/1100 to like 90/120 and it caused instant artifacts that looked like flowing rivers of pixels going down my screen.
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post #8 of 12
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Lol, Love your avatar.

For some odd reason .. my card doesn't read temps or have any fan control in ati tools .. it does have the LM63 chip for temp readings ..

It's kinda weird.
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post #9 of 12
well, if its a quiet PC you want, a zalman vf700cu cools great and very silently on the 5V plug, and even better but louder (although i cant hear any, my 9500 goes over it ) on the 12v. Although zalman has some heatpipe-heatsink fanless stuff but its only reccomended up to a FX5700 Ultra.. maybe if you underclock you could get one of those

EDIT: And btw, Bigval, i love your avatar, cant stop laughing, rofl, been laughing for 15 mins ^^
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post #10 of 12
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I will be getting the Zalman vf700cu ..
Any ideas why my LM63 chip doesn't read anything ?
I don't even get the options in rivatuner, ati tools, ati tray tools .. to see the X800GT's temps .

Is it a product defect ? Should I return it ?
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