Gtx 670 overclocking problems

MY COMPUTER
Case
HAF 912
PSU
850W corsair enthusiast series
GPU
GTX 670 MSI lighting edition(1241[in game using msi afterburner counter]/3500)
CPU
FX-8120(4.7Ghz)
MOBO
Gigabyte GA-970a-UD3
RAM
2x4GB 1333mhz
DVD Driver
Regular drive
HDD
Caviar Black 1TB
Heatsink
Hyper212+

My system or my gpu can only go +65 with the core clock and +500 with memory before the drivers fail, I have never had any artifacts or anything like that so i'm very confused... I hear people can do much better,

Thank you in advance :D
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  1. Performance varies from card to card, each one is different and unique as I'm sure you know. For a gtx670 thats not too bad, you did well on the memory. Try increasing your power slider to the max, and make sure you temperatures stay under 70C as at that temperature the card throttle's down by 13mhz (thats how they designed the 670).

    Hope this helps!
  2. shouldnt i get artifacts when it is overclocking too high though?
  3. If you overclock the gpu too high in most cases you will just crash, either getting a driver error or something like "device disconnected." If you push the memory too high, then it is common to get artifacts. However you may reach instability before that happens. The gtx670 is limited to 1.175v, however I believe the msi power edition has unlocked voltage in the second BIOS, I am not 100% sure however.
  4. hmm will that lower my cards life? the overvoltage
  5. Overvolting typically lowers your card's life, especially if temperature is not kept under control (below 70-80 C).
  6. Yes, it would however if you keep the voltage and temperatures under control you should be fine. However if you don't need the performance that badly then you might want to leave the voltage at stock. Overvolting the gtx600's series is not too common. It is either done by having a card like yours which supports it, or through a BIOS mod.
  7. yeah, its overvolted all the way in msi after burner how long do you think my card will last with it like this?
  8. If its 1.175v then its on stock. I believe to overvolt your card you'd first have to set the second BIOS on it.
  9. Whats the voltage?
  10. how do i check my volts? also I heard i should update the bios for it im running off the
    80.04.31.00.46(P2004-0005)
    ^ i dont know if this means anything
  11. If you don't already have it, download GPU-z. Then open it up and it should tell you everything you need to know. It should tell you the voltage you are running at. Also flashing the BIOS could be useful if MSI has released any major updates (ie. for adjusting voltage). You can check on their website to see if there is anything newer. But before you upgrade the BIOS make sure you know what you're doing.
  12. I found the latest BIOS for your card:
    http://us.msi.com/product/vga/N670-PE-2GD5-OC.html#/?div=BIOS

    They say it improves compatibility with different motherboards, but they don't mention anything else significant, so for now I would leave it how it is.
  13. After looking around a bit, I found out that apparently gpuz will not display voltages over 1.175v for your card. Download the latest version of MSI afterburner and that should show you your voltage and allow you to adjust it past the stock 1.175v limit.

    Hope this helps!
  14. Core: 1325Mhz / Mem: 3557MHz (stable in heaven) thumb.gif
    If I increase the core offset, I can reach about 1350MHz on core in 3dmark 11 but heaven crashes some times. (I didn't do it for those tests)

    In AB:
    Core Voltage: +0mV
    Power Limit: 114% (Max)
    Core Clock: +97Mhz (I'll tweak that higher later if I can)
    Memory Clock: +550Mhz

    All my tests passed under 62°c (~59 average)
  15. By the way take a look at this thread:

    http://www.overclock.net/t/1289575/msi-670-pe-does-not-have-a-voltage-increase

    There seems to be some confusion out there.
  16. bigcyco1 said:
    Core: 1325Mhz / Mem: 3557MHz (stable in heaven) thumb.gif
    If I increase the core offset, I can reach about 1350MHz on core in 3dmark 11 but heaven crashes some times. (I didn't do it for those tests)

    In AB:
    Core Voltage: +0mV
    Power Limit: 114% (Max)
    Core Clock: +97Mhz (I'll tweak that higher later if I can)
    Memory Clock: +550Mhz

    All my tests passed under 62°c (~59 average)

    what bios are you using... I got that from you from the other post but I cant find the post now :lol:
  17. im am extremely confused about what just happened... i would love to get mine up t 1418!
  18. do you think i should get my card replaced and hope for better luck?
  19. PanicMaster85 said:
    do you think i should get my card replaced and hope for better luck?

    you shouldn't send your card back unless it is broken
  20. well its choppy under 50 so I think it may be
  21. It's pretty much not possible you should be able to get at least 55 FPS on ultra settings with the GTX 670. Try to type "Gametime.maxvariablefps XX" into the console (open by pushing the ~ button on your keyboard), XX being your desired frame rate cap.
  22. Texture quality: High
    Shadow quality: Med
    Effects quality: Med
    Mesh quality: High
    Terrain quality: High
    Terrain decoration: High
    Anti-aliasing (deferred): Off
    Anti-aliasing (post): High
    Motion Blur: off
    Anisotropic filtering: 8x
    Ambient occlusion: Off
    Try these settings in BF3 when you can tell me what you get going to find out once and for all if it's your cpu.
  23. OK, is there anyway to benchmark it?
  24. Battlefield has a built in FPS reading output.

    You can turn it on by first pressing the tilda key ' ~ ' (top left of most English keyboards - to the left of the '1') and then type "render.drawfps true"

    You can then turn it off by changing the true to false
    I will assume that you have FRAPS(if not you can get the free version from FRAPS.com;the main difference between the full and the demo AFAIK is that in the demo you can record videos of upto 30 seconds at a time)/

    Run FRAPS before starting BF3
    Load a section of a mission that is graphics intensive(plenty of smoke,destruction,enemies and explosions).
    Press F11 or whatever the hotkey you have set for benchmark.
    Play your normal game while FRAPS benchmarks for <insert time here>. Press F11 again to stop benchmark. The min, max and average FPS will be stored in a spreadsheet file.
    Repeat this to get an average min,max and average.

    Note: Make sure you have the MinMaxAvg dialog ticked under benchmark settings.For legit Benchmarking, this article and links provided within it may interest you.
    http://pcformat.techradar.com/2012/02/06/overclocking-everything/
  25. what mission would you recommend? I was going to run a 64player game on golf of oman
  26. Battlefield 3 Single player - Operation Swordbreaker

    To test in this preview we loaded up the first mission in the single player portion of the game which is "Operation Swordbreaker." We played the first 10 minutes of this mission and recorded our framerate with FRAPS. A lot of visual effects actually take place during just these first 10 minutes, including close ups of characters, outdoor environments, explosions, and battle sequences.

    http://www.hardocp.com/article/2011/10/25/battlefield_3_preview_performance/1
  27. OK ill do that but here is it in a 64 player golf of oman
    http://imageshack.us/v_images.php

    ill do the operation swordbreaker

    I cant record though :/ any other suggestions besides screenshots?
  28. your link doesn't work for me and no fresh out suggestions
  29. Cool it worked not to bad try it with these settings tell me what you think Texture quality: High
    Shadow quality:Medium
    Effects quality: Medium
    Mesh quality: Medium
    Terrain quality: High
    Terrain decoration: High
    Anti-aliasing (deferred): Off
    Anti-aliasing (post): High
    Motion Blur: off
    Anisotropic filtering: 8x
    Ambient occlusion: Off
  30. OK well I just did it with the other settings... here are the screenshots on the campaign
    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/197/bf32012111219471609.jpg/

    i died a lot :/ had it on hard on accident
  31. Just try gaming for a bit with those settings tell me later if your getting better fps if not it's your cpu or card
  32. between ultra and those settings?
  33. yes between ultra and those settings i see about a 14fps jump... this really pisses me off i just wasted a lot of money on a gpu that does not give me what is said it does :(
  34. Yeah i can understand that i would be pissed as well. I hope you have your cpu overclocked when your testing.
  35. yeah it is... god damn this is weird what do you think? do you think it is the cpu? also what about crysis it is easier to run than bf3 but im getting lower fps in it :/ that makes me want to beat my computer :rage:
  36. No i do worse in crysis
  37. :( thats quite dissapointing... so one other thing that really makes me worry, anything below 50(legit even 49-50 are a big difference) it gets pretty damn choppy, so it looks like its 30 do you think thats the card, the cpu, or what?
  38. Revert to stock settings, run 3d mark and Heaven benchmark tests. Compare your results to other stock 670s. If they match your card is fine. Make sure you have the latest drivers installed before doing this.
  39. wow :D never though of that il check back
  40. o.k. so i reset my overclock test crysis 2 stock card settings MIN 40.99 fps MAX 72.6fps Average 52.67fps
  41. PanicMaster85 said:
    wow :D never though of that il check back
    It's magic shhhh... ;)
  42. ok so on stock with my gtx 670 msi power edition i got 1153
  43. mine oc dropped below 40 easy... its weird the worst part was when i was looking at boxes :/
  44. PanicMaster85 said:
    mine oc dropped below 40 easy... its weird the worst part was when i was looking at boxes :/
    :ouch: Not good go back to your org bios
  45. CPU i5-2500k @ stock MSI 670 PE @ Stock Heaven 3.0 FPS 48.2 Scores 1175 Min FPS 22.1 MAX FPS 124.7
  46. what do you mean? yeah its really starting to scare me, also note that heaven is not cpu intensive and i have my gpu at 99% usage the entire time but in games its different
  47. I know that i was just listing how the test was run for you as far as your card only thing i could think is it's your CPU if not you just did not a card from a good batch..
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