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Beginners Guides: 99 Performance Tips for Windows

Beginners Guides: 99 Performance Tips for Windows - PCSTATS
Abstract: Newest Update! PCSTATS covers all the TechTips you need to push a Windows XP PC from sluggish to quick. This Guide deals with quicker boot times, making your current hardware work faster, and 99 other Tips from PCSTATS that will help you make your computer run better, quicker, and more efficiently!
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Video and Graphics Tweaks: Tips 53 - 54

53. Overclocking ATI video cards

Unlike their Nvidia counterparts, ATI does not build an (albeit hidden) overclocking feature into their drivers, so third party software is necessary. For the purposes of this guide we will use the Radlinker utility though there are several other free programs you could also use.

To overclock an ATI video card with Radlinker:

Install the program.

Go to 'start\control panel\display' and select the 'settings' tab then hit 'advanced.

Select the 'Radlinker' tab.

Check the 'enable clock rate change' box. The sliders below are now enabled, allowing you to overclock the memory and processor speed. Click the set button to set the desired rate, then benchmark the card. Watch for visual problems in the benchmarks as you run them, and back off the speed once they are present.

Once you have an acceptable overclock, use the 'use current' button below to apply the changes every time you boot.

54. Overclocking Nvidia Video cards

Nvidia's video driver package has an overclocking component to it, but it is disabled by default and can only be re-enabled by editing the registry manually or with a file.

To activate overclocking in Nvidia cards:

Open REGEDIT

Navigate to 'HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\NVIDIA Corporation\Global\NVTweak'

Create a new DWORD value called 'Coolbits' and give it a value of '3'

Reboot.

Known as 'coolbits' due to the name of the registry entry that must be added, this feature creates a 'clock frequency' page in the Nvidia display software.

From here you can adjust the GPU and memory clock speeds. Before applying the settings you must allow the drivers to test them. Note, this is not a guarantee of successful overclocking, just a test for basic stability. You can also use the 'auto detect' button, which will attempt to determine the recommended level of overclocking. Use of this feature generally results in slightly conservative settings, but it makes a good reference point. Changes will be applied automatically upon pressing 'ok.'

One thing that can make overclocking complicated on newer Nvidia graphics cards is the fact that the graphics processors have a thermal safeguard and will actually slow themselves down to avoid damage from excessive heat. Overclocking the card of course produces more heat, and eventually you will reach a point where the safeguard kicks in and your benchmark scores will drop perceptibly no matter how much more you overclock the card.

Fair enough, but the trouble is, even if you crank the card back down to more conservative settings once you have reached this point, chances are the safeguard will still be in effect until the card gets a proper chance to cool down a bit (by rebooting, for example.).

This can make benchmarking for best performance more complicated than it needs to be. Best practice then is to increase by increments and make note of when your benchmark scores begin to drop. In this way you get a good idea of the maximum safe level of overclocking for the card.

Once you have found an optimal level, use the 'apply settings at startup' checkbox so you do not have to reenter the settings after a reboot.

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Contents of Article: PCSTATS
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guides: 99 Performance Tips for Windows
 Pg 2.  Preparing your system: Tips 1 - 3
 Pg 3.  Preparing your system: Tips 4 - 5
 Pg 4.  Preparing your system: Tips 6 - 8
 Pg 5.  BIOS Tweaks: Tips 9 - 11
 Pg 6.  BIOS Tweaks: Tips 12 - 14
 Pg 7.  Overclocking Memory / CPU: Tips 15 -16
 Pg 8.  WinXP Software and Registry Tweaks: Tips 17 - 20
 Pg 9.  WinXP Software and Registry Tweaks: Tips 21 - 22
 Pg 10.  WinXP Software and Registry Tweaks: Tips 23 - 25
 Pg 11.  WinXP Software and Registry Tweaks: Tips 26 - 28
 Pg 12.  WinXP Software and Registry Tweaks: Tips 29 - 31
 Pg 13.  WinXP Software and Registry Tweaks: Tips 32 - 35
 Pg 14.  WinXP Software and Registry Tweaks: Tips 36 - 40
 Pg 15.  WinXP Software and Registry Tweaks: Tips 41 - 43
 Pg 16.  WinXP Software and Registry Tweaks: Tips 44 - 45
 Pg 17.  WinXP Software and Registry Tweaks: Tips 46 - 48
 Pg 18.  Video and Graphics Tweaks: Tips 49 - 52
 Pg 19.  — Video and Graphics Tweaks: Tips 53 - 54
 Pg 20.  Video and Graphics Tweaks: Tips 55 - 57
 Pg 21.  Network and Internet Speed Tweaks: Tips 58 - 61
 Pg 22.  Network and Internet Speed Tweaks: Tips 62 - 63
 Pg 23.  Network and Internet Speed Tweaks: Tips 64 - 66
 Pg 24.  WinXP Interface Tweaks and Shortcuts: Tips 67 - 69
 Pg 25.  WinXP Interface Tweaks and Shortcuts: Tips 70 - 73
 Pg 26.  WinXP Interface Tweaks and Shortcuts: Tips 74 - 77
 Pg 27.  WinXP Interface Tweaks and Shortcuts: Tips 78 - 81
 Pg 28.  Improving Windows XP boot speed: Tips 82 - 84
 Pg 29.  Improving Windows XP boot speed: Tips 85 - 88
 Pg 30.  Improving Windows XP boot speed: Tips 89 - 91
 Pg 31.  Improving Windows XP boot speed: Tips 92 - 94
 Pg 32.  Increasing XP shutdown speed: Tips 95 - 99

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