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Beginners Guides: Overclocking the Videocard
Beginners Guides: Overclocking the Videocard - PCSTATS
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   M. Dowler  
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ATI Videocard Overclocking

Unlike its arch rival nVidia, ATI does not include any sort of overclocking ability in its drivers, concealed or not. This means that is necessary to use a third-party utility to overclock the company's cards. This article uses the RivaTuner utility, just as it did for nVidia cards (RivaTuner is the software PCstats uses for all overclocking tests in our hardware reviews).

Overclocking ATI cards with RivaTuner

This easy to use utility can overclock both companies' cards with equal ease. While there are several other ATI overclocking utilities out there, PCstats likes RivaTuner for its combination of flexibility and simplicity. Once you have RivaTuner installed and started, the main screen appears. Video card type and driver set are displayed here, along with several other informational and settings tabs. For now, everything needed is on this screen.

To begin overclocking an ATI video card, find the 'customize' icon under 'target adaptor' and click it. From the menu that appears, select the first icon, 'low-level system settings'.

Since the ATI Catalyst drivers do not allow for overclocking, RivaTuner overclocks ATI video cards at the hardware level.

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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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