I am inexperienced at overclocking but have read up on some tutorial, those specifically aimed at overclocking this card. Overclocking appears to be more of an art rather than a science, as there is no fixed amount of overclocking capabilities, more like trial and error, for each situation is different. Anyway, i want to overclock my 8600GT to get a little more performance out of it because i like playing games in native 1680x1050 resolution and it is very taxing on the GPU, especially at higher settings.
I am using this Tom's Hardware article to help me overclock.
He mentions that the stock standard setting for an 8600gt card should be 540/700 - core and memory, respectively. "If you have a non-factory overclocked 8600 GT graphics card the frequencies should read 540MHz for the core and 700MHz (1400MHz DDR) for the memory."
However, after i installed the Nvidia overclocking utility it states that my current default GPU clock settings are 540/400mhz!!!
Either my card is seriously crap and underpowered or maybe it is intentionally underclocked(but i am clueless as why a manufacturer would want to do that). Would that fact that i have the 1gig memory 8600gt make any difference on these default clock settings? My card is an "XpertVision 1gig 8600gt". If anyone could provide some advice or help i would appreciate as i don't want to commence overclocking until i find out why my clock settings for my memory are so low!