Originally Posted by Laithan
We're happy to help but you'll need to do a bit of "homework" first.
Just become familiar with the terms, the tools, the difference between DD and DP BIOS', download Maxwell BIOS Tweaker v1.36, NVFLASH from Joe Dirt's thread, any specific questions we're happy to help.
You're getting a pretty good overclock already so I wouldn't expect much more but it will provide other improvements.
Take a look at the original post in this thread, I keep a lot of useful information and links there. Also there are many tutorials in the interweb for flashing a GPU but IGNORE any of them that use Gigabyte's crappy flashing tool
.. Look for NVFLASH tutorials only
Yup.. CPU is an old XEON X5470 and it is overclocked to 4.6Ghz
It is pretty thirsty and can draw over 200W but the majority of the power being used are the GPUs with the modified BIOS removing power restrictions.
Yes, that's the way they've always been here. The voltage and power % sliders must be maxxed out for overclocking mode. Perfectly normal
This depends how you configure power management mode. If you choose to use "PREFER MAX PERFORMANCE" or "ADAPTIVE" modes (FYI a reboot is required to make changes really work right). Prefer maximum performance is going to keep your GPU no lower
than the default clock speed, which is 1291Mhz. I am currently idling @ 1291Mhz, 1.168v @ 48C temps
because I always keep prefer max performance enabled. If you enable adaptive power management mode, then you can drop well below 1291Mhz (and therefor the voltage will also drop considerably). As you can see, even maintaining 1291Mhz is no problem for these GPUs.. I'm below 1.2v and below 50C.
Fanless mode will work if you use adaptive power management mode.
Thanks Microtech for helping
Zoonami, there are many ways to MOD a BIOS. It is possible to configure the BIOS to not require the use of an overclocking tool to raise the voltage and power % sliders. That's just not how we do it here, we like to give people the choice as to how they want to run their GPU. In my opinion, everyone needs an O/C app anyway to adjust overclocks, monitor, use a custom fan curve etc. so while there, just max the voltage and power % sliders
Nope, not here
. Honestly, if I felt that I could live without an O/C I would have put more effort into that kind of BIOS. The reality is that no matter what BIOS I post, it isn't going to be specific to your GPU. The max stable clock speed is different for every GPU regardless of ASIC% (not directly related to max clocks) so unless I posted a copy of the BIOS @ 1455Mhz boost, then another at 1465Mhz boost, and another at 1475Mhz boost, etc. everyone that downloads this BIOS is still going to need to experiment and find the max game stable overclock. This means an O/C app is needed
When using a custom BIOS, unless you MODIFY THE BIOS FAN VALUES, or are on H2O, you NEED a custom fan curve. The STOCK curve isn't aggressive enough. Custom fan curves are found inside O/C apps
Even if everyone modified their OWN BIOS, what happens when it turns summer and the temps are higher and humidity raises.. you start to crash.. now you need to re-flash the BIOS to lower clock speeds? That's a pain in the butt.
I use MSI AB 4.11 and I have zero issues with it using cpu cycles, crashing or anything else. Very small footprint.
It isn't really different from stock it is the values/tweaks within the BIOS that make the difference. For example, with a STOCK BIOS you still have a voltage and power % slider. You still DON'T get the full power of the GPU unless BOTH are maxxed out. There is no difference here except the values/tweaks within the BIOS.
Due to the fact that the voltage range has been increased +0mV - +100mV there is a wider range. Regardless of the range, there is still just a "DEFAULT/MAX" value for voltage in the BIOS. The maximum value is going to be where the most voltage is allowed and that is not going to be available until you max the voltage slider and allow the maximum value defined in the BIOS to then be used. There are more ticks/positions on the slider than with a STOCK BIOS allowing you to dial in, if there was a specific reason you needed to do this (24x7 folding perhaps).
Same goes for the power %. The default power defined in the BIOS will be used when the power % slider is at 100%. The MAXIMUM power defined in the BIOS will be used when the slider is at 150%.
It's pretty simple actually right?