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Windows 7: Ati Catalyst Overdrive question...

23 Mar 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
Ati Catalyst Overdrive question...

Hey folks,

I am thinking of overclocking my Palit Radeon HD3850 to get a bit more omph out of it for some games I am looking forward to (SHIFT 2, Portal 2 and Guild Wars 2 to be precise). I should be fine with GW2 as ArenaNet is notoriously good at making their games run on older hardware so the most people can play. I should meet the minimum requirements fir SHIFT2 and Portal 2 (maybe even beat them SLIIIIGGGHHHTTTLLLY) but overclocking my card would give me just a little bit more power. As I've had bad experiences with overclocking in the past with this system, I didn't want to go too hardcore, so I was thinking of just trying Catalyst's built-in software autotune feature.

My issue is, I usually use MSCONFIG to prevent Catalyst from starting on login....I don't use any advanced settings or anything, so leaving it on to me is a waste of (yes, albiet small) memory. From what I've read, because Catalyst is software, I've read that this means the card settings are reset to default on restart and then Catalyst re-adjusts them on login. Does this mean that I would have to leave Catalyst running all the time?

The other idea was, if Catalyst is resetting the GPU settings to the auto-tune settings on every restart from default....does anybody know if it actually CATALYST doing it? Or does Catalyst put a permanent registry entry in Windows that does it, meaning Catalyst would not be needed?


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