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Overclocking the Radeon HD 7870
Overclocking The Radeon HD 7850
As most of you know, with most videocards you can apply a simple series of tricks to boost the overall performance a little. You can do this at two levels, namely tweaking by enabling registry or BIOS hacks, or very simply to tamper with Image Quality. And then there is overclocking, which will give you the best possible results by far.
What do we need?
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Where should we go?
Overclocking: By increasing the frequency of the videocard's memory and GPU, we can make the videocard increase its calculation clock cycles per second. It sounds hard, but it really can be done in less than a few minutes. I always tend to recommend to novice users and beginners, to not increase the frequency any higher than 5% on the core and memory clock. Example: If your card runs at 600 MHz then I suggest that you don't increase the frequency any higher than 30 to 50 MHz.
More advanced users push the frequency often way higher. Usually when your 3D graphics start to show artifacts such as white dots ("snow"), you should back down 10-15 MHz and leave it at that. Usually when you are overclocking too hard, it'll start to show artifacts, empty polygons or it will even freeze. Carefully find that limit and then back down at least 20 MHz from the moment you notice an artifact. Look carefully and observe well. I really wouldn't know why you need to overclock today's tested card anyway, but we'll still show it.
All in all... do it at your own risk.
The Radeon HD 7870
|Core Clock: 860 MHz||Core Clock: 860 MHz||Core Clock: 1050 MHz|
|Shader Clock: 860 MHz||Shader Clock: 860 MHz||Shader Clock: 1050 MHz|
|Memory Clock: 4800 MHz||Memory Clock: 4800 MHz||Memory Clock: 5340 MHz|
For the tweaking the CCC panel and free the card up from TDP restrictions first, so all the way up moves the Power Control settings slider towards 20%.
Overclocking wise the card will allow itself to be clocked to roughly 1100 MHz on the core however the Club3D card is BIOS restricted at a maximum of 1050 MHz on the core clock, so 'could' use the unofficial overclocking trick to unlock the card to be able to pass 1050 MHz. Memory wise we set the card to 1335 MHz = 5340 MHz effective QDR datarate which was stable.
Below, are some numbers based on the overclock:
Above, Crysis 2, same maxed out image quality settings as before yet now with added overclock results:
- DirectX 11
- High Resolution Texture Pack
- Ultra Quality settings
- 4x AA
- Level - Times Square (2 minute custom time demo)
Above, 3DMark 11 - the Performance test and score. As you can see, there is an additional bump in this very GPU limited software, lovely.
Above, Alien versus Predator, at 1920x1200 with 4x AA and 16X Anisotropic Filtering.
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