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Do you recommend overclocking on a Powercolor 7950 boost?

Hi guys

Do you recommend overclocking on a Powercolor 7950 boost?

I know Powercolor is not the most established brand but I want to try it out using MSI afterburner (I've never done this before)

If I can, any major problems I should look out for?
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  1. Overclocking will cause more heat which will lead to a shorter lifespan. You'll probably need to up the voltages and add a better CPU cooler. If you go too far withe the overclocking you could toast your processor. Do a LOT of research before you try this.
  2. thx1138v2 said:
    Overclocking will cause more heat which will lead to a shorter lifespan. You'll probably need to up the voltages and add a better CPU cooler. If you go too far withe the overclocking you could toast your processor. Do a LOT of research before you try this.


    dude, he's talking about gpu overclock, then why you babbling about cpu cooler..? :D

    but yes..
    i would not suggest about graphic card overclocking..
    the result is not really worth, just a few fps addition, but it will lead to more heat, and shorten your gpu life dramatically..

    Powercolor usually use second class component quality for their graphic card. so usually their product cheaper than the other..overclock on it, well, it's not really wise option.
    Run in default condition, and your graphic card will be fine for next 2 year..

    But if you want to replace it for next 6 six months, well, then overclocking is a must..:D
  3. Is yours the one that only has a single fan? If so, I'd really recommend that you not overclock it. You'll spend a lot of time trying to get 3%-7% boost that you'll think it isn't worth it because of the temperature/overheating issues.

  4. Sorry, double post.
  5. With furmark I get 5- 10 extra fps. I have a ASUS 7870 dc2 cooling type so I'm not worried about the oc. Good brand and at 99% load my gpu max temp is 64degrees. With that said idk if I would being in your shoes. That 7970 is a beast as it is, if u get a stable oc going that you actually notice then keep it
  6. No reason not to get a little overclock what's the stock speeds on that
  7. Hey guys. No I have the double fan design. http://www.powercolor.com/Global/products_features.asp?id=425

    Currently clocked at 925 Mhz.

    I'm just doing this for experimentation really, I am happy with the performance.
  8. Really your only problem should be temps so what are you averaging under full load like say run valley 1.0 three times and see where your temps level off at. If you are around 63-68 you got room temp wise to overclock. If its in the 70's or higher I would not suggest overclocking. Also what's your memory speed on the card.
  9. Best answer
    If your currently at 925/1250 I would first bump up the memory to 1350 if you don't see any strange artifacts go for 1400. If 1400 is stable then start bumping the clock I would say 1025 should be your first try. This is all dependent on your temps being good. Some cards react different to temps my bro has problems with his 7970 lightning at 74 and above. The hd 7950 really does not like the clock above 1175.
  10. rRansom said:
    Is yours the one that only has a single fan? If so, I'd really recommend that you not overclock it. You'll spend a lot of time trying to get 3%-7% boost that you'll think it isn't worth it because of the temperature/overheating issues.



    why would they even produce a 7950 without at LEAST 2 fans?? ridiculous
  11. Beezy said:
    rRansom said:
    Is yours the one that only has a single fan? If so, I'd really recommend that you not overclock it. You'll spend a lot of time trying to get 3%-7% boost that you'll think it isn't worth it because of the temperature/overheating issues.



    why would they even produce a 7950 without at LEAST 2 fans?? ridiculous

    Because they can get a bigger profit margin that way. :D

    But yeah, that cooler sucks. Just imagine how small the heatsink is on that thing.
  12. coolcole01 said:
    If your currently at 925/1250 I would first bump up the memory to 1350 if you don't see any strange artifacts go for 1400. If 1400 is stable then start bumping the clock I would say 1025 should be your first try. This is all dependent on your temps being good. Some cards react different to temps my bro has problems with his 7970 lightning at 74 and above. The hd 7950 really does not like the clock above 1175.


    Yep. I'm at 925/1250, and judging by the lukewarm responses to overclocking, I'll probably only do it when I have problems with performance. Thanks for the help all :)
  13. Razor88 said:
    Hi guys

    Do you recommend overclocking on a Powercolor 7950 boost?

    I know Powercolor is not the most established brand but I want to try it out using MSI afterburner (I've never done this before)

    If I can, any major problems I should look out for?


    i have the same gpu, and it is happy to run overclocked (1000MHz on the gpu, vram at stock) and 10% undervolted using amd overdrive that comes with the appropriate catalyst driver for the card, and it's a beast

    you don't need to use afterburner unless you want to try harder

    the case is a well ventilated lian li, but unless you live in a hot environment, this card is not a problem - if it is the dual fan one like this

    i struggle to get the core above 60c gaming with the fan manually at 50% (and we're talking crysis 2 at pretty much max settings on a 1920x1200; cpu is a 2500k)

    have a play - you won't kill the thing, and i would confidently say there is headroom to spare on my settings if you want - at stock volts it is probably easily good to go at 1000MHz, given mine will do it with 10% less voltage

    as in all things non-stock, your mileage may vary, and you follow my lead at your own risk
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