i am new when it comes to overclocking, but i have managed a 3.5ghz stable o/c with my i7 920 and now i was thinking on o/cing my graphics card a little.I own an asus gtx 295, the regular version not the TOP one(top comes with a 10% OC by default and a lil different cooling)i was wondering if it would be safe to give it a +10% OC for 24/7 use without affecting its longevity.I should mention that my case has pretty good airflow and that the card idles at 43-44c* and can reach 70-75c on really demanding games.
I have already installed NVIDIA System Tools, i would go for riva tuner but i hear that the project has been discontinued and is as of now 'outdated'.So, when i say a 10% OC should i just grab my calculator and give Graphics Clock, Memory Clock and processor clock a raw 10%?will result in:
Haven't tried these numbers yet, but it sounds about right.. provided that OCing a graphics card is 'that' simple.
Nvidia tools looks ok, but i find the options kinda limited/consufing... i tried adding some policies regarding the fan control(wanted it to run at 30% when idle)so i added 'when temp is lower than XX > run at 30%' and then 'when temp is higher than XX run at automatic' it does lower to 30% when idle but when i launch a game and the temps rise - the fan stays on manual & 30%.
Another minor question would be: is it wise to totally downclock the GPU when the PC is idling?In order to save power and/or extend the life of me poor card. :")
That will be all, too many questions - hopefully someone will read all this and give me a hand.
I uninstalled system tools after all, what a crappy program it was.. but i found out about EVGA Precision, which is also made by Unwinder(rivatuner & afterburner creator)it is by far the most user friendly program i've used and it doesn't lock out non-EVGA cards.
So my only question that remains about my 295 is wether or not a 10% OC is 'safe', and if it should be done like i said.. which is adding +10% on each value.