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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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Rivatuner Overclocking Continued

The first thing to do is to check the 'enable driver level hardware overclocking' box to enable the sliders below.

RivaTuner needs to determine the card's default clock settings before it can proceed. If Coolbits was used previously, make sure the card was reverted to its default settings as mentioned above. Once this has been done, click the 'detect now' button.

The overclocking sliders have been enabled, along with a 'mode' dropdown box in the upper right corner. This switches between '2d', 'low power 3d' and 'performance 3d' modes. As with Coolbits, users will be spending most of their time in the 'performance 3D' mode as there is not much point in overclocking a video card when not using 3D-intensive applications.

Now that the core clock and memory clock sliders are accessible, overclocking can begin. The two small arrows delimiting a section of each slider provide a recommended overclocking range, but the best bet is to increase the settings gradually, benchmarking at each step (see our benchmarking section below for details on this). As with Coolbits, each new setting must be affirmed using the 'test' button at the bottom of the window before it can be set permanently.

As with Coolbits, just because overclocked settings pass this test doesn't mean that they will work with real world games and benchmarks.

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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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