It's me again. This time I was bored out of my mind, so I decided to figure out if I could overclock my graphics card. XFX Geforce 9600GSO.
I did a bit of searching and I came across some forums with some guy advising people to use this program called atitool. Apparently it overclocks the gpu and memory, and watches the temperature. It seemed cool so i went to try it..
I did not understand how it worked though.. So I decided to click on Find Max Core.
Basically it opened up Fur Mark, and began to do something.. which i didnt know.. until I started to see artifacts on the image, then I knew it was testing to see how high it could go before it became unstable, seemed simple. But then it froze, and I tried to click abort but it was frozen. I turned off the computer, turned it back on, but it did not boot. Stayed at the bios screen. Turned it off. Waited 5 minutes, and tried again (have had this happen before when it crashed), and it booted up fine.
I then re-opened the program and got this message
So it became unstable at 700mhz, which is higher than my default speed which is 580mhz.. Now knowing that, would it be safe to set it to around 700mhz or a little lower than that? And if so how would I go about doing that with this program?
Also what about overclocking the memory? what will that do for me, and do I overclock it the same way I would do the core clock?
Sorry for my overall lack of knowledge in this area. I never intended to overclock anything, not even my cpu, but I thought it would be neat to try this with my graphics card.
Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0Ghz
4gb OCZ Performance Memory
XFX Geforce 9600 GSO 768mb
Power Up! 550W PSU
(Edit) Ok guys I figured out how to actually apply the clock change, and so, I clock the core clock to 700mhz, (698.50) and opened furmark, or 3d mark or whatever for 5 minutes and watched the temperature, and slowly but surely for 5 minutes it increased, until it reached 70 C where it seemed to have stayed, I dont know if it would go any higher given the time, but is 70 C stable for gaming? And if so, what kind of performance increase is 700mhz over the default which was 580mhz going to make for my games?
Also, about the memory clock, is it safe to overclock the memory? and what kind of temperatures are acceptable for my card?