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Factory OC GPU unstable. Should I leave it downclocked or replace it?

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December 27, 2013 12:54:05 AM

Hi as stated above. I have a Palit GTX 760 jetstream edition. Reference clock speed is 980mhz and the factory OC is 1071mhz. I've been crashing on several games like crysis 3,bf4, borderlands 2 and recently i tried underclocking it by 20mhz i.e to 1051mhz. and crysis and borderlands 2 did not crash a single time.

So the main question here is, should I replace it or is downclocking sufficient?

The thing is, I am honestly satisfied with anything from the reference speed of 980mhz onwards, so by downclocking it by just a bit, i am still satisfied (meaning i dont have to be anal about having 1071mhz as stated by the factory OC). However, my main concern is that, if this factory OC card is unstable at 1071mhz, does it mean that the gpu is 'fundamentally weak' ?

Meaning even if I downclock it, is the gpu still considered unstable?

If given a choice, I am satisfied with downclocked speeds and I'd rather choose not to go through with the hassle of trying to replace it. If it is stable as it is at downclocked speeds, I will keep it. But I would like some second opinions if this is a wise decision, or will I encounter problems further down in future, even with underclocked speeds?

Thank you for your kind attention!
a b K Overclocking
December 27, 2013 1:01:04 AM

You speak about this with the manufacturer of the card and they will tell u what to do.
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a b K Overclocking
December 27, 2013 1:02:44 AM

check the temperatures, gpu, case, etc. if the card overheats due to lack of airflow in your case even if you replace it it won't make any difference so you should keep your current card, improve on the case airflow.

if the card doesn't work with the factory oc properly in normal conditions then you should return it. it's the manufacturer at fault and you can/should get a better card. remember, you did pay for the factory oc and it is their responsability. giving you one that you need to dial back is wrong.
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December 27, 2013 1:06:36 AM

I wold up the voltage ill put money on it that you can get it to run stable at this frequency at a higher voltage.
What is the current voltage and also is the vram overclocked??
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December 27, 2013 1:11:33 AM

laviniuc said:
check the temperatures, gpu, case, etc. if the card overheats due to lack of airflow in your case even if you replace it it won't make any difference so you should keep your current card, improve on the case airflow.

if the card doesn't work with the factory oc properly in normal conditions then you should return it. it's the manufacturer at fault and you can/should get a better card. remember, you did pay for the factory oc and it is their responsability. giving you one that you need to dial back is wrong.


Thank you for the reply, regarding temperatures, before i downclocked my gpu, i was hitting 70-80degrees (which i understand is normal) and that was when there is a risk of crashing. However, after i downclocked it, even when i am running crysis 3 at 80 degrees , it did not crash. So i am preeetty sure it is not the temperature issue.

Regarding what u said about 'pay for factory oc and their responsibility' , I understand what u mean, but like i mentioned, if i am satisfied with downclocking it a bit, even if i do not get my full money's worth, i am still ok with it. I am more concerned if in the future whether there will be any problems for the gpu since it was unstable at 1071mhz.

However, if i can confirm that at lower clock speeds, the gpu will actually not have any problems, i am more than willing to keep it and save the trouble of replacing it.
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a b K Overclocking
December 27, 2013 1:14:04 AM

Since you payed more for the factory overclocked graphics card you have the right to get a stable gaming experience with that card. So I say instead of underclocking or overvoting the GPU as someone said here, you just RMA it.
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December 27, 2013 1:17:39 AM

hgr126 said:
laviniuc said:
check the temperatures, gpu, case, etc. if the card overheats due to lack of airflow in your case even if you replace it it won't make any difference so you should keep your current card, improve on the case airflow.

if the card doesn't work with the factory oc properly in normal conditions then you should return it. it's the manufacturer at fault and you can/should get a better card. remember, you did pay for the factory oc and it is their responsability. giving you one that you need to dial back is wrong.


Thank you for the reply, regarding temperatures, before i downclocked my gpu, i was hitting 70-80degrees (which i understand is normal) and that was when there is a risk of crashing. However, after i downclocked it, even when i am running crysis 3 at 80 degrees , it did not crash. So i am preeetty sure it is not the temperature issue.

Regarding what u said about 'pay for factory oc and their responsibility' , I understand what u mean, but like i mentioned, if i am satisfied with downclocking it a bit, even if i do not get my full money's worth, i am still ok with it. I am more concerned if in the future whether there will be any problems for the gpu since it was unstable at 1071mhz.

However, if i can confirm that at lower clock speeds, the gpu will actually not have any problems, i am more than willing to keep it and save the trouble of replacing it.


You should download precision x put a more aggressive fan curve on it to get the temp down. Then crank the voltage up a bit. I have both of mine running at 1150mh at +.13v with an aggressive fan curve and they don't go over 65 c . I am 100% sure you can get this to run at stock clocks with just a little work.
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December 27, 2013 1:32:26 AM

Jessepog said:
hgr126 said:
laviniuc said:
check the temperatures, gpu, case, etc. if the card overheats due to lack of airflow in your case even if you replace it it won't make any difference so you should keep your current card, improve on the case airflow.

if the card doesn't work with the factory oc properly in normal conditions then you should return it. it's the manufacturer at fault and you can/should get a better card. remember, you did pay for the factory oc and it is their responsability. giving you one that you need to dial back is wrong.


Thank you for the reply, regarding temperatures, before i downclocked my gpu, i was hitting 70-80degrees (which i understand is normal) and that was when there is a risk of crashing. However, after i downclocked it, even when i am running crysis 3 at 80 degrees , it did not crash. So i am preeetty sure it is not the temperature issue.

Regarding what u said about 'pay for factory oc and their responsibility' , I understand what u mean, but like i mentioned, if i am satisfied with downclocking it a bit, even if i do not get my full money's worth, i am still ok with it. I am more concerned if in the future whether there will be any problems for the gpu since it was unstable at 1071mhz.

However, if i can confirm that at lower clock speeds, the gpu will actually not have any problems, i am more than willing to keep it and save the trouble of replacing it.


You should download precision x put a more aggressive fan curve on it to get the temp down. Then crank the voltage up a bit. I have both of mine running at 1150mh at +.13v with an aggressive fan curve and they don't go over 65 c . I am 100% sure you can get this to run at stock clocks with just a little work.


hi there, thank you for the replies.

I would like to first state that i am not a gpu enthusiast that is comfortable with adjusting many of the settings of the hardwares. I am more worried about the lifespan of a gpu if i were to adjust the settings here and there, such as voltage and stuff. =/

In any case, you mean that if I were to crank up my fan profile, it might work for 1071mhz (factory OC speeds)?
But like i mentioned, after i downclocked it, it ran stable even at 80 degrees, so I am quite sure it is not the temperature issue (someone can correct me if i am wrong, i am just assuming). But i will still change the profile abit.

I would just like to know if downclocking my factory OC will cause anything harmful to my gpu? such as reduce lifespan etc etc. or if it can instead increase the lifespan, that will be even better! :)  Because like i said, I am not too anal about having to require a 1071mhz for what i paid.

I am just worried that if it is unstable at 1071mhz, is the gpu fundamentally flawed? Or if i downclock it, will it have a 'normal' lifespan like any other gpu? If so, I am honestly fine with it since afterall, i payed the extra more for the 'ventilation' system that the manufacturer provided, as compared to the reference card which looked very bad in dissipating heat. (yea this might sound stupid, but yea)

Thanks!
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December 27, 2013 1:43:45 AM

It would most likely live longer down clocked. But in my opinion you wold have to be crazy not to ring its neck. Get the best out of it while you can. This gpu will be obsolete in 2 years how long do you want it to live for? Another thing too. Your gpu is likely to live longer if you keep it cooler tho this gpu is designed to take up to like 85c 95c it will definitely live longer if you keep it cooler than that. I like my gpu's to stay below 70c 75c.
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December 27, 2013 1:49:16 AM

Oh an by the way the reference cooler is absolutely awesome like i said ive got mine overclocked ,over voted and she still runs very cool and due to its blower design it doesn't disperse the heat inside my case heating other components like your cooler will.
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December 27, 2013 1:55:11 AM

Jessepog said:
It would most likely live longer down clocked. But in my opinion you wold have to be crazy not to ring its neck. Get the best out of it while you can. This gpu will be obsolete in 2 years how long do you want it to live for? Another thing too. Your gpu is likely to live longer if you keep it cooler tho this gpu is designed to take up to like 85c 95c it will definitely live longer if you keep it cooler than that. I like my gpu's to stay below 70c 75c.


thanks for your reply :) 

May i know what is ur fan profile like? Right now i changed it to 60% to 60 degrees and then i steepened the slope to 90% at 80 degrees.

And also, will increasing fan profile speeds reduce the lifespan of the fan or whatsoever?
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December 27, 2013 2:11:02 AM

hgr126 said:
Jessepog said:
It would most likely live longer down clocked. But in my opinion you wold have to be crazy not to ring its neck. Get the best out of it while you can. This gpu will be obsolete in 2 years how long do you want it to live for? Another thing too. Your gpu is likely to live longer if you keep it cooler tho this gpu is designed to take up to like 85c 95c it will definitely live longer if you keep it cooler than that. I like my gpu's to stay below 70c 75c.


thanks for your reply :) 

May i know what is ur fan profile like? Right now i changed it to 60% to 60 degrees and then i steepened the slope to 90% at 80 degrees.

And also, will increasing fan profile speeds reduce the lifespan of the fan or whatsoever?


Im guessing yes it will reduce lifespan of the fans but the card wont out live the fans anyways the expected life span of a reference 780 fan is about 12 years

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December 27, 2013 2:15:39 AM

I have my fans cranked pretty hard 100% @ 65c and 50% @ 30c it is a bit loud but not bad at all considering i only turn on precision x when i play a game so i cant hear the fans with my headset cranking.
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