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OK, so here's a screenshot of my 460 Hawk at default settings in MSI Afterburner. What do I do next?

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Slide the bars and hit apply
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Originally Posted by Mikecdm View Post
Slide the bars and hit apply
But my voltage bar is locked. IDK how far I can slide the bars without enough voltage...
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Originally Posted by Hoops View Post
But my voltage bar is locked. IDK how far I can slide the bars without enough voltage...
If your card is reference you'll be able to adjust voltages. If your card is reference and MSI is still not allowing you to, enable unofficial overclocking.

How to.
post #5 of 15
Type "800" in Core Clock, Shaders will be raised accordingly, don't touch the voltage yet and leave fan speed on AUTO. Click apply.

Then run a set of benchmark to see if you are stable.

Rinse and repeat, by upping 10/20 Mhz at a time. This is the very safe way.

If you want to go a bit more advanced, unlock voltage control and try raising a bit the vcore to sustain your overclock. Click apply.

Then run a set of benchmark to see if you are stable.
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If your card is reference you'll be able to adjust voltages. If your card is reference and MSI is still not allowing you to, enable unofficial overclocking.

How to.
My card is the Hawk, not reference I believe. So I won't be able to change the voltage, even with unofficial overclocking?

And how long do I have to run MSI Kombustor for?
Edited by Hoops - 4/19/11 at 12:09pm
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My card is the Hawk, not reference I believe. So I won't be able to change the voltage, even with unofficial overclocking?

And how long do I have to run MSI Kombustor for?
Correct, you will not be able to adjust voltages with a GPU unless your card is reference.
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Correct, you will not be able to adjust voltages with a GPU unless your card is reference.
I am not entirely sure of that, or perhaps I got you wrong, anyways my card(s) is not reference (Gainward GTX 580 Good Edition, Factory Overclocked at 783 Mhz) but I AM able to change the voltages through MSI Afterburner.

Anyways, since I am here and being new to GPU OC I have something to ask, I got that bit regarding Core/Shaders to be raised slowly and tested each time, but if I want to reach a higher clock, say 850, and I want to strenghten it with the voltage, how much should I up the vCore? Which are the steps? 0.005v? 0.010v? 0.020v?
Edited by Mafia2020 - 4/19/11 at 12:29pm
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I am not entirely sure of that, or perhaps I got you wrong, anyways my card(s) is not reference (Gainward GTX 580 Good Edition, Factory Overclocked at 783 Mhz) but I AM able to change the voltages through MSI Afterburner.
Yes, there are exceptions. Your specific card the voltage can be increased. Just like my card isn't reference design either, but I cannot change the voltages in MSI AB. It has to be done in Asus' own program, Smart Doctor.
post #10 of 15
I assume this goes for the EVGA GTX 570 HD as well since it's not reference. I read somewhere that I could adjust it with ELEET will have to try that.
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