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ATI Tool keeps giving me a below expectation overclock. I disregarded ATI Tool and tried a higher overclock. It showed massive artifacts in ATI Tool but I see none while playing CS:S for 20 mins or while running AM3. Am I okay? Is ATI Tool over cautious? Or am I going to far? The card in question is in my profile.
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20 mins might not be enough to start showing artifacts. Depending on the room temp and other factors it might take longer. When I use coolbits, my optimal frequencies always change before/after playing FEAR or AOE 3 for an hour. It also could just be giving conservative numbers.
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Ati tool is a bit conservative from one pow, but when it tests the frequencies it usualy finds artifacts that you don't see normaly. The card may work at higher freqs but the problem is that it is on the limit. After all, if the temps are OK I suppose a few artifacts can't hurt.
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As already stated, I would recommend testing your overclock for longer than 20 minutes. Perhaps it would be a good idea to run 3DMark05 several times.
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I too agree you need to run the artifact scan for a good couple of hours as the 9800pro tends to generate alot of heat and then become unstable....I found out the hard way.

see my post in your other thread on my method.

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