I have a AMD II X3 445 and a XFX GEFORCE GT240 GDDR5
What tools can I use to OC my GT240? and whats is the highes OC it can take without breaking the 69 watt limit? PS i THINK, its 69watt
Also what can I use to benchmark my GPU/CPU to see how much of a performace boost I get?
last thing (lol) is my CPU bootlenecking the GPU?, and while playing games how can I put my graphics card run at full speed all the time, because it clocks to slower speeds while not doing anything (or shall I keep it normal?)
OCing will increase the power consumption. 69W or whatever it is is the max power usage at stock... so it WILL go up above that.
3DMark benchmarks are great. You could do FurMark as a stability test and a benchmark to compare your OC settings. For CPU benching again 3DMark has a CPU suite, but also there's a bunch of calculation tests like LinX and SuperPI.
CPU shouldn't be much of a bottleneck but you could certainly gain some performance by OCing it.
Thanks for the reply, so MSI afterburenr for GT240.
And while OC'ing the GPU, because the GT240 does not have a dedicated 6 pn power connector, if I OC it over the max' Wattage of the PCIE slot which I thing is 75W, what will happen?, will my PC be damged?
Also the power saving mode for my GPU/CPU, shall I use that? or switch it off?
70C is ok. You can certainly increase fan speed, default is like 35%.
Yes technically it does, just doesn't help for PhysX. The GPU usage is always pretty low, some games around 50%. Only once did I see it really get taxed, in Mafia 2 during a huge explosion so my FPS dropped there but otherwise it hasn't been a holdup. Aside from that, it's the 3rd GPU in my P55 board, so it's only on a 4x PCIe 1 lane which means low bandwidth, and it can't actually go over 82% usage due to this limitation so OCing hardly does anything for me.
Yeah that's because it's a pretty low-mid card so it can't really handle PhysX + rendering. I have two 5850s for the rendering muscle, and my GT 240 is ONLY doing PhysX... In real PhysX games you'll at best get away with it set to "Low".
As for whether you should or shouldn't OC, it's all up to you. If you're happy with the framerates and game settings you use, then no. If you want to gain around 5 to maybe 10 fps, then yes.
Or just do it for fun. That's why I did it, initially.
Umm... well CPU usually results in constant FPS of like 5 because PhysX is made for extreme parallel processing which you get from CUDA on the GPU. So... well, if it works on CPU then do that, but I think you're just going to have to pass on PhysX until you can get a more powerful GPU.