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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