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GTX 580 overclocking safe voltage?

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I'm on vacation right now so trying to get all my questions out of the way until I get home to my PC so I can get started with them, one thing being overclocking my GFX card. What do you think is a reasonable max voltage for me on my Gainward GTX 580? And are the VRMs on the GTX 580 ticking time bombs like those on the 570?

Just feeling a bit worried (especially about overvolting) this card with all the 570s (and some 590s) that have blown up. I have 2 huge ass fans on the card (stock tho) so I hope cooling won't be a problem because I don't aim for some sick overclock. Will it be a lot noisier/hotter? I know GPU overclocking is easier than the CPU clocking but just feeling a bit worried about frying an expensive GPU like this (especially as I'm 17).

And what kind of overclocks do you find reasonable to be aiming for? I know its hit/miss like with CPU's but just a general idea!
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1.203v with adequate cooling (water) or about 1.15~1.10v on air, to keep temperatures under control.

VRMs don't blow up (95~99% of the time) until users start OCing. If you are worried, then don't overclock, however that being said, if its anything like a reference GTX 580 card, the VRM/Power Management is somewhat beastly, and can even aid people in Liquid Nitrogen overclocking.

I hit 965 on mine under water at 1.15v. That was on both cards. One card however went up to just shy of 1000 MHz, and more voltage didn't really help.

I think most people can hit 925 MHz on the Core, then try and push the Memory around 10% (so effective 2200).

There are really few GTX 580 deaths, but if you overclock sensibly and monitor temps, then you probably won't kill it.
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Ok, thanks a lot for the help, can't wait to get home now and start pushing it a little!
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