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Should i bother to OC my GTX 780?

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June 7, 2014 6:18:55 PM

I just bought a 780 FTW edition a few days back and the card is amazing.
I got the EVGA gtx 780 FTW edition which i am being told is made specifically for being fast out of the box but also for extreme Overclocking?
What i wanted to ask is IF i did oc this gpu
what will the big pluses be?
I know it is safe to overclock these but i am just wondering if it even pays to invest the time?
I get good FPS with it stock speeds(1088 mgz)
like say i am seeing 60 fps stock what would it go to with a pretty high oc? Ps, This particular 780 has what is called a dual bios,thanks

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a b K Overclocking
June 7, 2014 6:25:51 PM

well... in 1080p it should already be enough gpu to max anything and everything you throw at it. not sure what you want more out of it. Overclocking it can get you another 10% or so performance, but if everything is already maxed... i doubt you'll notice it. Now if you had 3 1080p monitors, yes you'll see a nice boost in performance from overclocking.
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June 7, 2014 6:26:59 PM

ingtar33 said:
well... in 1080p it should already be enough gpu to max anything and everything you throw at it. not sure what you want more out of it. Overclocking it can get you another 10% or so performance, but if everything is already maxed... i doubt you'll notice it. Now if you had 3 1080p monitors, yes you'll see a nice boost in performance from overclocking.

yeah kind of thought that but just wanted to ask, one guy said i bought a enthusiast model and should have got the regular 780 but the FTW one was the same price and had faster clocks from the factory, so in essence it is already OC'ed right?

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June 7, 2014 6:28:33 PM

If your monitor's Refresh Rate is 60hz, then you won't see any difference beyond 60FPS.

Now if you have a 120+hz monitor, it may be beneficial. However, just as ingtar33 said, you probably won't notice much of a difference. I'd only recommend it if you're closer to 30fps, and the game is borderline playable - to get that extra boost in FPS.
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June 7, 2014 6:29:42 PM

To your response, yes, it is already OC'd - by comparison to the base model.
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a b K Overclocking
June 7, 2014 6:30:28 PM

1) Matters ONLY if you want a higher frame rate, or slightly higher quality at the same frame rate.

2) NOISE will increase.

Example:
You use VSYNC (recommend Adaptive VSync for most games) so you are synched at 60FPS however you keep dropping below 60FPS. An overclock will help maintain 60FPS.

Other:
I never push the limit, especially if noise is a big factor. I may do a mild overclock but that's up to you.
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June 7, 2014 11:03:52 PM

photonboy said:
1) Matters ONLY if you want a higher frame rate, or slightly higher quality at the same frame rate.

2) NOISE will increase.

Example:
You use VSYNC (recommend Adaptive VSync for most games) so you are synched at 60FPS however you keep dropping below 60FPS. An overclock will help maintain 60FPS.

Other:
I never push the limit, especially if noise is a big factor. I may do a mild overclock but that's up to you.


yes thats what i would like to stay at 60 more than i do. i will do a mild OC on it.
how does 150 on the core and 100 push on the memory sound? I use MSI afterburner for my on screen display and i honestly do not know what i mild Oc would be.
Right now my card is at 1088 mhz clock speed stock and i would love to see the card hit 1150 or 1200.
I believe those are considered as mild clocks compared to some?
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a b K Overclocking
June 8, 2014 7:08:46 AM

I can't really comment on your overclock numbers, just go ahead and try it. Maybe find a guide if you want.

*I think you should concentrate more on tweaking the quality settings properly. Some settings can make a huge difference for a minor visual change. I have a GTX770 and play every single game at 60FPS with some minor drops in some games.

Games that I had to very carefully tweak, while using FRAPS include:
- Crysis 3
- Metro 2033/LL
- Far Cry 3

Far Cry 3 is a weird one and has a few issues:
- may want to NOT use the extra anti-aliasing as the impact is huge and frankly I found the anti-aliasing already applied pretty good.

- VSYNC and GPU buffers can cause problem if set too high. Use 1 or 2 (check for stutter)

- I use 1920x1080, but the resolution kept defaulting to 2560x1440 (still said 1920x1080 in the settings). I have to change the resolution every time to another one and back to 1920x1080 on the initial game start.

- Ambient Occlusion - there are THREE difference choices and two of them cause an annoying black "glow" around people. Use the only one that works.

METRO:
Some of the settings can be crazy demanding so experiment. The benchmarks are in a folder and they help get started but are no substitute for in-game tw eaking.

Crysis 3:
Game looks great at mostly 60FPS/1080p on my GTX680. It's easy to drop way below that but I don't the visual benefit is that high.
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