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For quite a while now, I've had my 5770 overclocked to 940/1350. I saw crashes at 955/1390 so I thought it was a safe spot to keep it at. I've played many games, including crysis and metro 2033 which put my video card to 99% and haven't run into any problems with these settings. I started to play the game red faction guerrilla, and after a few minutes of playing, the game always crashes with a message that the display driver malfunctioned. Lowering it to 930/1340 gets rid of the crash, though it still stutters at parts, and at stock levels its fine. So I'm wondering, what makes certain games crash at higher settings and others dont, if both run at 99% video card usage? And should I lower my overclock settings just to be safe from possible crashes?
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Some games like APB just don't like OCing.
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Some games are more demanding on memory clocks and such than others. For example, when I was OC'ing my 5850 a few weeks ago I was stable in every game I played.... EXCEPT World of Warcraft.

That's why I really don't like OC'ing GPUs. They take a very hefty amount of patience to find your stability point.
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So if I haven't had crashes in a certain game after playing it for many hours already, does that mean those settings are fine for that particular game, or is there still a chance of it crashing suddenly some time in the future?
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Nope, if your display driver is crashing that's a sign of instability.
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Nope, if your display driver is crashing that's a sign of instability.
Well, it only crashes for this one game. What I'm asking is, I've played this other game for a long time and its never crashed, should it be fine or is there still a chance of it crashing due to the OC? Don't want it to crash in the future randomly since its a competitive game.
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If your display driver crashes, it's a sign of instability. The display driver should NOT be crashing. If it is, your overclock is unstable. If an overclock is unstable there might even be a loss of performance too rather than a gain.

A lot of bad things when an overclock is not stable.
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If your display driver crashes, it's a sign of instability. The display driver should NOT be crashing. If it is, your overclock is unstable. If an overclock is unstable there might even be a loss of performance too rather than a gain.

A lot of bad things when an overclock is not stable.
In this situation, if I hadn't played this specific game I wouldn't have gotten any display driver crash. So can't any overclock be unstable since you might eventually find a game that crashes due to it? How would you find out if your overclock is completely stable without trying every game available? Aside from this I don't think I've had any issues caused by it.
Edited by nachoz - 4/18/11 at 5:55pm
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Just run stock without AB on the game in question. Simple fix.
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Just run stock without AB on the game in question. Simple fix.
Right, but if a game has been running stable through a lot of usage with these settings, can it still crash suddenly due to the overclock in the future?
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