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I used 900core @ 1075mv on this 570 for a week straight as it passed the following tests:
-Playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare for a week, couple of hours a day
-OC Scanner 2 hours
-1 hour Resident Evil 5 looped (32xAA, 16x AF)
-Heaven 2.1 looped overnight (8 hours)

900 core in order to be OCCT stable requires 4 additional voltage bumps for my rig, from 1075mv to 1.125v.

I agree that OCCT is a good test to indicate as close to maximum stability as possible without using Crysis bench that is not available to me, however given that for the purposes that I use this card it almost seems not necessary to be OCCT stable.

I have an unlocked BIOS so I can bump past 1.1v and 85% fan.

Considering my card can't go past 911 core regardless of voltage and that temps are fantastic I wouldn't have a problem running higher voltage, I'm just contemplating whether it's necessary to be OCCT stable on these cards.

Also it's clear that the 570 downclocks in OCCT due to OCP that Nvidia implemented on 500 series, wouldn't this explain why OCCT requires higher voltage to keep up with constant downclocking and inconsistent frame rates?

Appreciate the input and Merry Christmas!
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Edited by Scorpion667 - 12/25/10 at 10:43am
    
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I like to be OCCT stable... However, this is a matter of personal preference.. One day you might play a game that will crash, even if all the other games you play are stable.
    
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OCCT instability can come from overheated vrms because the power draw from OCCT is much higher than actual gaming.

Fermi cards can soak up a great deal of power in OCCT and Furmark, levels that you won't see in gaming, and generally probably isn't the best way to test for stability of any overclock.

Are you sure the gtx 570 is downclocking in OCCT?

Can you provide a screenshot of your clocks in relation to OCCT?
    
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It's really up the the user if you wanna play with OCCT.
Sometimes I use software like that, but I use enough other benchmarking and diagnostic stuff anyways, not to mention demanding games for hours.

Im a 905 at just 1.05, was hitting close to 80C, so I won't take it any higher.
Tried a couple games and couldn't get it over 74-77C max. Some games that are easy to run like BC2 (completely maxed) hardly get it over 60C.

So, very happy... thats a +24% overclock for just the core, and nearly stock 580 gaming performance if not a hair better here or there.

http://www.techspot.com/review/346-g...70/page12.html




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Looks like for OCCT I'll be chilling at 905 core @1125mv with 2200 mem I could go higher but I don't wanna bump more volts cause... this is my first high end video card and I am scared LOL. Max temp in OCCT was 74c with this fan setup: 40% @ 40c -> 100% @ 95c

I tried to screenie OCCT so I can post but when running fullscreen the screenie turns out black in paint so I'll run it minimized once more and post.

Balla, the card doesn't downclock per se but FPS is all over the place just like OC scanner, it's like 48 55 102 77 62 etc etc which could be some sort of overclock protection of sorts. And the fact that OCCT which is a pretty hardcore program for creating heat, ONLY loads at 74c which is a joke. I was expecting 90c easily. Stock cooler. It's impossible that this card only does 74c in occt with 1125mv if OCCT was running at full blast so I can't really explain what's going on but that's what I believe. For example resident evil 5 with 32x aa 16x af loads at 84c. It could be that they tuned Afterburner to not display downclocking.
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Are you sure your psu is enough to push that overclock? (I mean in OCCT at least - games are another story)
    
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Personally I wouldn't use OCCT, but instead use actual gaming and even benchmarks are good.



I could go higher but I felt it was relative to tone it down a bit for "average".

That's like a 47% oc for just the core.
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Originally Posted by Scorpion667 View Post
I used 900core @ 1075mv on this 570 for a week straight as it passed the following tests:
-Playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare for a week, couple of hours a day
-OC Scanner 2 hours
-1 hour Resident Evil 5 looped (32xAA, 16x AF)
-Heaven 2.1 looped overnight (8 hours)

900 core in order to be OCCT stable requires 4 additional voltage bumps for my rig, from 1075mv to 1.125v.

I agree that OCCT is a good test to indicate as close to maximum stability as possible without using Crysis bench that is not available to me, however given that for the purposes that I use this card it almost seems not necessary to be OCCT stable.

I have an unlocked BIOS so I can bump past 1.1v and 85% fan.

Considering my card can't go past 911 core regardless of voltage and that temps are fantastic I wouldn't have a problem running higher voltage, I'm just contemplating whether it's necessary to be OCCT stable on these cards.

Also it's clear that the 570 downclocks in OCCT due to OCP that Nvidia implemented on 500 series, wouldn't this explain why OCCT requires higher voltage to keep up with constant downclocking and inconsistent frame rates?

Appreciate the input and Merry Christmas!
Tony-
make sure you benchmark at all those voltages between 1075mv to 1.125v .... you will most likely find what is stable by the benches and frame rate... its like a fine tunning I found some cores or voltages that ever though the voltage was higher or the core higher the frame rate in benches where less... I would try different voltages in your rage and find which one yeilds the best Framerate and leave it there and game on. Forget OCCT...
 
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I say 50 loops of crysis maxed out will give you a good stability test. I test in that and have never crashed even folded the whole night.
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