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GTX 1070 Poor Overclocking?

I recently purchased and installed my new GPU (MSI GTX 1070 GAMING 8G) and after awhile of playing with it i decided i wanted to overclock it as I've heard that pascal cards can easily handle +200 on the core. After attempting to overclock it with +200 on the core it seems that i can't even handle down to +150, Am I doing something wrong? It shouldn't be a temperature as my card has yet to even surpass 73C in temps. I understand that not all cards can overclock the exact same but it seems mostly everyone was able to handle +200MHz on the core so why can i not even handle +150MHz? I am new to overclocking with Nvidia as before i recently had a Radeon R7 370. Please help me out with any knowledge/tips on achieving the highest overclock i can.
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  1. What's your power supply?

    What program are you using to overclock?

    Did you raise the power limit?

    What's the current temperature target?
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  2. weberdarren97 said:
    What's your power supply?

    What program are you using to overclock?

    Did you raise the power limit?

    What's the current temperature target?


    PSU: Corsair RM650

    MSI Afterburner

    Power Limit is maxed at 126

    Target temperature is maxed out at 92C
    Is there any way to combat the thermal throttle? it seems that as soon as my card enters the 68-70+ range the clock jumps down to higher 1000's.
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  3. Is there any way to combat the thermal throttling? Well, I don't think it's thermal throttling.

    Have you raised the voltage at all?

    Try adding .005V at a time until you either get a stable overclock or see a massive temperature increase.
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  4. weberdarren97 said:
    Is there any way to combat the thermal throttling? Well, I don't think it's thermal throttling.

    Have you raised the voltage at all?

    Try adding .005V at a time until you either get a stable overclock or see a massive temperature increase.


    OK then, Using FurMark to test my core clock it seems +140 was stable but when i test it in Unigine Valley it crashes after a few minutes in, Any suggestions?
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  5. weberdarren97 said:
    Is there any way to combat the thermal throttling? Well, I don't think it's thermal throttling.

    Have you raised the voltage at all?

    Try adding .005V at a time until you either get a stable overclock or see a massive temperature increase.


    .005 is safe enough and shouldn't cause me any damage right? just going in increments of that amount of course.
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    The 1070 and 1080 cards all overclock to the 2.0-2.1GHz range. I only had to go to +60MHz to reach 2012MHz on my Gigabyte G1 1070. This is because Nvidia boost 3.0 was already taking my card above 1950MHz on its own before I even overclocked it.

    My guess is that the reason your +150 and +200 overclocks aren't working is because your boost clocks were already working well like mine was. You can't add that much when it's already boosting to near 2GHz. It doesn't matter what card you have or how much voltage you try to add none of the cards have been able to go higher than Pascal's 2.0-2.1GHz max overclock.

    There is nothing wrong with your card. If you look at the advertised base and boost clocks you will see that you are going well above that. Overclocking just isn't as important with Pascal cards because Boost 3.0 works so well.

    One thing I should point out is that Boost 3.0 does not touch the memory clocks. This is the only reason I even bothered to manually overclock. I added +65MHz to bring me to 2012MHz on the core clock and +500MHz on the memory clock to bring it to 9GHz effective bandwidth without increasing my voltage at all. All I touched with regards to power was bumping my power limit up to 110%
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  7. king3pj said:
    The 1070 and 1080 cards all overclock to the 2.0-2.1GHz range. I only had to go to +60MHz to reach 2012MHz on my Gigabyte G1 1070. This is because Nvidia boost 3.0 was already taking my card above 1950MHz on its own before I even overclocked it.

    My guess is that the reason your +150 and +200 overclocks aren't working is because your boost clocks were already working well like mine was. You can't add that much when it's already boosting to near 2GHz. It doesn't matter what card you have or how much voltage you try to add none of the cards have been able to go higher than Pascal's 2.0-2.1GHz max overclock.

    There is nothing wrong with your card. If you look at the advertised base and boost clocks you will see that you are going well above that. Overclocking just isn't as important with Pascal cards because Boost 3.0 works so well.

    One thing I should point out is that Boost 3.0 does not touch the memory clocks. This is the only reason I even bothered to manually overclock. I added +65MHz to bring me to 2012MHz on the core clock and +500MHz on the memory clock to bring it to 9GHz effective bandwidth without increasing my voltage at all. All I touched with regards to power was bumping my power limit up to 110%


    Thanks for the information... I had actually forgotten about the GPU Boost magic on Nvidia cards... I've been using AMD for the past three years.

    I have an Nvidia card right now, but I'm happy with its out of the box performance and saw no need to overclock it. I don't even have any GPU overclocking utilities installed right now.

    Maybe I should catch up on the inner workings of these newer cards before I give bad advice...
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  8. king3pj said:
    The 1070 and 1080 cards all overclock to the 2.0-2.1GHz range. I only had to go to +60MHz to reach 2012MHz on my Gigabyte G1 1070. This is because Nvidia boost 3.0 was already taking my card above 1950MHz on its own before I even overclocked it.

    My guess is that the reason your +150 and +200 overclocks aren't working is because your boost clocks were already working well like mine was. You can't add that much when it's already boosting to near 2GHz. It doesn't matter what card you have or how much voltage you try to add none of the cards have been able to go higher than Pascal's 2.0-2.1GHz max overclock.

    There is nothing wrong with your card. If you look at the advertised base and boost clocks you will see that you are going well above that. Overclocking just isn't as important with Pascal cards because Boost 3.0 works so well.

    One thing I should point out is that Boost 3.0 does not touch the memory clocks. This is the only reason I even bothered to manually overclock. I added +65MHz to bring me to 2012MHz on the core clock and +500MHz on the memory clock to bring it to 9GHz effective bandwidth without increasing my voltage at all. All I touched with regards to power was bumping my power limit up to 110%


    Sorry for having no knowledge on this, I am coming from an old AMD card and still even then I'm no expert on overclocking. My card can effectively hit just barely over 2GHz i just thought maybe i could go higher.
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  9. 2000MHz seems to be the butter zone for Pascal...

    Some have gotten above 2100MHz, but those are on Founders Editions. We all know that the cores on Founders Edition cards are cherry picked by Nvidia.
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  10. A 200 Mhz overclock is based on a reference card, you need to take into account the factory overclock. For instance, I run a Gainward Phoenix GLH which has a factory overclock of about 160 Mhz base and 500 Mhz on the effective data transfer rate, giving me a total of 1873 boost and 8.5G combined. I run mine with 78Mhz increase and a GDRAM 253Mhz overclock. When GPU Boost 3 kicks in I manage a maximum of 2076Mhz in game, without I get around 2025Mhz. And a RAM speed of 9Ghz. On MSI Afterburner, I use a 70% voltage increase and all is very stable. I can manage a little more but it's more than enough for my needs and keeps things cool.
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  11. Doge762 said:
    I recently purchased and installed my new GPU (MSI GTX 1070 GAMING 8G) and after awhile of playing with it i decided i wanted to overclock it as I've heard that pascal cards can easily handle +200 on the core. After attempting to overclock it with +200 on the core it seems that i can't even handle down to +150, Am I doing something wrong? It shouldn't be a temperature as my card has yet to even surpass 73C in temps. I understand that not all cards can overclock the exact same but it seems mostly everyone was able to handle +200MHz on the core so why can i not even handle +150MHz? I am new to overclocking with Nvidia as before i recently had a Radeon R7 370. Please help me out with any knowledge/tips on achieving the highest overclock i can.


    king3pj said:
    The 1070 and 1080 cards all overclock to the 2.0-2.1GHz range. I only had to go to +60MHz to reach 2012MHz on my Gigabyte G1 1070. This is because Nvidia boost 3.0 was already taking my card above 1950MHz on its own before I even overclocked it.

    My guess is that the reason your +150 and +200 overclocks aren't working is because your boost clocks were already working well like mine was. You can't add that much when it's already boosting to near 2GHz. It doesn't matter what card you have or how much voltage you try to add none of the cards have been able to go higher than Pascal's 2.0-2.1GHz max overclock.

    There is nothing wrong with your card. If you look at the advertised base and boost clocks you will see that you are going well above that. Overclocking just isn't as important with Pascal cards because Boost 3.0 works so well.

    One thing I should point out is that Boost 3.0 does not touch the memory clocks. This is the only reason I even bothered to manually overclock. I added +65MHz to bring me to 2012MHz on the core clock and +500MHz on the memory clock to bring it to 9GHz effective bandwidth without increasing my voltage at all. All I touched with regards to power was bumping my power limit up to 110%



    I recently got a G1 gaming 1070 aswell. i managed to push it to 2136GHz whilst still being stable in heaven. however it has decided that it wants to stay at around 2100-2114GHz. i have a 500GHz clock on the memory and +70% on my voltage. all seems fine and temps don't often go above 60oc
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  12. Racey94 said:
    Doge762 said:
    I recently purchased and installed my new GPU (MSI GTX 1070 GAMING 8G) and after awhile of playing with it i decided i wanted to overclock it as I've heard that pascal cards can easily handle +200 on the core. After attempting to overclock it with +200 on the core it seems that i can't even handle down to +150, Am I doing something wrong? It shouldn't be a temperature as my card has yet to even surpass 73C in temps. I understand that not all cards can overclock the exact same but it seems mostly everyone was able to handle +200MHz on the core so why can i not even handle +150MHz? I am new to overclocking with Nvidia as before i recently had a Radeon R7 370. Please help me out with any knowledge/tips on achieving the highest overclock i can.


    king3pj said:
    The 1070 and 1080 cards all overclock to the 2.0-2.1GHz range. I only had to go to +60MHz to reach 2012MHz on my Gigabyte G1 1070. This is because Nvidia boost 3.0 was already taking my card above 1950MHz on its own before I even overclocked it.

    My guess is that the reason your +150 and +200 overclocks aren't working is because your boost clocks were already working well like mine was. You can't add that much when it's already boosting to near 2GHz. It doesn't matter what card you have or how much voltage you try to add none of the cards have been able to go higher than Pascal's 2.0-2.1GHz max overclock.

    There is nothing wrong with your card. If you look at the advertised base and boost clocks you will see that you are going well above that. Overclocking just isn't as important with Pascal cards because Boost 3.0 works so well.

    One thing I should point out is that Boost 3.0 does not touch the memory clocks. This is the only reason I even bothered to manually overclock. I added +65MHz to bring me to 2012MHz on the core clock and +500MHz on the memory clock to bring it to 9GHz effective bandwidth without increasing my voltage at all. All I touched with regards to power was bumping my power limit up to 110%



    I recently got a G1 gaming 1070 aswell. i managed to push it to 2136GHz whilst still being stable in heaven. however it has decided that it wants to stay at around 2100-2114GHz. i have a 500GHz clock on the memory and +70% on my voltage. all seems fine and temps don't often go above 60oc


    Yeah, I probably could have pushed my G1 1070 a little higher but I didn't tinker with it much to find it's limits. Once I saw that I was stable while benchmarking with the core clock above 2GHz and the memory clock increased by 500MHz I was satisfied and I left it alone.

    In reality I probably didn't need to overclock at all since Nvidia's boost was already putting my GPU in the 1950-1987MHz range depending on the game. Increasing that to 2012MHz isn't going to make much of a difference at all. The only reason I even overclocked at all is because Nvidia boost doesn't increase the memory clock. Since I was already overclocking the VRAM I decided I might as well join the 2GHz GPU club too.
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  13. king3pj said:
    Racey94 said:
    Doge762 said:
    I recently purchased and installed my new GPU (MSI GTX 1070 GAMING 8G) and after awhile of playing with it i decided i wanted to overclock it as I've heard that pascal cards can easily handle +200 on the core. After attempting to overclock it with +200 on the core it seems that i can't even handle down to +150, Am I doing something wrong? It shouldn't be a temperature as my card has yet to even surpass 73C in temps. I understand that not all cards can overclock the exact same but it seems mostly everyone was able to handle +200MHz on the core so why can i not even handle +150MHz? I am new to overclocking with Nvidia as before i recently had a Radeon R7 370. Please help me out with any knowledge/tips on achieving the highest overclock i can.


    king3pj said:
    The 1070 and 1080 cards all overclock to the 2.0-2.1GHz range. I only had to go to +60MHz to reach 2012MHz on my Gigabyte G1 1070. This is because Nvidia boost 3.0 was already taking my card above 1950MHz on its own before I even overclocked it.

    My guess is that the reason your +150 and +200 overclocks aren't working is because your boost clocks were already working well like mine was. You can't add that much when it's already boosting to near 2GHz. It doesn't matter what card you have or how much voltage you try to add none of the cards have been able to go higher than Pascal's 2.0-2.1GHz max overclock.

    There is nothing wrong with your card. If you look at the advertised base and boost clocks you will see that you are going well above that. Overclocking just isn't as important with Pascal cards because Boost 3.0 works so well.

    One thing I should point out is that Boost 3.0 does not touch the memory clocks. This is the only reason I even bothered to manually overclock. I added +65MHz to bring me to 2012MHz on the core clock and +500MHz on the memory clock to bring it to 9GHz effective bandwidth without increasing my voltage at all. All I touched with regards to power was bumping my power limit up to 110%



    I recently got a G1 gaming 1070 aswell. i managed to push it to 2136GHz whilst still being stable in heaven. however it has decided that it wants to stay at around 2100-2114GHz. i have a 500GHz clock on the memory and +70% on my voltage. all seems fine and temps don't often go above 60oc


    Yeah, I probably could have pushed my G1 1070 a little higher but I didn't tinker with it much to find it's limits. Once I saw that I was stable while benchmarking with the core clock above 2GHz and the memory clock increased by 500MHz I was satisfied and I left it alone.

    In reality I probably didn't need to overclock at all since Nvidia's boost was already putting my GPU in the 1950-1987MHz range depending on the game. Increasing that to 2012MHz isn't going to make much of a difference at all. The only reason I even overclocked at all is because Nvidia boost doesn't increase the memory clock. Since I was already overclocking the VRAM I decided I might as well join the 2GHz GPU club too.


    fair enough, i am new to overclocking myself so i thought i would have a bit of fiddle around with it. if im honest i havent really noticed that much of a difference. although i am still using a 720p 60hz monitor :( i think its time for a new one, however i undecided whether to go for a 1080p or a 1440p
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  14. Well i just boosted my 1070 g1 gaming to 2167mhz. No crashes after 40 min of benchmark.gpu temp is 57 when playing games. 40 when idle. I have a wery good ntxt supply 500wats.
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  15. Benjamin_74 said:
    Well i just boosted my 1070 g1 gaming to 2167mhz. No crashes after 40 min of benchmark.gpu temp is 57 when playing games. 40 when idle. I have a wery good ntxt supply 500wats.


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