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Overclocking GTX260 SP216

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April 2, 2010 7:45:47 AM

hello everyone, i recently bought an Asus GTX260, 216 processing cores, and i wondering, what the average overclocks are.
my highest is 700/1400/1150 with 105mhz for pcie

if you guys managed to get higher, how did you do it?
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April 2, 2010 4:07:41 PM

I used NTUNE from Nvidia.

XFX brand - model GX260XADJF GeForce GTX 260 Core Edition Core 216 at 750 Mhz core 1160 Mhz memory bus 1617 Mhz Shader

3DMark Score 18250
SM 2.0 Score 8508
SM 3.0 Score 9011
CPU Score 3754

http://service.futuremark.com/compare?3dm06=10825084


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April 2, 2010 10:06:42 PM

I use EVGA Precision (Edited: was NV's best overclocking tool IMO :D  )

I currently have my 260 @ 765/1535/1260 @ 1.187v and temps never reach 65c while running Kumbustor stability test.

To the OP, leave your PCI-E bus at 100, you will not achieve anything by raising that value.
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April 3, 2010 9:47:10 PM

^+1 for Precision. And yes, most people max out at ~740-750 Core.
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April 3, 2010 9:58:44 PM

Was Precision, now its Afterburner =)

I was able to get a over a 20%+ overclock by raising the volts.



Precision is good but i find Afterburner to be superior due to the voltage adjustment and the Fan Profile option.





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April 3, 2010 10:04:40 PM

Shadow703793 said:
^+1 for Precision. And yes, most people max out at ~740-750 Core.


check it out :

http://event.msi.com/vga/afterburner/
April 4, 2010 5:38:12 AM

wow, i cant get it that high. my max is about 710, i cant get it any higher, + for some reason, you cant raise the volts for my card. apparently its not supported. but eeryone else can?
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April 4, 2010 6:34:04 AM

yes you can raise the voltage, you need to unlink it.





Make sure you guys read the "DISCLAIMER" =)

DONT GO OVER 750 CORE CLOCK OR YOU MIGHT CAUSE SEVERE DAMAGE!!

ANYTHING OVER 1.2V is AT YOUR OWN RISK!
April 4, 2010 8:38:38 AM

nop, its ticked but it doesnt work. when i try to use GPUTool it says my GPU isnt supported. ive ticked it

btw, i dont really like kombustor, i can have like 720/1450/1200 stable there for AGES on max settings, but in games, i would randomly crash. any ideas?
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April 4, 2010 8:42:33 AM

How do you know it is stable??

Kombustor is the same as Furmark but better.

If you cannot get it to unlock then send in for a ticket on MSI's support page.

April 4, 2010 8:50:31 AM

i dont think its MSI's fault, its probably mine

i know its stable cause there are no artifacts running for about 30 minutes +
GPu load is at max and i used msi's fan profile thing, load temp is about 68 degrees
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April 4, 2010 7:55:28 PM

Shadow703793 said:
Tried it a few hours ago. No luck on pushing more out of the 4870.


When did you buy the 4870? Link?
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April 4, 2010 8:39:51 PM

Shadow703793 said:
I believe it is t this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...
I got it a long while back, a moth or two after release IIRC.


Have you checked to see if there is a Bios update for that specific 4870?


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April 4, 2010 9:26:59 PM

OvrClkr said:
Have you checked to see if there is a Bios update for that specific 4870?

Nope. Will do.

One more thing: when I mentioned "No luck on pushing more out of the 4870" I meant in comparison to EVGA Precision/ATITool.
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April 4, 2010 10:03:24 PM

Shadow703793 said:
Nope. Will do.

One more thing: when I mentioned "No luck on pushing more out of the 4870" I meant in comparison to EVGA Precision/ATITool.


So in other words you were not able to adjust the voltage correct?
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April 4, 2010 11:45:33 PM

^Yup.
April 5, 2010 6:45:11 AM

I CANT CHANGE THE VOLTAGE ON MY CARD D: DONT SEE ANYONE HELPING ME D: :( 
ahah lol jks
btw, how do i update the bios for my graphics card?
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April 5, 2010 3:28:15 PM

Shadow703793 said:
^Yup.


Well that is just odd, I have a 9800GTX/GTS 250/GTX 260 and all 3 are able to adjust the voltage yet we have a few users have their voltage option locked.

The only thing I found in google was a user stating that if your GPU Bios is outdated it will not let you unlock the voltage option. All my cards have the stock Bios so Im really not sure what the issue is.
April 5, 2010 4:34:27 PM

i believe my bios is outdated.

i however, will not be increasing the voltages just yet, i ordered the new artic cooling accelero xtreme gtx. hopefully that cooling would allow me to get to maybe 1.2v safely?

what are some clocks i should be expecting with like 1.18v ( stock cooling)
and 1.2v (artic cooling)
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April 5, 2010 4:55:34 PM

xkillahmindx said:
i believe my bios is outdated.

i however, will not be increasing the voltages just yet, i ordered the new artic cooling accelero xtreme gtx. hopefully that cooling would allow me to get to maybe 1.2v safely?

what are some clocks i should be expecting with like 1.18v ( stock cooling)
and 1.2v (artic cooling)


Im not sure, I went from stock 1.24v to 1.87v and did not see a jump in temps unless I used Kombustor stability test. 65c was as hot as it would get with the fan at 70%. In games it never goes past 55c @ 60% fan speed, ambient temps were in the 31/32c arena..
April 5, 2010 9:18:13 PM

Is MSI Afterburner compatible with other card manufacturers as long as the nVidia architecture is supported? (e.g. will it work with a BFG GTX 260?)

Also, as soon as I go over 650/1400/1200 the nVidia display driver crashes after a few seconds-minutes ingame. Could this be because of insufficient voltage or did I get a bum card?
April 5, 2010 9:54:55 PM

Nevermind...from what I've read you can't use software to up the voltage on the 55nm cards (which is what I have). I just don't understand why it crashes so easily when its barely breaking 50C under load....
April 6, 2010 12:18:26 AM

yeah deep sky, i got the same problem as you. 55nm card. well. i cant get my clocks any higher than 710/1450/1200.

im hoping for something like. 750/1600/1300 with my new cooler if possible
April 6, 2010 1:58:09 AM

xkillahmindx said:
yeah deep sky, i got the same problem as you. 55nm card. well. i cant get my clocks any higher than 710/1450/1200.

im hoping for something like. 750/1600/1300 with my new cooler if possible


I dunno if a new cooler is going to help though. My temps don't get high at all; 60C under load with my highest OC.

I played around with my clocks for about 4 hours tonight and it seems that the shader clock is the driver crashing culprit. Here were my results with 3dMark06:

648 / 1140 / 1134 = 13640 Marks
648 / 1440 / 1215 = 13708 Marks
675 / 1440 / 1215 = 13797 Marks
720 / 1440 / 1215 = 13922 Marks
720 / 1458 / 1215 = Driver Failure
702 / 1404 / 1215 = 13931 Marks

As soon as I go over 1458 on the shader clock I'm immediately screwed. As you can see lowering both the shader and core clocks rendered the same result as having the clocks slightly higher.

I'm pretty comfortable with my score of 13931. Is that score pretty standard with a Core 2 Duo/4gb ram?
April 6, 2010 2:18:09 AM

yeah. i guess 55nm's dont oc as well as 65nm's

im current overseas atm, but in this case, im going to try 710/1450/1200 to make sure thats 100% stable, if not, ill lower to what you have deepsky,

kind of expected a better overclock with the gtx260 55nm's
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