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Windows 7: NVIDIA GPU Overclocking



NVIDIA GPU Overclocking

How to Overclock a NVIDIA GPU
Published by Dude
11 May 2014
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How to Overclock a NVIDIA GPU


information   Information
Overclocking is not for everyone, when used in a safe manner it can allow better performance from your current GPU.

Take your time. Going in increments can prevent damage.

warning   Warning
Overclocking can destroy your GPU if overdone. Do so at your own risk. As overclocking increases temps, make sure to monitor them to keep them at a safe level.



Here's How:

1. Make sure your NVIDIA drivers are up to date.
Latest NVIDIA ForceWare Video Drivers Windows 7

2. Get the software of your choice to monitor temps. Here a are a few good ones below.
GPU-z

Speccy
3. Decide which software you want to use to get more out of your GPU. There are many available, here are a few good ones below.
MSI Afterburner

Zotac Firestorm

EVGA Precision X

Asus GPU Tweak
4. For this tutorial, I will use Firestorm as an example. Go to the fan tab, and create a custom fan curve. Increase the fan speed enough to help maintain lower temps.
NVIDIA GPU Overclocking-fan-curve.png
5. Look at your settings. I enable voltage control to allow adding more if the card is not locked.
NVIDIA GPU Overclocking-settings.png
6. Go the clocks tab. Slide the Board Power Limit and Temperature Target to the highest setting.
NVIDIA GPU Overclocking-clocks.png
7. Here I start with the GPU Clock. You should increase this in 13 MHZ intervals. Go as high as you can running a benchmark to test.

Tip   Tip
You will know you have reached your limit when you get either artifacts or a driver has stopped responding message. At this point back it up an interval, then move to the next step


8. After you find a good GPU Clock setting, increase the Memory Clock. Here I start with 50Mhz setting, then fine tune.

Note   Note
These OC'd settings work for Heaven 4.0 with my hardware. If you choose to use a different benchmark tool, the card can handle different settings. Heaven 4.0 usually allows less overclocking than other benchmarks.
NVIDIA GPU Overclocking-heaven-oc-settings.png
9. Changing some settings in the Nvdia control panel will also help achieve better results. Go to Control panel, and choose NVDIA Control Panel.
Tip   Tip
The Nvidia control Panel changes work well for benchmarking. When gaming they should return back to default for a better gaming experience

NVIDIA GPU Overclocking-control-panel.png

I set mine as shown here

NVIDIA GPU Overclocking-ncp-1.png

NVIDIA GPU Overclocking-ncp-2.png
10. I use Unigine Heaven 4.0 with the preset extreme setting as shown below to benchmark for results.
NVIDIA GPU Overclocking-heaven-4.0.png

Heaven 4.0 Download

Here are the results showing a stock run, then a Overclocked run.

First at stock mode

NVIDIA GPU Overclocking-heaven.png

And here after Overclocking

NVIDIA GPU Overclocking-heaven-1179.png
12. Always watch your temps. Use the monitoring tab to view your temps and clocks, or if you prefer monitor using other software. (See step 2)
NVIDIA GPU Overclocking-monitoring.png

Each GPU will react different, so you will have to find the sweet spot for your card. After running some benchmarks, test it playing a game to see if it is still stable. Good luck!

When trying different settings you can also save profiles to remember them

NVIDIA GPU Overclocking-profiles.png
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11 May 2014   #1
ThrashZone

Win-7 Home Prem 64-bit 7601 Free SP1
 
 

Cool Dude,
First Image has a black "x" on it though
Cheers.


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11 May 2014   #2
Dude

Windows 8.1 Pro + Windows 10
 
 

Thanks. The Nvidia Driver one?
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11 May 2014   #3
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Looks good Doug, I think adding a link for something to monitor GPU temps would be in order.

This is a normal thread, are you going to copy it into the tut section?
http://www.sevenforums.com/newthread...newthread&f=12
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11 May 2014   #4
Dude

Windows 8.1 Pro + Windows 10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Looks good Doug, I think adding a link for something to monitor GPU temps would be in order.

This is a normal thread, are you going to copy it into the tut section?
http://www.sevenforums.com/newthread...newthread&f=12
Thanks Gary. I will add gpu temp monitoring links. When I get it cleaned up and ready I will ask to have it moved to the tut section.
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11 May 2014   #5
ThrashZone

Win-7 Home Prem 64-bit 7601 Free SP1
 
 

Hi,
Number 1 Make sure your drivers are up to date is missing,
I believe your limited on screen shots,
I think you can edit and re-add that first screen shot again ?
Please ask Brink
Otherwise awesome tut
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11 May 2014   #6
Dude

Windows 8.1 Pro + Windows 10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Hi,
Number 1 Make sure your drivers are up to date is missing,
I believe your limited on screen shots,
I think you can edit and re-add that first screen shot again ?
Please ask Brink
Otherwise awesome tut
Thanks for the input mate. I will ask him about that.
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11 May 2014   #7
Dude

Windows 8.1 Pro + Windows 10
 
 

Okay, I have it cleaned up with Brink's help. I will add some advanced options soon such as BIOS mods and tweaks.
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12 May 2014   #8
ganjiry

Win7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Looking good Doug, nice tut mate
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12 May 2014   #9
maxie

windows 7 home 64bit
 
 

Nice work Doug
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