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Overclocking a GeForce XFX 8500Gt

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a b K Overclocking
January 21, 2008 1:58:34 AM

Well many may not know me, but i've bought a Geforce 8500Gt from Xfx 2 months ago. I started off playing basic games that does not take much from my graphic card and went on to games such as Crysis and Company of Heroes Opposing Fronts. It gives me slow Fps and its clumpy. My Graphic cards temperature is around 65-70 C stable. The card has a black heat sinker which im pretty mad at. I've noticed that inside the installation CD is hidden a OC registry and was wondering if i should overclock it or not. My computer is a Dell Dimension 4700. 3.2Ghz, 160GB HD, 3070 RAM running on Windows Vista Ultimate. 305W power supply.




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January 21, 2008 2:00:16 AM

OCing the card won't give you a lot of performance.

You're better off getting a new card, like the HD3850.
a b K Overclocking
January 21, 2008 2:02:25 AM

Well a little performance is better than none at all. Im just scared if i overclock it will turn into melting point or something because ive read a topic about it, not sure if it was on Graphic cards...
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January 21, 2008 2:03:04 AM

trihedral said:
Well a little performance is better than none at all. Im just scared if i overclock it will turn into melting point or something because ive read a topic about it, not sure if it was on Graphic cards...


If it's at 70C I wouldn't bother.
a b K Overclocking
January 21, 2008 2:04:53 AM

Yup, cause it doesn't have a fan, curses...
January 21, 2008 2:05:41 AM

Since it's passively cooled, either improvise a better cooler or just leave it alone.
a b K Overclocking
January 21, 2008 2:07:23 AM

Well im soon to have a cooler installed that would bring it down to maybe 40-50ish C. So once its installed should it be pretty safe to OC it?
January 21, 2008 2:09:41 AM

trihedral said:
Well im soon to have a cooler installed that would bring it down to maybe 40-50ish C. So once its installed should it be pretty safe to OC it?


Yea sure.. I will be honest and say the cooler was a waste of money. You aren't ever going to see good frame rates in Crysis with that card. It is just not going to happen.

Save and invest in something like an 8800 GT, 9600 GT (out soon), or HD3850.
January 21, 2008 2:10:00 AM

trihedral said:
Well im soon to have a cooler installed that would bring it down to maybe 40-50ish C. So once its installed should it be pretty safe to OC it?

As long as you keep your eye on the temps, OC away.

I recommend using Rivatuner to OC and to monitor your 8500GT
a b K Overclocking
January 21, 2008 2:22:38 AM

Well right now im monitoring my 8500Gt with NVIDIA Monitor. For Overclocking should i use the one on the Installation CD they gave me to add it into my registry or Rivatuner?
January 21, 2008 2:27:34 AM

trihedral said:
Well right now im monitoring my 8500Gt with NVIDIA Monitor. For Overclocking should i use the one on the Installation CD they gave me to add it into my registry or Rivatuner?

I prefer Rivatuner. You can go decide yourself.
a b K Overclocking
January 21, 2008 2:29:25 AM

Where can i get this you call "Rivatuner"?
a b K Overclocking
January 21, 2008 2:39:14 AM

All right thanks.
January 21, 2008 3:02:19 PM

Seriously, OCing that card will be good practice but it won't be worth a damn at your current level of gaming. Get a 8800GT or HD3870, or if you have a lowish-res screen or are very tight on budget, at LEAST a 8800GS or HD3850. Everything below is pretty useless at this point, even a 7600GT or 8600GTS will suck in Crysis...
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