How do most people use thier cards when they are overclocked? I am seriously looking at a MSI 5770 Hawk. Do people overclock thier cards simply for benchmarking and then dial them back down for heavy gaming use? How long can one expect a card to last when its been overclocked?
They overclocked the 5770 Hawk some and stated it was stable.... will this significantly affect life expectancy? I am somewhat gun shy on this because I own a sapphire 4850 that is still functioning but is physically curved a little bit. The card did run for a while on a CCC auto-tune with no artifacts shown. It has an aftermarket zalman heat sync and passive memory heat syncs as well. If I am to buy a 5770 Hawk and give it a 5% overclock I want it to last. This post is all over the place. I thank you in advance for your answers.
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If you overclock it and it then run something like Furmark on it, without artifacts, it's safe for gaming use. Overclocking, as long as you don't go overboard, shouldn't hurt the card.