Ok thank you guys. yea i did the ccc oc'n but i saw no diffrence in the ffxiv benchmark test or the 3dmark06 test, 17700ish and about the same with maxed ccc. same results with the ffxiv benchmark still getting 3700ish on high. dont know anything about bios not sure if i wanna do all that stuff messing with voltage just thought after dropping $450 on a 5870 that i would be scoring higher. i did have a 460gtx but jumped up to a 5870 scored 1k more on the 1080p ffxiv bench but doesnt seem as good as some others with 955's and 965's unclocked, unless my o/s isnt utilizing that 4th gig of ddr3 which would make a big difference? any ideas? Thanks
Your card should be factory clocked at 850Mhz core and 1200Mhz memory, try using Afterburner and give it 900Mhz core and leave the memory alone (for now). http://event.msi.com/vga/afterburner/download.htm
Also create some sort of fan curve (highly recommended) to keep temps low and sound tolerable.http://i683.photobucket.com/albums/vv199/OvrClkr/Afterburner_curve.png
Later on you can keep raising the clocks in increments (5mhz at a time) till it freezes/artifacts, then back off a bit and you should be good. Don't let the GPU hit 80c, the fan curve should keep it at around 65/70c at the most. You should be able to get at least 900/1225 on stock voltage.