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November 21, 2013 12:16:52 PM

Ok, so here is what Im thinking...

As of right now my GPU is OC to 1165mhz and the mem clock is 1550mhz
The temps only get up to like 120F so like 55C I think on full load..(my room is cold XD)

and so I wanted to really get all the OC I can out of this card, I was wondering if I could get a watercooling block for it, but without it all being custom loop or whatever..

I really dont wanna pay out the as* for a whole watercooling system when all I wanna do is cool one component... perhaps even looking into OCing my RAM if I was to go custom loop..
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November 21, 2013 12:20:41 PM

at 55c on full load, the heat isn't the issue and watercooling it won't matter at all. see how much you can overclock first and see what temps you get. if your room is that cold, and thats your underload temp, you will hit voltage limits or limits of the chip first i think.
November 21, 2013 12:22:23 PM

getochkn said:
at 55c on full load, the heat isn't the issue and watercooling it won't matter at all. see how much you can overclock first and see what temps you get. if your room is that cold, and thats your underload temp, you will hit voltage limits or limits of the chip first i think.


Yeah but even if i turn up my voltage in GPU Overdrive in the catalyst software or whatever the highest i can go is what i am at now... and I really wanna get a lot out of my GPU.. I mean otherwise I just get a freaking display driver restored error or whatever, even though I can handle more heat, the GPU just wont clock any higher
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November 21, 2013 5:16:39 PM
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What you have described is the limits of the chip, it just cant handle a higher voltage/clock speed, regardless of how cool it runs. Water wont help you here.
November 21, 2013 6:46:03 PM

manofchalk said:
What you have described is the limits of the chip, it just cant handle a higher voltage/clock speed, regardless of how cool it runs. Water wont help you here.


O, well thanks for sharing..

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November 21, 2013 7:21:04 PM

flamehead269 said:
getochkn said:
at 55c on full load, the heat isn't the issue and watercooling it won't matter at all. see how much you can overclock first and see what temps you get. if your room is that cold, and thats your underload temp, you will hit voltage limits or limits of the chip first i think.


Yeah but even if i turn up my voltage in GPU Overdrive in the catalyst software or whatever the highest i can go is what i am at now... and I really wanna get a lot out of my GPU.. I mean otherwise I just get a freaking display driver restored error or whatever, even though I can handle more heat, the GPU just wont clock any higher


a bios flash will fix that. my gigabyte card was voltage locked, so i flashed the ghz bios and got it to 1.24v, still cant clock much past 1100mhz without it crashing though. there is an asus bios floating around that works on most cards that allows up to 1.5v, but thats getting dangerous, i would just be happy with the clocks you have, fine for any game currently at 1080p. for the cost of a watercooling setup etc for maybe another 100mhz with some more voltage, your better off just waiting till you can upgrade to a 290x or something. personally im bypassing the 290's until next gen gpu's come out, they are too hot, loud and power hungry.
November 21, 2013 8:36:09 PM

iam2thecrowe said:
flamehead269 said:
getochkn said:
at 55c on full load, the heat isn't the issue and watercooling it won't matter at all. see how much you can overclock first and see what temps you get. if your room is that cold, and thats your underload temp, you will hit voltage limits or limits of the chip first i think.


Yeah but even if i turn up my voltage in GPU Overdrive in the catalyst software or whatever the highest i can go is what i am at now... and I really wanna get a lot out of my GPU.. I mean otherwise I just get a freaking display driver restored error or whatever, even though I can handle more heat, the GPU just wont clock any higher


a bios flash will fix that. my gigabyte card was voltage locked, so i flashed the ghz bios and got it to 1.24v, still cant clock much past 1100mhz without it crashing though. there is an asus bios floating around that works on most cards that allows up to 1.5v, but thats getting dangerous, i would just be happy with the clocks you have, fine for any game currently at 1080p. for the cost of a watercooling setup etc for maybe another 100mhz with some more voltage, your better off just waiting till you can upgrade to a 290x or something. personally im bypassing the 290's until next gen gpu's come out, they are too hot, loud and power hungry.


Yeah me too, Im waiting for the grand prize, not the prize.. XD I hope were not disappointed..
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