As most of you know, with most video cards 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? One of the best tools for overclocking NVIDIA and ATI videocards is our own AfterBurner which will work with 90% of the graphics cards out there. We can really recommend it, download here.
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 (which is pretty common these days) 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.
Core Clock: 915 MHz
Core Core Clock: 1006 MHz
Core Clock: +35 MHz
Boost Clock: 980 MHz
Boost Clock: 1158 MHz
Boost Clock: ~1202 MHz
Memory Clock: 6008 MHz
Memory Clock: 6008 MHz
Mem Clock: 7000 MHZ
Now with the Dynamic boost function of the 600 series cards overclocking is definitely more complicated to work with. It remains simple enough though if you know what and how to do it.
In the overclocking tool of your preference go into the preferences and widen up the TDP limitations a bit, set the power limiter towards maximum. That way the Dynamic boost function won't down clock all the time to meet it's upper threshold in TDP limitations.
We now add another 35MHz towards the graphics core (that was the maximum stable on the of the factory-overclock). The dynamic clock will still kick as well with the power limiter now loosened up, as such we noticed roughly 1202 MHz.
So you'll notice that we pass ~1200 MHz on the graphics core is stable and for the memory we ended at 7000 MHz (effective data rate). At this stage the cooler RPM was set at 55% as such the noise level now has risen towards roughly 41~42 DBa which is a completely normal noise level.
We now have some extra performance at our hands, have a peek at the results when overclocked.
Above, Crysis 2, same maxed out image quality settings as before yet now with added overclock results:
High Resolution Texture Pack
Ultra Quality settings
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, in 1920x1200 at 4xAA and 16X anisotropic filtering
KFA2 GeForce GTX 960 EXOC review KFA2 aka GALAX releases their mid-range GeForce GTX 960 EXOC edition, yep as in Extreme Overclocked. The product comes factory overclocked with a boost clock of 1266 MHz. The product has a custom and ...
KFA2 GeForce GTX 760 EX OC review In this article we review the KFA2 GeForce GTX 760 EX OC edition, this particular model comes with a dual-slot two cooling solution. That boils down to a silent product versus and more than excellent cooling performance. KFA2 offers the card factory slightly overclocked at some pretty impressive clock frequencies. Join us in this review and let's see if the 259 USD Gaming edition model will be worth it for you.
KFA2 GeForce GTX 770 EX OC review In this review we take the KFA2 GeForce GTX 770 EX OC edition for a benchmarkin' test-drive. This model graphics card comes with a factory overclock and a new design cooler with dual 90mm fans. Overall the card is sitting in-between the GeForce GTX 680 and GeForce GTX 780 , 100% cool and 100% silent. We test the product with the hottest games like Metro: Last light, Battlefield 3, Sleeping Dogs, Far Cry 3, Medal of Honor Warfighter, Hitman Absolution and many more.
KFA2 GeForce GTX 660 EX OC review We reviwe the GeForce GTX 660 EX OC from KFA2. the product comes factory tweaked for you and has been equipped with a dual-slot dual-fan cooling solution. It doesn't make any noise and it plays games .. hard.