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Beginners Guides: Overclocking the Videocard

Beginners Guides: Overclocking the Videocard - PCSTATS
Abstract: It's possible to overclock a videocard just as you might a processor, for quicker speeds and better gaming. In this guide we will explain how to do just that, step by step.
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External Mfg. Website: PCstats Sep 08 2006   Mike Dowler  
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Nvidia Overclocking

There are a couple of ways to go about overclocking an nVidia-based videocard. The most basic is to use the 'Coolbits' registry tweak built into nVidia's video drivers. Essentially, the Coolbits tweak involves adding a single value to the Windows registry which then enables core and memory overclocking within the display control panel.

Setting up Coolbits

To enable the Coolbits tweak, the Windows XP registry needs to be edited. In case editing the registry sounds intimidating, see our guide here for more info. The Coolbits registry edit is very simple though, and is not going to cause any negative effects.

To enable the 'Coolbits' tweak open REGEDIT ('start\run' then type 'regedit') and navigate to 'HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\NVIDIA Corporation\Global\NVTweak'

If the 'Coolbits' value is already present in the right hand pane, double click on it and change its value to '3'. If not, Right click in an empty area of the right hand pane and choose 'new\dword value'. Call the new value 'Coolbits' and give it a value of '3'.

Close REGEDIT. Now when the nVidia display control panel is opened, there is a new 'clock frequency' page.

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Contents of Article: PCstats
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guides: Overclocking the Videocard
 Pg 2.  Nvidia vs. ATI and Overclocking
 Pg 3.  — Nvidia Overclocking
 Pg 4.  How to overclock nVidia cards with Coolbits
 Pg 5.  Overclocking an nVidia card with RivaTuner
 Pg 6.  Rivatuner Overclocking Continued
 Pg 7.  Nvidia Overclocking Complications: Thermal Throttling
 Pg 8.  ATI Videocard Overclocking
 Pg 9.  ATI Overclocking Continued
 Pg 10.  Low Level Overclocking
 Pg 11.  A Word About Flashing a Videocard's BIOS

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