Overclocking The Graphics Card
Overclocking The Graphics Card
As most of you know, with most video cards you can apply a simple series of tricks to boost the overall performance a little. Typically you can tweak on core clock frequencies and voltages.
What Do We Need?
One of the best tools for overclocking Nvidia and AMD videocards is our own AfterBurner which will work with 99% 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 can really 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 1000 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 25 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 30 MHz from the moment you notice an artifact. Look carefully and observe well.
All in all... tweaking GPUs is at your own risk!
|Reference clock frequency||This sample||Overclocked|
|Core Clock: 1126 MHz||Core Clock: 1241 MHz||Core Clock 1376 MHz|
|Boost Clock: 1178 MHz||Boost Clock: 1304 MHz||Boost Clock: 1565 ~ 1584 MHz|
|Memory Clock: 7000 MHz||Memory Clock: 7000 MHz||Memory Clock: 7908 MHz|
With AfterBurner we applied:
- GPU clock +135 MHz
- Power limiter 140%
- Mem clock +450 MHz
- Voltage +100 Mv
- FAN RPM 60% (remains silent)
The boost clock at default actually already hovers around 1400+ MHz thanks to the low temps. However, after overclocking you will now render at close to 1.50 towards 1.60 GHz. The GPU will continuously be dynamically altered on voltage and clock frequency to match the power and temperature targets versus the increased core clock.
The GDDR5 memory used can run at give or take 8 GHz (effective data-rate). Note - this sample has performance Samsung RAM ICs, however history has learned that we have seen Gigabyte swap out slightly lower performing Hynix ICs in later revisions/batches. The Gigabyte G1 Gaming however is a nice overclocker even with 4 GB memory.
For all overclocked games above we have used the very same image quality settings as shown before. Overall the generic rule of thumb here for a decent tweak and overclock is that performance can gain anywhere from 5% to 20% performance. The end result depends on a lot of variables though, including power limiters, temperature limiters, fill-rate and so on, the performance increment can differ per card, brand, heck... even cooling solution and your chassis airflow effects the final stable frequencies.
Cooling wise at 60% fan RPM the product remains fairly in-audible with great temps overall.