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Hey guys, so, I just got my system running and installed all the drivers that came with my gear. I have an ASUS Radeon EAH6850 and it came out of the box with SmartDoctor. With my Phenom II X4 945 Deneb at stock speeds I decided to bench test my GPU with ASUS’s new program. I used Unigine’s Heaven and received a 750 with 29 FPS. I then turned my SmartDoctor up to have my GPU up from 790MHz to have 945MHz and my memory frequency up from 1000MHz to 1130MHz and I bumped the Vcore up to 1.2 from 1.15 volts. I then ran Heaven again and got a 900 something with 40 something FPS. Sry I am at work and didn’t write it down. Oh, and my temperature didn’t go above 45*C.

I was happy with this but after reading many reviews on-line I saw that MSI Afterburner was the preferred GPU overclocking software. So I un-installed SmartDoctor and installed Afterburner. I then adjusted my setting to exactly the same and ran Heaven.. My screen started flashing and then I crashed, I could still hear and then my screen just went totally dead. I then un-installed Afterburner and re-instaled SmartDoctor.. When using SmartDoctor everything is smooth and I don’t crash… I ran it ten-20 times after that just to make sure it didn’t crash or flash funny again and it’s fine…

Why would Afterburner crash and burn while SmartDoctor kept me up and running?
Edited by Ash_ - 1/18/11 at 8:35am
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Run 3D Mark 06, 3D Mark Vantage or 3D Mark 11, if you get the same problem, means that SmartDoctor isn't good and your overclock isn't stable. I'd trust more in Afterburner, those flashing means that the overclock isn't stable.
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Yeah i know what the flashing means... but why at the same clocks why would afterburner take a dump and smartdoctor not... that is the basic question :/
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May because SmartDoctor don't test the GPU as Afterburner does?

I can pass the AMD Overdrive stability test many times at 4.3GHz @1.48V, but if I use LinX with the same configuration, I get BSoD at 1 minute after start.
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post #5 of 8
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Maybe I am not articulating the problem

#1 Stock settings
790MHz
1000MHz
1.15 volts

#2 Test settings
945MHz
1130MHz
1.20 volts

SmartDoctor: Set to #2 can run Heaven 20x no errors and can play games
Afterburner: Set to #2 cannot run Heaven 1 time and cannot play games


I am not using AMD Overdrive stability test I am using Heaven.
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Test the GPU with 3DMark line, if you get it stable I think that is an Afterburner problem.
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Afterburner is a terrible program tbh. How it got to the forefront of video card overclocking is beyond me.
    
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Lol,Afterburner works just fine when set-up properly.You have to unlock voltage control in the config file.Have you done this? If not you're running stock voltage.
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