Overclocking Video Cards - Monitoring Temps and Stability

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rrplay Posted: Fri, Mar 4 2011 11:16 AM

Hi folks!

I would like to start this thread off by mentioning that this thread is not intended to be step by step guide.But rather an overview of what
other members are doing with getting optimal performance from their rigs.

.Initially excerpts of this preview section were intended to be added to an OC guide thread that was to be updated occasionally such as links,drivers,cooling, and software developments.

So your comments and feedback will have a vital impact to enhance this thread.

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Initial Evaluations

Evaluate what you would like to gain with your overclock the pros and cons and decide.

Evaluate if your current system is in the prime condition that it needs to be to begin..

 Some recommended checks would be the overall quality of the case's airflow,
 proper cable management,psu quality,as well as aftermarket cooling options

Just because you may see a benchmark with hardware that's similar to yours , you may Not be able to achieve similar results ! & hopefully yours may be better

Case and Airflow

A great example of this with some great graphics  can viewed in a Tech Talk @ SilverStone's website

 

***********saw a temp chart elsewhere on this forum with an egg cooking!Smile

Overall PSU Quality and Calculator

********some PSU links and stuff maybe useful here

Monitoring and Benchmark  Utilities

***********just a few to get us started

OCCT

Furmark

Tessmark http://www.ozone3d.net/benchmarks/tessmark/

3D Mark

GPU-Z 0.5.1   **GPU-Z Included in Furmark 1.9.0 GPU-Z has been updated to version 0.5.2

MSI Afterburner

Evga Precision 

Riva Tuner

Core Temp

Heaven DX11 Benchmark 2.5 :

PCMark Vantage

ShaderToyMark 0.2.0

SAPPHIRE TriXX

*****we can easily add some more and keep it current

 

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IMPORTANT!  Please remember that there is always a risk of damage to your hardware when overclocking. That is why it is very important to monitor your system and its temperatures while overclocking. The information in this thread is of a voluntary nature supplied by the members of this forum.  The forum members and HOT HARDWARE will not be held responsible for any damage caused by improper overclocking! 

[ thanks 4hams for allowing me to 'borrow' the Disclaimer ]

***********Note to members we can easily update & modify the above sections to suit this community .So your comments and feedback will benefit all of us.

Even though I do not have the best of systems, and  need ALL the help I get from you guys,. I thought I would simply kick start a new thread  and post with some screen-shots.

Hope that others may join and share their expertise, specs,clocks,temps, benchmarks.,and how they go about it .

 

Thanks

 

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03/13/11 Added Tessmark @realneil

03/27/11 Added new update info for GPU-Z 0.5.2

11/06/11 Added ShaderToyMark

11/06/11 Added SapphireTriXX Tweak utility

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rrplay replied on Fri, Mar 4 2011 11:17 AM

Here are the system specs that I'll be using in the next several posts  from the Bios settings for overclocking your rig. (A guide for the rest of us) thread  53962.aspx

Intel i7 870
Gigabyte H55N-USB3 mini atx
Kingston HyperX 4GB 1600
SiverStone SST SG07 [ top intake 180mm 700/1200rpm ]
600W SilverStone 80+ PSU
Intel Stock Cooler  [crap]
CPU Ratio: 21
BCLK Frequency: 157
DRAM Frequency: 1570MHz
DRAM Voltage: 1.56
***Load Line Calibration: Disabled to follow Intel Spec rather than GB
CPU Voltage: 1.1.0625V
QPI/Vtt 1.1.000V [auto]
DRAM Voltage: 1.56
Intel Turbo Mode: disabled
Others set to Auto at this time

GPU: ATi HD5770 

Viewsonic A90f+

***Looking forward to a better cooler that will fit this case and mini mobo and have a few candidates in mind nothing bigger than 92x117mm will work with this.

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FurMarkGPU Stress Test and OpenGL Benchmark

FurMark 1.9.0 Download

FurMark is a very intensive OpenGL benchmark that uses fur rendering algorithms to measure the performance of the graphics card. Fur rendering is especially adapted to overheat the GPU and that's why FurMark is also a perfect stability and stress test tool (also called GPU burner) for the graphics card.

The benchmark offers several options allowing the user to tweak the rendering: fullscreen / windowed mode, MSAA selection, window size, duration.

This benchmark requires an OpenGL 2.0 compliant graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce 5/6/7/8 (and higher), AMD/ATI Radeon 9600 (and higher) or a S3 Graphics Chrome 400 series with the latest graphics drivers.

The startup interface allows you to tweak the benchmark features such as:

  • Benchmark mode or stability test mode (for overclockers)
  • GPU temperature monitoring and recording in a file
  • Fullscreen or windowed for each type of run mode
  • Window size selection (standard or custom)
  • MSAA samples selection
  • Benchmarking parameters: time based or frames based

 

GPU-Z 0.5.1  :

GPU-Z is a lightweight utility designed to give you all information about your video card and GPU.

  • Added support for NVIDIA GTX 560 Ti, 480M, 485M
  • Added transistors and die size for 460M, 445M, 435M
  • Added release date for 6800 GT, 6600 GT, 6600, 6200, 8800 GTX, 8800 GTS, 8800 Ultra, 8600 GTS, 8500 GT, 8800 GS, 9600 GSO, 8800 GT, GTS 250, GT 440
  • Added preliminary support for AMD Zacate and Ontario APUs
  • Found a new way to disable NVIDIA's power limiter
  • Added support for GTX 570 and GTX 560 to power limit disable function, the parameter is now called /GTX500OCP
  • Fixed crash in sensors panel
  • Acer PCI vendor now using a shorter text that fits the field width
  • Added CHL8214 & CHL8226 support for AMD Barts and Cayman
  • Improved the automatic update check to run completely in the background and only appear when an update is available (manual update check is unchanged)

here is a screen of mine at idle with default &  modest OC..


MSI Afterburner v2.1.0 (2011-02-15)

**Note one of the first thing you should is 
In the msi afterburner folder you will find MSIAfterburner.cfg,

open it with Notepad and change the value

EnableUnofficialOverclocking = 0    TO

EnableUnofficialOverclocking = 1

Save it over the old file,  ** this way should you need to make other changes , other 'tweaking optionsare available

 

>>>MSI Afterburner Was used to OC the 5770   ..simply by increasing core in increments of 5 and memory in increments of 10 ..monitoring the temps and taking short tests with Furmark while  'tweaking''  the fan profile just a bit....

 let's fire up Furmark !


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rrplay replied on Fri, Mar 4 2011 11:17 AM

Here's a  sceenshot  of Furmark in Burn-in mode [Xtreme burn] & setings

Furmark 1.9.0 Bench  NO Anit-alias

Furmark 1.9.0 Bench  2X MSAA

 

>>>Notes: I noticed in the newer version of Furmark my temps initially seemed a bit high so I checked and reapplied TIM with Tuniq TX-2 & did not take pics at the time but noticed and overall lower temps of about 7C on average from factory  application.

 

*** Next  Heaven 2.5 Benchmark ...

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rrplay replied on Fri, Mar 4 2011 11:18 AM

Heaven DX11 Benchmark 2.5

Current version: 2.5 (2011-03-02)


Overview

Heaven Benchmark is a DirectX 11 GPU benchmark based on advanced Unigine™ engine from Unigine Corp. It reveals the enchanting magic of floating islands with a tiny village hidden in the cloudy skies.

Features

  • Support of DirectX 9, DirectX 10, DirectX 11 and OpenGL
  • Comprehensive use of tessellation technology
  • Advanced SSAO (screen-space ambient occlusion)
  • Volumetric cumulonimbus clouds generated by a physically accurate algorithm
  • Simulation of changing light conditions
  • Dynamic sky with light scattering
  • Interactive experience with fly/walk-through modes

 

Hardware Tessellation

The distinguishing feature of the benchmark is hardware tessellation, a scalable technology aimed for automatic subdivision of polygons into smaller and finer pieces, so that games gain drastically detailed and more elaborated look almost free of charge in terms of performance.

There are three tessellation modes available in this version of the benchmark:

Moderate Mode
This mode is targeted to provide reasonable performance on a wide range of DX11 hardware.

Normal Mode
Default mode available in the benchmark shows optimal quality-to-performance ratio. That's the way to achieve prominent visual difference with hardware tessellation technology.

Extreme Mode

It is designed to meet the perspectives of the next series of DX11-capable hardware pushing up the tessellation level to the extreme in the next 1-2 years

 

System Requirements

Graphics card: ATI Radeon HD 2xxx and higher or NVIDIA GeForce 7xxx and higher.

Tessellation feature REQUIRES both video card with DirectX 11 support and MS Windows Vista / 7!

 

Changes in version 2.5

  • Added the Professional edition (see details below)
  • Improved support of various GPUs
  • Added support of indirect occlusion (SSDO) to simulate real-time global illumination
  • Improved the stability during multi-hour running
  • Fixed Windows GUI launcher compatibility issues
  • Improved the quality of ambient occlusion
  • Fixed minor content glitches
  • Added a user manual
  • Improved an installer for Windows

Heaven DX11 Benchmark Pro is available for purchase in the official Unigine online store.

Basic edition of this product is distributed completely free of charge, please visit downloads section of the website.

 

Unigine 'Heaven' DX11 Benchmark 2.5   Download 


*** I chose to start with Heaven Benchmark because it easy to use, works great with a variety of GPUS ,and is priced right !

 

Vsync ON 910/1350 60C / 50% fan  average


 

Vsync OFF 910/1350 60C / 50% fan  average


 

*** So far so good ! always room for improvement and a good start .........


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rrplay replied on Fri, Mar 4 2011 1:17 PM

Nvidia  - Furmark  EVGA Precision & OCCT

Since many have Nvidia Cards and use OCCT

For this section I removed the ATi HD 5770 and and installed a Zotac GTS 250  [DX10 card!}

**Note this is an ECO version of the G92 Nvidia chip  ZT-20109-10P  Dual 6-pin to 8-pin PCI Express Power Cable 675MHz 2000MHz

With the GTS 250 all previous ATi  Catalyst drivers were uninstalled and completely removed using Driver Sweeper.
Initially installed Nvidia  Driver 266.58...  the latest driver for the  GTS 250 & did not particularity care for it's performance with this card.
Better  results with  the latest Nvidia Beta Driver 267.24 along with EVGA Precision.2.0.2.

EVGA Precision 2.0.2 

EVGA, once again, sets itself apart from the rest with the EVGA Exclusive Precision Overclocking Utility. This program allows you to fine tune your EVGA graphics card for the maximum performance possible, with Core/Shader/Memory clock tuning, real time monitoring support including in-game, Logitech Keyboard LCD Display support, and compatibility with almost all EVGA graphics cards.

    Features:

        * Independent or Synchronous control for fan and clock settings in a multi-GPU system
        * Allows up to 10 profiles, and ability to assign hotkeys to these profiles to allow in-game
        * Ability to view temperatures in the system tray
        * Fan profiling system
        * Core/Shader Clock Link/Unlink capability
        * Fan Speed manual or auto adjustment
        * Real-Time on-screen display support for ingame temp, framerate, and clock monitoring
        * Logitech Keyboard LCD Display support
        * In-app temp/clockspeed monitoring of GPU's
        * Information button shows device, driver, memory size, BIOS Revision and SLI mode
        * Ability to choose different skins, and make your own!
        * Now you can save screenshots from your favorite games!

Stock GTS 250

***Noticed that even at idle the temps seemed a bit high and I would have liked a more reasonable GPU fan profile; Furmark is really great for this by simply 'toggling' the Furry Doughnut ! So I checked and replaced TIM.and may  post it later in this thread..

****Which is why it always a Very Good Idea to Evaluate & Monitor Temps before launching something like OCCT !                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

OCCT Perestroïka 3.1.0

What is OCCT ?

Its features :

    * 3 different test types
          o CPU = no RAM tested, alot of heat generated on the CPU, errors are usually CPU-centered
          o RAM = Maximum error detection, tests the whole chain CPU-Chipset-Memory
          o Mix = CPU and RAM alternated
    * 3 tests modes
          o Auto = 1h long Mix test
          o Custom (Infinite) = Infinite loop of the test type of your choice
          o Custom (fixed) = A test of the type of your choice, and of a duration of your choice
    * Integrated monitoring and System information thanks to CPU-Z and HWmonitor engine
    * External Monitoring Program support through plugins (Everest, Speedfan, and many more)
    * Graph output showing temperatures and voltages of your computer

Disclaimer

This software is provided on an “as is” basis without warranty of any kind, expressed or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. The person using the software bears all risk as to the quality and performance of thesoftware. The author will not be liable for any special, incidental, consequential, indirect or similar damages due to loss of data or any other reason, even if the author or an agent of the author has been advised of the possibility of such damages. In no event shall the author’s liability for any damages ever exceed the price paid for the license to use the software, regardless of the form of the claim.

Copyright (c) ocbase.com

 

Screenshot

 

 

*** Notes :One of the first things to do is to  check your settings in the Options for safe CPU Temps and Monitoring !

>>Strongly Recommend that users Evaluate their OC -  CPU & GPU running several short 'custom ' stress tests before stressing their systems with OCCT for an hour !!

 

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Looks like there is enough general information here to bring confidence to users optimizing their GPU safely ..

Updated notes and suggestions can easily be added to the above posts.

and encourage others to share with what works for them and how they go about it  so that all of us can benefit.Smile

 

 

Thanks

 


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4hams replied on Tue, Mar 8 2011 10:48 AM

Nice work rrplay! 

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nice work guys

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rrplay replied on Sat, Mar 12 2011 6:27 PM

4hams:


Nice work rrplay!

thanks 4hams !

Der Meister:

nice work guys

Thank you Der Meister !

thanks guys that means a lot and most appreciated

any feed back you can give is certainly going to help with that additional content in the above posts  that need additional work

 

 Ex

Overall PSU Quality and Calculator

********some PSU links and stuff maybe useful here

Monitoring and Benchmark  Utilities

***********just a few to get us started

 

you guys probably have some others to add ..some monitoring apps burn in apps ? screen shots of your own with likely better hardware ?

 

Even though i posted the OCCT info for CPU in the bios thread for convenience

the full power suppl;y OCCT stress tests should probably be posted here because the full CPU GPU PSU are stressed

*** should getting a new  CPU cooler installed 3/16/11 and I 'll be sure to update in this thread and the Bios thread with  the new OC ! ashould be interesing to see about getting a comforatable 3.7 ot 3.8 out the i7 870 on air ,a bit more room on the hyper x, cause the Silevratone 600 W 80+ looks like it would have no problem we ill see.   heck that's what the graphs in OCCT are for !

 

Already have a Debain Linux install with Ati drivers and plan on posting some additional info to OC the HD 5770 in Linux

same  for swapping the Nvidia vid card  

 

.... dunno probably best to have a separate thread  for the ATi / Nvidia / Phoronix  Linux stuff

 

Thanks

 

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realneil replied on Sat, Mar 12 2011 6:49 PM

So how do you read this?

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rrplay replied on Sat, Mar 12 2011 7:13 PM

hey neil thanks for posting

thats looks great ! and its simple to read

you have the cpu OC to 4.297 ran the furmark burn in a 1680x1050 W with 4X Anti Alias great 60 C temps !! the only things we do not see in your post of the Furmark screeni is the GPU-Z specs and GPU-Z sensors info like the little example screeni in above posts showing those screens

if you play around with Furmarks furry doughnut & toggling' it in and out with the GPU-z sensors screen open you'lll notice the load and fan info change to reflect the loads  ...something like that  and pretty handy if you want to curve or step a fan profile that ' s may be why i chose to use the EVGA precision with that Zotac GTS 250 card to step a profile with that particular card.

Note that I posted with a lowered 'windowed resolution' to quickly  evaluate and lighten the load a bit before a full screen test n bench.

what utility did you use with your 560 Ti ?

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realneil replied on Sun, Mar 13 2011 11:06 AM

Maybe this will give more info,....

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realneil replied on Sun, Mar 13 2011 11:16 AM

And more,....

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rrplay replied on Sun, Mar 13 2011 7:48 PM

realneil:

Maybe this will give more info,....

hey neil thanks for posting and helping out with Tessmark Smile

It gives quite a bit more info especially with more current cards such as yours . & I can run it with the Ati HD 5770 not the GTS 250

 

****Edited the 1st post in this thread to include Tessmark along with your reference to it


and will likely make a similar post as the Furmark above showing the Tessmark GPU tool; when I swap out the cards.[unless you want to post it ? ]

Was also planning before swapping to the Ati HD 5770 to do a another sceenshot post with OCCT / Nvidia GTS 250 and the monitoring apps

>  showing the GPU Z sensors tab in real time may be useful &  include some shots showing the 'toggling' furry doughnut'  graphs with Furmark and GPU-Z sensors tab.

 

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rrplay replied on Sun, Mar 13 2011 8:59 PM

here is a screenshot with Furmark 'Furry doughnut' ftoggled with loads ,temps & fans info

 

 

Pretty simple to check out senors tab in GPU Z along the way to monitor averages peaks etc, before full screen runs , some may find this useful

 

 

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rrplay replied on Sun, Mar 13 2011 9:56 PM

Screen shot of OCCT Power Supply test windowd to show Core Temps etc

 

From the look oft the graphs that OCCT save after a run loks like I have quite a bit more headromm on the SilverStone 600W 8+ PSU especially using the ATi HD 5770 for spu OC and higher OC on GPU

 

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** will have to update new CPU OC in bios thread after 3/15/11 post install of new cpu cooler

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rrplay replied on Sun, Mar 20 2011 10:33 AM

Since Neil included a screenshot of his Tessmark  scores here is some info for your conviennience

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Tessmark http://www.ozone3d.net/benchmarks/tessmark/

OpenGL 4 GPU Tessellation Benchmark

TessMark has been successfully tested on the following systems:

  • Intel Core Extreme X9650 / 8GB DDR3 / Windows Seven 64-bit / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 / Forceware 259.09
  • Intel Core i7 960 / 4GB DDR3 / Windows Seven 64-bit / ATI Radeon HD 5770 / Catalyst 10.7

What is TessMark?

TessMark is an OpenGL benchmark and tech demo that uses the new hardware tessellation (or GPU tessellation) features exposed by the OpenGL 4 API and available on the latest graphics cards like the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 or the ATI Radeon HD 5870. Hardware tessellation makes it possible to divide a polygon into smaller ones (according to the tessellation level factor) in order to increase polygons density: the higher the tessellation level, the higher the polygon density. A high tessellation level requires much GPU processing power.

Hardware tessellation (OpenGL 4 or Direct3D 11) requires GeForce GTX 400 Series (like the GTX 460, GTX 470 or GTX 480) or Radeon HD 5000 Series (like the HD 5770 or HD 5870).

TessMark proposes four fixed tessellation levels: moderate, normal, extreme and insane:

Extreme and unbearable are reserved for GPUs with much tessellation processing power...

**see web page

The benchmark includes several options allowing the user to tweak the rendering: fullscreen or windowed mode, MSAA selection, window size, duration of the benchmark.


The graphics settings for the standard benchmark are:

  • Resolution: 1920x1080
  • Fullcreen
  • No MSAA (None)
  • Duration: 60 sec (60000 ms).

A more detailed table is available HERE http://www.geeks3d.com/20100826/tessmark-opengl-4-gpu-tessellation-benchmark-comparative-table/

**just a basic overview of Tessmark & a bit more in the following post

 

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rrplay replied on Sun, Mar 20 2011 11:01 AM

A bit more info regrading Tessmark can be found here as well

  http://www.geeks3d.com/20100819/gpu-tool-tessmark-0-2-2-new-opengl-4-tessellation-benchmark/

"Now that DX11-class graphics cards, like Radeon HD 5000 series or GeForce GTX 400 series, are more and more popular, it was time to release a new benchmark for these modern cards. This new GPU tool, called TessMark, is small synthetic graphics benchmark focused on one of the killer features of Direct3D 11 and OpenGL 4 capable cards, I mean the GPU tessellation.

Like Unigine Heaven, TessMark allows to select the level tessellation. The small difference is that TessMark proposes four differents levels (see the screenshots at the end of the post):"

  • moderate
  • normal
  • extreme
  • insane

Moderate and normal levels are levels we’ll find in real world applications like games. Extreme and insane levels are reserved for GPUs with much tessellation processing power and for the required touch of madness that a graphics benchmark must have

*** WARNING ***: there is a BUG in Catalyst 10.7 that prevents to use OpenGL 4 GPU tessellation on all Radeon HD 5800. Other Radeon like HD 5700 are not affected by this bug.

+++ UPDATE +++: the tessellation bug with Catalyst 10.7 + Radeon HD 5870 has been fixed in Catalyst 10.8.

 

***Note the cool scrennshots on the page and you most likely to have a bit of fun with Tessmark especially if you have a newer card so post and share some of your results ..in the meantime I will have to swap cards to run Tessmark and will likely post a bit later with the ATiHD 5770 that I have.

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rrplay replied on Sun, Mar 27 2011 12:35 PM

Update Info !


TechPowerUp GPU-Z v0.5.2

http://www.techpowerup.com/downloads/1969/TechPowerUp_GPU-Z_v0.5.2.html

Updated: Mar 21, 2011

Revision History

    Added support for NVIDIA  GT 440, GTX 550, GTX 560, GTX 570, GTX 590
    Added support for AMD HD 6990
    Added detection support for more Sandy Bridge IGPs
    Fixed ROP count on ATI Madison
    Improved OpenCL detection for ATI
    Added CHL8228 voltage controller support for Cayman Pro and XT
    Improved driver based voltage monitoring support for ATI cards
    Added startup parameter /card followed by the adapter index, starts with 1.
    Several crash and stability fixes

 

** Note edited about posts to reflect updated info.

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4hams replied on Thu, Apr 21 2011 7:57 PM

Hey Peter you put alot of work into this thread so i thought i should help ya out a bit and post some tests and screenies. 

I do not overclock my GPU as I do not game and do not need the extra kick.  but i thought for the purposes of this thread i should clock it a bit and see what happens.  i used the auto tune feature in AMD Overdrive and let it do it's thing. 

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Wow ( rrplay) I havent been on here lately sorry to admit that but someone has been busy here! Youve done a great job on this thread a lot of info and and benchmark/software utility programs! Some I have,nt even used ! Im a creature of habit sometimes and get use to some particular software and find myself using it exclusivly when there is much more out there to test and work with!Some of those are on your list here like 3DMark Occt and PassMark more often than not 3DMark! Im going to have to get on the ball and download some of these and test them out! So far as I can tell some of you guys have me outgunned in the components dept but I can get back into my Phenom X3 720 and 4870x2 and see how I stand up against you guys configurations! I havent done any ocing to my rig in a while and actually clocked it down to stock settings on both the video card and the CPU but I can open it back up and see how I compare! Now you got me looking around in some of my files and screenshots for some I had already posted before and or saved for my own referance to see how far I could take it without letting the magic smoke out! Im hoping to have a new build here soon with a little more power behind it but Im held back on the fact that I dont have a video card yet that would justify the build! Got a new decent motherboard and a small SSD drive that would do the job but not what I would consider a beast but somthing that would be good enough to hold a Phenom X6 1100, so hopefully in the near future I can but heads with my friends here for the sake of some friendly competition! Maybe soon but you done a great job on this thread the screenshots and everything now Im going to have to get back in gear and do some tweaking and post some screenshots of my own even if all you guys kick my but in the power range because Im curious how I would come out! Good job rrplay! Now Im going to find some 3D marks I had on my current Rig to post here get back to you guys soon!

 

 

 

 

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rrplay replied on Fri, Apr 22 2011 12:07 PM

4hams:

so.. i thought i should help ya out a bit and post some tests and screenies. 

I do not overclock my GPU as I do not game and do not need the extra kick.  but i thought for the purposes of this thread i should clock it a bit and see what happens.  i used the auto tune feature in AMD Overdrive and let it do it's thing. 

thanks for stopping by 4hams [Joel] , and you did suggest a separate thread for this with your comment in the bios OC thread  & sure do appreciate you letting me use the Disclaimer to get it 'kick -started'..as you can see it's kinda a thread in process  heck ! GPU-Z went up a version TechPowerUp GPU-Z v0.5.3 since last post so I 'll surely acknowledge and edit when apropo. Like what you did with the CPU clock and temps and sharing your GPU OC is great because of evaluating what your needs are and just posting what you feel comfy with.That is the Overall Idea !Yes

Simple and well done so thanksBeer

I can assure you I can be as lazy as the next guy so when curiouse about the percentage gained simply take a look at this handy

Percentage Change Calculator 

http://www.csgnetwork.com/percentchangecalc.html

OK brain chill ..just type some numbers in it and 'voila magicCool

appreciate the kind remarks but all the gush made be blush so I edited them out

so back at the ranch a more to come and a likely visit to the doghouse thread as well ..because I have been only running my setup with a 19" CRT at 1280x1024  lol embarrassing but still do able working with what I currently have so benches would be mostly useless to compare with reviews done at higher rez with better monitors like we have in HH.Would like to move along in this thread with some of the consistent benches that Marco and Matt use in the reviews like the

Asus DirectCU NVIDIA and AMD Graphics Round-Up

http://hothardware.com/articles/Asus-DirectCU-Graphics-Card-Roundup-with-Super-Alloy-Power/

more to come ...

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rrplay replied on Fri, Apr 22 2011 1:00 PM

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... there is much more out there to test and work with!Some of those are on your list here like 3DMark Occt and PassMark more often than not 3DMark! Im going to have to get on the ball and download some of these and test them out! So far as I can tell some of you guys have me outgunned in the components dept but I can get back into my Phenom X3 720 and 4870x2 and see how I stand up against you guys configurations! I havent done any ocing to my rig in a while and actually clocked it down to stock settings on both the video card and the CPU but I can open it back up and see how I compare! Now you got me looking around in some of my files and screenshots for some I had already posted before and or saved for my own referance to see how far I could take it without letting the magic smoke out!

hey amdcrankitup  and hopeyoufeelbetter soonman  thanks for stopping in and do hope that you are feeling better and my prayers have been with you lately

The initial intention of this thread was to just simply post and share  a bit of what some apps and stress tests folks maybe using to OC the vid cards and never has been intended to be competition or anything like that but if you weant to post scores hey that's cool too Cool

amdcrankitup:

... Im hoping to have a new build here soon with a little more power behind it but Im held back on the fact that I dont have a video card yet that would justify the build! Got a new decent motherboard and a small SSD drive that would do the job but not what I would consider a beast but somthing that would be good enough to hold a Phenom X6 1100, so hopefully in the near future I can but heads with my friends

just wanted to mention and I do know that you are aware of this is getting your hands on a high quality PSU of couse here is a convienat link to Neil's great insight from the bios thread regarding this

http://hothardware.com/cs/forums/t/53962.aspx?PageIndex=3

realneil:

Something that I've not said before and some of you may not know already, is that when a video card maker suggests or even requires a PSU of 700 Watts (insert proper figure here) to support their card in your system, they're adding quite a bit of requirement to that figure simply because they already KNOW that all PSU's are not the same. Far too many people are saddled with cheap-ass power supplies that give wazoo specifications on the label, and then fail to meet them properly. Poorly designed PSU's abound in the marketplace. So card-makers are adding capacity to what they recommend, just to 'hedge their bet' a little bit. This ensures that their product works in more PC's without problems. Also, their product's reputation doesn't take the blame for poorly designed PSU's.

Actual measurements taken on many tech-savy sites show that most cards draw less power from the typical system than stated. So if you spend the extra money to buy a high quality PSU and don't fall for the advertising hype that seems to abound in this segment, you can safely and effectively get away with using one with a lower rating, thereby saving yourself a little on your power bill.

 

 

hope you don't mind realneil for me sharing this here but certainly most appropriate here for others.

*****the best way to describe all of this thread is to simply gain noticeable better performance & Not to lose that Magic ! Smile

thanks for your kind words and encouragement Bill

more to come ...

 

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rrplay replied on Fri, Apr 22 2011 10:09 PM

here is just a bit on an update with some screenshots of toggling Furmark's doughnut and overview of specs

very easy to see what is going on with the fan speed to GPU load in windowed mode allowing me to guestimate full screen burn in and game-play sceanrio

 

since 4hams stopped by and had the bios thread with IntelBurn & CoreTemps let's try them together

here is another screen of a bit dif windowed mode also with Intelburn standard auto with temp and 'doughnut' toggle

very easy to work with by simply increasing clock +10 along with mem +50 and tightening them a bit later.

checking the temps and fan speeds is simple to do as well working with it this way.

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rrplay replied on Mon, Apr 25 2011 10:15 AM

a bit of update GPU cooling info to add here that's likely to popular and posted for convience to navigate forums

Asetek Demos Liquid Cooled PNY XLR8 GTX Prototype

http://hothardware.com/cs/forums/p/54897/393937.aspx#393937

*** in the meantime might as well look at Corsair's Blog of a successful mod with an h70 &GTX 480 and like the results

http://www.corsair.com/blog/using-a-hydro-series-h70-on-a-nvidia-geforce-gtx480/

*** might be a good thread to update if as likely to be many more for other to share some mods with self-contained hydro coolers like the Asetek Corsair Antecs and GPU cooling.

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LBowen replied on Wed, Apr 27 2011 8:49 AM

Thanks for all the info.  Overclocking is something I will look more into later down the road and this thread has some good links.

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rrplay replied on Wed, Apr 27 2011 1:40 PM

LBowen:

 Overclocking is something I will look more into later down the road and this thread has some good links.

thanks

the screen shots posted can assist what you may be seeing on your screen then when feeling comfortable about clock temps and stability go full screen &

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rrplay replied on Fri, May 6 2011 6:42 AM

here is a quite basic video with Andy working with Furmark & MSI Afterburner GPU-Z might as well open up the Sensors tab on GPU-Z when running Furmark to check average temps and assist in tweaking a fan profile with Afterburner   this is all very similar to what has already been presented in this thread with Furmarks furry doughnut

 

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rrplay replied on Wed, Jun 29 2011 10:39 PM

Wednesday, June 29 2011

New Version of GPU_Z

TechPowerUp GPU-Z 0.5.4 Released

http://www.techpowerup.com/148201/TechPowerUp-GPU-Z-0.5.4-Released.html


"TechPowerUp released the latest version of GPU-Z, our popular graphics hardware information and monitoring utility. Version 0.5.4 packs a large number of changes, beginning with faster start-up, support for the entire line of NVIDIA GeForce 500M series GPUs, new models of Intel Sandy Bridge processor graphics, a number of AMD Radeon HD 6000M series GPUs, improved support for AMD APUs, and a number of bug fixes.

GPU-Z has overcome the slow start-up issue on AMD Radeon GPUs, it loads slightly faster on NVIDIA GPUs, too. ROP count reading on AMD Radeon HD 6790, Turks & Whistler was fixed; along with sensor count on Caicos, Whistler, Turks. OpenCL detection on some NVIDIA drivers was fixed. The ability to read UMA-shared memory on AMD APU systems was added. GPU-Z has better ability to detect and warn of spurious graphics cards with faked IDs. GPU-Z 0.5.4 is available in both its standard form and the ASUS Republic of Gamers themed variant."

A complete list of changes with this version follows.

  • Considerably improved startup time on ATI cards, faster on NVIDIA, too
  • Improved rendering on high-DPI screens
  • Fixed ROP count reading on AMD Radeon HD 6790, Turks & Whistler
  • Fixed sensor count on Caicos, Whistler, Turks
  • Fixed OpenCL detection on some NVIDIA drivers
  • Memory size reading support for AMD Fusion GPUs
  • Added die size and transistor count for GF108, GF114, Turks, Caicos
  • Added detection for more Intel Sandy Bridge GPUs
  • Added detection for variants of GT 220, GTS 450
  • Added detection for faked cards based on GTS 250, 9600 GT, NV41M
  • Added detection for GeForce GTX 560 non-Ti, GT 520, GF116 based GTS 450, GT 550M, GeForce 315, GeForce 405, Quadro 2000 & 6000
  • Added detection for GeForce GTX 560M, GT 555M, GT 550M, GTX 540M, GT 525M, GT 520M, GTX 415M, GT 410M, Quadro 1000M, NVS 4200M
  • Added detection for GT218 based ION 2 / 9300 GS / 8400 GS / 405 / NVS 300
  • Added detection for HD 6750, HD 6770, HD 6850M, HD 6970M, HD 6670M, HD 6650M, HD 6330M, FirePro 2260

 

>>>see links for additional info

****yes it does load a bit faster .

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rrplay replied on Wed, Jun 29 2011 10:56 PM

LBowen:

Thanks for all the info.  Overclocking is something I will look more into later down the road and this thread has some good links.

thanks glad to see you liked the links throughout the thread the above post with screenshot of the desktop is showing a stable system with rather modest OC on cpu and gpu with both Intel burn standard and Furmark doughnut 'toggle out" simultaneously  with  good temps in a small chassis .for me this is suitable for 24/7 at this time.


updated GPU-Z info above TechPowerUp GPU-Z 0.5.4 Released

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rrplay replied on Sat, Aug 6 2011 7:04 AM

here is another GPU_Z like utility from Asus that work with non-Asus cards as well just follow and get the latest version .

http://www.asusrog.com/forums/showthread.php?2624-GPU-Tweak

 

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rrplay replied on Wed, Sep 28 2011 7:33 PM

For those that have Sapphire cards :

SAPPHIRE TriXX

https://www.sapphireselectclub.com/ssc/TriXX/TriXX.aspx


TriXX helps users to get the optimum performance from compatible SAPPHIRE graphics cards in any application by allowing them to monitor, tune and save different settings of key parameters for the card.
TriXX not only monitors basic parameters such as fan speed and GPU temperature but also GPU load, voltages and memory performance. The user can chose the appearance of the TriXX interface with different skins.

Enthusiast users can adjust fan speeds, core voltages and clock speeds to tune performance to suit the application – for example maximizing performance by overclocking for gaming, or reducing operating speeds and fan noise when watching video. Three sets of parameters can be saved and named by the user, and recalled later, making it simple to switch between performance settings.

TriXX can also create a log file for future analysis, and the user can save the current VGA BIOS.

Updates will allow TriXX to support future releases of graphics cards and GPU families as well as enhancements to the tool.

Main Features

SAPPHIRE TriXX is the optimal overclocking utility for your AMD RADEON™ graphics card. Features include:
   *  Overclock your AMD RADEON™ based graphics card
        GPU Core
        GPU Voltage
        Video Card Memory
    * Save your Favorite Overclock Settings with up to 4 Profiles.
    * Adjust your Graphic Card’s Fan Settings with Automatic, Fixed or Custom Fan Speeds.
    * Information Tab with all you need to know about your Graphic Card including GPU, Interface, Memory, Driver Version, BIOS Version, Clocks, Shaders and more…
    * Multi-GPU support (CrossFireX)
    * Windows Sidebar Gadget option

*** See website page for screnshots,additional information and download links.

 

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realneil replied on Wed, Sep 28 2011 8:00 PM

Wonder if I could flash the BIOS on my XFX Radeon 6870 Black card to a Sapphire Bios and use TRIX on it?

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rrplay replied on Wed, Sep 28 2011 8:14 PM

realneil:

Wonder if I could flash the BIOS on my XFX Radeon 6870 Black card to a Sapphire Bios and use TRIX on it?

Great Question realneil ! is it something you feel you have the real need to do ?

If you are happy with the performance to OC and monitor temps and fans ..then why would you want to.? The TriXX Utility is a bit more Robust esp with fan speeds.  just making sure .

meanwhile best to  take look here 

http://www.overclock.net/ati-drivers-overclocking-software/1037262-sapphire-6870-bios-update.html

as well as gather ALL the info on your card model bios version etc before even considering a bios reflash

 

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rrplay replied on Wed, Sep 28 2011 8:20 PM

realneil:

Wonder if I could flash the BIOS on my XFX Radeon 6870 Black card to a Sapphire Bios and use TRIX on it?

Now Would also be great time to refer to the original post in this thread for those even think about re-flashing any type of card and etc...

http://hothardware.com/cs/forums/t/54045.aspx


IMPORTANT!  Please remember that there is always a risk of damage to your hardware when overclocking. That is why it is very important to monitor your system and its temperatures while overclocking. The information in this thread is of a voluntary nature supplied by the members of this forum.  The forum members and HOT HARDWARE will not be held responsible for any damage caused by improper overclocking!

[ thanks 4hams for allowing me to 'borrow' the Disclaimer ]

***********Note to members we can easily update & modify the above sections to suit this community .So your comments and feedback will benefit all of us.

OK that being said just simply re-write the disclaimer to include a Bios Re-Flash .[Successful of UN-Successful Disclaimer & Just might need some help and input which is what a community thread like this was intended to be.

 

IMPORTANT!  Please remember that there is always a risk of damage to your hardware when re-flashing the bios. That is why it is very important to gather all the pertinent information about the procedure before attempting such a modification to your card. The information in this thread is of a voluntary nature supplied by the members of this forum.  The forum members and HOT HARDWARE will not be held responsible for any damage caused from a improper Bios re-flash ! 

 

***Really glad you asked realneil because we really need to include that in thee Disclaimer !

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realneil replied on Wed, Sep 28 2011 8:28 PM

rrplay:
is it something you feel you have the real need to do ?

Naw, was just kidding around. XFX does a fine job of tweaking the Black series cards before they ever leave the factory. It's pretty damn fine the way it is, but it will be gone tomorrow, I just gave it away.

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rrplay replied on Wed, Sep 28 2011 8:41 PM

realneil:

rrplay:
is it something you feel you have the real need to do ?

Naw, was just kidding around. XFX does a fine job of tweaking the Black series cards before they ever leave the factory. It's pretty damn fine the way it is, but it will be gone tomorrow, I just gave it away.

Even though you were kidding around ,Look above you ! And check out the Additional Disclaimer RE: Bios Flash

We did Not have that before, and we do have that now. It was always my understanding from Dave that as long us members and HH were not to be $$$ liable for some folks burning or bricking there cards .

Having the info for the utilities etc and updated is likely to be a bit more relevant as others attempt to  'tweak' & 'eeek' a bit more out of the cards they have as BF3 gets closer.

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realneil replied on Wed, Sep 28 2011 9:04 PM

Everyone seems to think that tweaking their systems is gonna be required for this new BF3 game. But I was looking at the system requirements today and it will supposedly play on some fairly ~middle of the road~ boxes. So yeah, if you want to run it with everything turned way up to "Holy-Sheeat" mode then you'll need to upgrade.

Me, I'll try it out without buying new gear, and I'll turn it down if I have to.

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rrplay replied on Wed, Sep 28 2011 9:26 PM

realneil:

Everyone seems to think that tweaking their systems is gonna be required for this new BF3 game. But I was looking at the system requirements today and it will supposedly play on some fairly ~middle of the road~ boxes. So yeah, if you want to run it with everything turned way up to "Holy-Sheeat" mode then you'll need to upgrade.

Me, I'll try it out without buying new gear, and I'll turn it down if I have to.

Shared something like this yesterday or so in the HH Battfileld 3 thread.Is this what you were referring to Neil ?

84% Of Gamers Do Not Meet Recommended Spec for BF3

http://www.gamersnexus.net/news-pc/612-players-dont-meet-bf3-recommended-spec

or were you reading something other .Appears the game engine allow this game to be played really pretty well on mid-range hardware and certainly nothing wrong with tweakin and eekin; out a few more FPS with what you have, especially if you have the headroom with stable clocks and temps.

by the way since we have the word monitor in this thread ...what screenSleep you got these days ?

 

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realneil replied on Wed, Sep 28 2011 10:03 PM

rrplay:
what screenSleep you got these days ?

Two 22"  (Acer & ViewSonic) and a 27" ASUS right now. I gave the two 21" Samsung SyncMasters to the wife for her office.

But I have most of the cash laid aside for another 27" ASUS soon. Possible that I'll have three 27's by New Years.

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AKwyn replied on Thu, Sep 29 2011 1:38 PM

rrplay:
by the way since we have the word monitor in this thread ...what screenSleep you got these days ?

Sony GDM-FW900 24" CRT monitor. This one is a serious oldie but it is a goodie, I mean what other CRT Widescreen can there be. I do fear that my monitor will one day fail and I won't have the resources to repair it .(seriously these things are getting rarer and rarer.)

 

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