Sparkle Calibre P880LV GeForce 8800 320MB

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Overclocking & Tweaking

As most of you with most videocards know, 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 simple, 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 tool for overclocking NVIDIA and ATI videocards is our own Rivatuner that you can download here. If you own an ATI or NVIDIA graphics card then the manufacturer actually has very nice built in options for you that can be found in the display driver properties.

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 then a few minutes. I always tend to recommend to novice users and beginners not to increase the frequency any higher then 5% of the core and memory clock. Example: If your card runs at 500 MHz (which is pretty common these days) then I suggest you don't increase the frequency any higher than 25 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 tested cards anyway but we'll show it still ;)

All in all... do it at your own risk.


Reference clock

Default on this model

Maximum overclock

GPU clock (3D)

500 MHz

575 MHz

620 MHz

Memory Clock

1600 MHz

1782 MHz

2066 MHz

FYI: we used Rivatuner to overclock. Here we see pretty decent overclocks, this little tweak will bring you yet another overall performance gain, small though. FYI we did increase the RPM of the fan to 90% as I found the temperatures to be rather high.

  • In red our maximum achieved manual overclock
  • In green the default clocked card
  • In blue a reference clocked 8800 GTS 320MB (500/1600)

Sidenote: Our overclocking results are never a guarantee for your home grown results. Manufacturers' choices in components differ often per batch and so will the end-result. This however is a good indication of what is (or isn't) possible.

Sparkle Calibre p880lv GeForce 8800 GTS 320 MB

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