I'm looking for a good overclockable MX video card. I like to tweak a lot and play a few games from time to time. I'd prefer a card without a fan so I could attach a better fan than the OEM. Also, I dont care for the dual output cards since I'm only using my monitor. I realize there is a lot of luck involved as well. Any tips would help!!
Your best bet is probably Guillemot's 3D prophet II MX (retail version). It comes with a little higher quality RAM than most at 5.5 ns running at (initially ) 183 MHz. Most of the OEMs run at 166. The gpu runs at 175 and has a passive heatsink on it. I'm running at 195(gpu)/190 with no problem at all, and I'm probably leaning on the safe side, I know other people have taken it higher without doing anything to the card. I personally want to get heatsinks on the memory and a fan on the gpu to take it higher. There is an excellent article at: http://www.anandtech.com/showdoc.html?i=1268
with more info and specs on overclocking MXs, and another one at: http://www.sharkyextreme.com/hardware/reviews/video/her...
with info on this card in particular.
HTH, good luck!
I would second on that one. The Herc doesn't seem to overclock very well at all. I've seen cards with std memory that performes better than their 5.5ns memory.
Now. The Gainward Cardexpert Golden Sample. Now that's an overclockable card. It's got Elite 5.5ns memory. I have mine at 215/250 core/mem.
Yes I did apply some additional cooling on both RAM and core, but I've also read it's possible to reach those speeds without extra cooling.
Here's a link. It's german, but you'll get the point. http://www.chip.de/PC2D/PC2DB/PC2DBA/pc2dba.htm?id=667
I have prophet II mx, and I like it. I got the retail version with the faster ram, an have it oc'd to 215/215. I threw a fan off my 486 dx 40 on the heatsink. I'm probably going to drop the ram down a notch though, I'm getting nervous having it run that fast w/o a heatsink.
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