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07-30-2012, 11:39 PM
I am sharing one article of how to overclock graphics card. Click here (http://www.pcworld.com/article/250644/how_to_overclock_your_graphics_card.html) to read more.
07-31-2012, 04:23 AM
There have been specific warning from MS (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/07/02/microsoft_research_pc_hardware_crashes/)to not overclock Win 8 RP.
07-31-2012, 05:31 AM
That article is from The Register (a British IT forum well known for it's anti Windows 8 posts). The Register references a paper from Microsoft which was first published in April 2011. That MS paper does not mention Windows 8 at all.
The Register are using the Microsoft article to make a snide comment about the unhelpful Blue Screen of Death in Windows 8.
Their point is that if your hardware is overclocked and crashes, and you are running Windows 8, you will see the new and very unhelpful screen. Neither The Register or Microsoft say you should not overlcock Windows 8
By the way, nobody overlcocks Windows 8, we overclock the hardware.
I don't understand why this forum should be so anti overclocking. My games rig runs Windows 8 in dual boot perfectly well on overclocked hardware.
07-31-2012, 05:47 AM
Good for you. I am glad it works for you. And I have read and heard of many other that have burned up their CPUs by overclocking. The general consensus is that Win 8 RP is still a beta OS, and as such is not complete. Why would you chance harming your H/W while using an unfinished beta OS.
From a different article (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2901987/posts)the original quoted article, here is an excerpt:
"Based on some Microsoft research, though, it seems you could be seeing more of the Windows 8 BSOD if you buy a PC from an OEM who's fiddled with the chip to make it go that little bit faster. Also, beware the temptation to buy a PC from an unrecognized PC maker.
A Microsoft Research report, published in April 2011 but only just coughed to the top of the web ahead of the Windows 8 launch, has found that overclocked CPUs are substantially more likely to make a Windows PC crash than chips left untouched. The message: pick your PC wisely and resist home-brew fiddling."
Bottom line is overclock at your own risk, especially with a beta OS. Making overclocking sound easy is going to cause many overclock newbies to ruin their H/W.
07-31-2012, 06:03 AM
OK, I'll tone it down.
There has been no warning from Microsoft not to overclock Windows 8. The rest of my earlier post explains why some people think there has been.
Your second referenced article is actually an aggregated feed from the same The Register article and changes nothing about why The Register wrote what they did. They don't like Windows 8 and they are making snide comments to try twist people to their point of view. Their article was very poor reporting in my opinion.
Overclocking is a hobby that many of us enjoy. We push our hardware to the limit, and some of us push it beyond the limit. In 99% cases our rigs are homebrew. That's part of the enjoyment of the chase to see who can build better or faster. If it means we get through a CPU or PSU or RAM stick now and then so be it. You can't make an omlette without breaking some eggs.
Overclocking our rigs is at our own risk and you are right to warn of the dangers, but saying MS against it is a bit misleading and falls into the lap of The Register.
07-31-2012, 06:10 AM
The problem with that is many people reading these forums have no idea the risks involved with overclocking, and will blithely go ahead with this endeavor only to end up with a dead PC, and no resources to fix it.
Yes we are conservative in our comments because of all the novices that read these forums. Yes we issue many warnings to those same readers, mainly in how and why and where to install Win 8, but on other things as well, including overclocking.
I am happy your setup works well with overclocking, but to minimize the pitfalls and risks is doing an injustice to others, especially those that have purchased from OEM resellers that do not fill their PC's with high end H/W, which I would assume you have done.
In most cases overclocking can be a dangerous hobby to H/W!
07-31-2012, 09:07 PM
My opinion of overclocking is this, as long as the one who is doing it is fully aware of the risks involved, is knowledgeable of how to go about it & can eat the loss when something blows, that's fine. Do it, it's no skin off my backside.
But it does concern me that rookies at this thing are reading these articles & thinks it's all right to dive in head first to OK'ing. This is serious & costly thinking. Some of these users will be inspired enough to try it on less than stellar hardware, like a integrated GPU, or a low cost, low quality CPU, just because other members has done it, & doesn't have the cash to replace the fried hardware.
Just because everyone else jumps off a bridge, doesn't mean that I will, & I won't. If my computers doesn't meet my needs w/o OK'ing, I don't need them, I need something with more muscle under the hood.
08-01-2012, 03:58 AM
As I alluded to, most avid overclockers have self built H/W with selected components. This is VERY different from the OEM H/W that most of our readers use.
And like Cat states, most of our readers are not in a position to "If it means we get through a CPU or PSU or RAM stick now and then so be it. You can't make an omelet without breaking some eggs." This gets very Expensive and is beyond the means of many of our readers, hence the cautions pertaining to overclocking!
08-02-2012, 10:20 PM
This sort of reminds me of when I was younger, very young, way before home computers were mainstream, if they existed at all. High performance cars/trucks was many teen's hobby. Prior to marrying & settling down, I took many chances with a second truck that I had, installing high lift cams, high rise intakes, headers & other modifications to get every last bit of performance that I could. I also had Holley fuel injection long before it became the norm. It was costly, but fun & rewarding.
And yes, I did break a few eggs along the way, normally a transmission/rear end part, where I was putting too much stress on it. Snapped many a drive shaft.
But my car to get me to & from work, no I didn't take chances with that one. I played, but was responsible also.
Different game, same principle. If one is going to take up the art of overclocking, it's best to have an additional computer running in OEM (or stable) form, except simple upgrades like RAM & HDD's. As well as extra cash on hand, as this, just like my prior hobby, can get expensive fast. There were times when my truck was in the backyard for months at a time, mainly because I pushed it way beyond it's limits. At that time, back in the early 80's, the average worker done good to bring home $200 weekly.
Though I didn't feel this way at the time, by far, the best thing that happened to me at that time was I came home from work one morning & my truck was gone. Stolen. At first, I thought a prank had been played on me, but soon realized that it really was gone. Several souped up cars & trucks in the local area was stolen. My playing days were over.
I'm not anti-overclocking, in fact I strongly believe in freedom, for everyone to do or participate in what one chooses, as long as the only one who loses is the one participating. That person should have a separate computer for daily use.
And beginners should have a knowledgeable/very experienced friend to turn to in time of need, because there's a lot to this deal. As well as have extra cash to play with. Parts breaks from stress. So does nerves, these type of activities can become frustrating. This is where the friend come in, to guide the less experienced user (or newbie) to this.
To wrap this up, one can have the same good time with computers as I did with my truck, but this sort of activity isn't a free one to take up. Have fun.
08-20-2012, 09:17 AM
GPU's as well as CPU's are built to run at a given speed. Their cooling fans are also sized to deal with the heat they generate, while running at design speeds.
Over clock any processor and you increase the amount of heat it will generate and the amount of power it will consume. The cooling system for that processor must be increased in size to deal with the added heat, or the processor will sit there and cremate itself. Maybe not on day one, but eventually.
Is it really worth it?
08-20-2012, 07:31 PM
It's not worth it to me, because good hardware costs money. I know, because when I want something now, I have to save for it, usually $25 to $50 per month. Being that I'm not working, I don't have the cash to play with anymore. Took me 4 months just to get a SSD, over a year to get my last notebook in the spring of 2011. Several has told be that I could "turn up the ponies" on that GT425M (1GB) & i5 that runs at 2.66 GHz (2.90 w/Turbo Boost). That I could get 3.5GHz out of it "safely". Needless to say, I'd never accept advice from these ones again.
No way would I do this, or even consider it. I have roughly $1,000 in the notebook, after a RAM & SSD upgrade, & as I mentioned above, it took a year & a half to pay for it, counting the upgrades. It's plenty powerful enough for what I do with it, which is why I bought one with a decent CPU & discrete GPU, I was thinking of future needs & longevity.
I'm currently saving towards my next PC, I know what I want under the hood, & that's what I'll get, it'll take roughly three years to have the cash for it. Then I won't have to overclock in order to gain what, a few milliseconds on a game? Not that I play them anyway.
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