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Hey there! So, Ive been in this business for a really short period of time :-) I am still learning basic things (everything is so interesting to me!) . The CPU overclocking process is well-known for me now.. But seriously, I have no idea about overclocking a GPU.

I'd love to learn more about it.. and I really need to! To start with, is it done through BIOS? As far as I know - no. If not, what kind of software will I need? I know about the MSI Afterburner, but not much. Is it related to OC issues (msi ab)? What are the acceptable voltages&temps here? For example, OCing a GTX 460 768GB from 675MHz core frequency to ~900Mhz ? Is this clock considered as a big one and will the temps go really higher (if it is with a Gainward stock cooler)?

Excuse me if there is an existing thread about it (I bet there is), but I love asking the questions my way! So pretty much that it is.. Let me know about the most important things when it is time to overclock my GPU!

    
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Overclocking a gpu is relatively easy. MSI Afterburner is what most people use these days to overclock their video cards. Overclocking can be done via a bios flash, but I do not recommend doing so for a beginner. MSI Afterburner is much easier, runs within windows, and the risks involved is much less. Just as with overclocking a cpu, heat and stability are a couple of issues you will run into. The main thing is to take your time, bump the clocks up in small increments, 10-20mhz at a time, run some benchmarks and games to test for stability, crashes, lockups, bluescreens, etc., and keep an eye on your temps.

You can check this thread here, http://www.overclock.net/nvidia/5926...cking-faq.html , for a more in depth explanation of what to expect. Also read threads that pertain to your card and what others have achieved to get an idea of what you can expect to get out of your card.
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Overclocking a gpu is relatively easy. MSI Afterburner is what most people use these days to overclock their video cards. Overclocking can be done via a bios flash, but I do not recommend doing so for a beginner. MSI Afterburner is much easier, runs within windows, and the risks involved is much less. Just as with overclocking a cpu, heat and stability are a couple of issues you will run into. The main thing is to take your time, bump the clocks up in small increments, 10-20mhz at a time, run some benchmarks and games to test for stability, crashes, lockups, bluescreens, etc., and keep an eye on your temps.

You can check this thread here, http://www.overclock.net/nvidia/5926...cking-faq.html , for a more in depth explanation of what to expect. Also read threads that pertain to your card and what others have achieved to get an idea of what you can expect to get out of your card.
Thank you! Very useful thread and thanks for the information!
I will use MSI Afterburner and yeah I am already looking for people overclocking the same GPU :-)
    
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Another option would be E-VGA Precision.
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