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hey, i have an MSI geforce-fx 5500 256meg video card

it came stock as 270/290 and i've overclocked it to 300/450

i've seen 5200's and 5600's go to like 500/700 and are stable

i used coolbits to detect optimal settings and it said around 301/455

how high can i go with this card ?
 

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theres a fan built onto the heatsink

and i dont wanna do it myself yet i wanna know how high it can go
 

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Go until you see artifacts you cant hurt your card b/c when you see artifacts just turn it down. Theres pretty much no way to hurt your card so see how high you can get. Every card is different
 

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i'd imagine it'd be true in most cases but for some WILD reason i overclocked my 8500 pro, and for some reason i got to the threashhold where artifacts began to appear and the thing locked up. so i restarted it and it was artifacting even of the windows xp startup screen. this was when it was running at stock speeds w/ stock cooling. when windows started up it was a MESS, couldn't make anything out. then it locked completely and never started up again. i could have had a freak, or maybe ati tool messed w/ it a little too much... either way i'm back to an mx-440
I would be careful, esp with those programs that overclock it for you, I don't trust them anymore. Just do it yourself upping it by only 10mhz at a time and run 3dmark or something like it for awhile and check for irragularities. When you find one (or more) back it down a little and run a grapihically intensive program for awhile and make sure it's not doing it still. Like the guy above me said, aftermarket cooling is of great help. good luck and happy overclocking
 

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well ive tried putting my card to 320/485 and did the test with coolbits and it failed

i have it at 310/460 and it passed, havent gamed with it yet though

im kinda dissapointed though as i know people who have their 5200's at 300/500 with no problems...

mine came stock 270/290 and ive pushed it to 310/460 though so i really shouldnt complain :S
 

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well i tested the video card by 3mhz increments and the MAX it can run at and pass the coolbits test is

333/463

i think i might turn down my ram a bit if i have it at 460 and the max is 463 :S
 

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alright i have it at 310/451 now
 

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lol shut up its a good card i play games perfectly

infact, im not even a gamer, i play Counterstrike source and that's it.. i get 70-120 FPS which is good for me
 

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I have a ATI 9000 128MN pro. and mine is set to 330/280 (stable). you should set yours to something like 380/400
 

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380/400 ?!

it wouldnt pass the test at 340/470 man

it passes at 333/463 as stated above, coolbits wont let u set settings that dont pass
 
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