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Overclocking 5970

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a b U Graphics card
July 13, 2010 5:32:20 PM

Hi all,

I have an XFX 5970 black edition that came with the XFX Overvolting tool which allows you to increase the GPU and memory voltage of the 5970, thus allowing you to increase the clocks in ATI's overdrive section.

I was just wondering if anyone had any experience with this, i heard that as it stands the 5970 is 2 underclocked 5870's that can be gotten back up to full speed but i was wondering what the correct voltages would be to do this? Currently my clocks are 725/1000, a full standard 5870 is 850/1200. Is this a feasable thing?

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a b U Graphics card
July 13, 2010 5:41:35 PM

Try it and find out. Just make sure that if you're overvolting you have enough power as it will use over 300 watts.
a b U Graphics card
July 13, 2010 5:42:36 PM

My PSU is a Corsair 850HX, is that ok?
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a b U Graphics card
July 13, 2010 8:15:40 PM

Griffolion said:
Hi all,

I have an XFX 5970 black edition that came with the XFX Overvolting tool which allows you to increase the GPU and memory voltage of the 5970, thus allowing you to increase the clocks in ATI's overdrive section.

I was just wondering if anyone had any experience with this, i heard that as it stands the 5970 is 2 underclocked 5870's that can be gotten back up to full speed but i was wondering what the correct voltages would be to do this? Currently my clocks are 725/1000, a full standard 5870 is 850/1200. Is this a feasable thing?


Hi I too have just taken delivery of the XFX HD 5970 Black edition. I was just wondering why you would want to overclock it as currently the performance is outrageous on todays games. I might overclock it in about 6 - 12 months when DX11 takes hold. I reckon you'll start seeing articles on the net about this failry soon.
a b U Graphics card
July 13, 2010 8:18:25 PM

Im a bit of a scaredy cat when it comes to overclocking, i only have my I5 at 2.8GHz with a Freezer 7 Pro Rev 2 because it did that automatically when i set my memory to XMP. But if its safe to do so i will try and squeeze a bit more out.
a b U Graphics card
July 13, 2010 8:34:40 PM

Griffolion said:
Im a bit of a scaredy cat when it comes to overclocking, i only have my I5 at 2.8GHz with a Freezer 7 Pro Rev 2 because it did that automatically when i set my memory to XMP. But if its safe to do so i will try and squeeze a bit more out.

Good luck,
I don't suppose you know where I can monitor the temps of the 5970, i'm new to ATi cards and only got it today. Well chuffed so far though!
a b U Graphics card
July 13, 2010 8:39:30 PM

GPU-Z

MSI Afterburner

Google these 2, both are good programs.
July 13, 2010 8:52:18 PM

theres really no reason to overclock this card at all.. it murders anything you throw at it.. but if your going to do it anyway.. always run the stability test on ati overdrive. thatll tell you if the clocks are good or not.. and even if their good.. monitor the temperature.you can do that on ati overdrive as well.. if its something your doing to figure out..kool.. but plese dont think that you have to overclock this card.. its already a beast!!!
a b U Graphics card
July 13, 2010 8:53:27 PM

I understand Jesman :)  but if it doesn't hurt to squeeze a bit more out then you may as well!
July 13, 2010 8:55:21 PM

im with ya 110% on that one :) 
a b U Graphics card
July 13, 2010 8:57:40 PM

Besides, 10.6 really hurt my performance on Bad Company 2, took my FPS down from average 80 to average 40! Hopefully 10.7 rectifies this but ive had to reduce settings to get it up to 60 average again, the horror!
July 13, 2010 9:08:55 PM

Griffolion said:
Besides, 10.6 really hurt my performance on Bad Company 2, took my FPS down from average 80 to average 40! Hopefully 10.7 rectifies this but ive had to reduce settings to get it up to 60 average again, the horror!


ya its a new card.. the drivers get screwy like that.. id bet money that the 10.7 drivers are going to take care of that and more..
a b U Graphics card
July 13, 2010 9:09:59 PM

I do hope so! Anyway, thanks for everyones help!
a b U Graphics card
a b K Overclocking
July 13, 2010 9:18:59 PM

Use the 10.4 drivers, I also play BC2 and I find them to be the most stable at the moment. I get over 80FPS with all setting maxed out including HBAO/xAA/xAF you name it. 10.5 and 10.6 make me lose FPS and the card will not down-clock properly at idle.

Use Afterburner if you want to monitor/tweak your GPU. It has all the goodies that you need.

Unlock the hardware monitor bar so you can see whats going on after a bench or game :




Enjoy =)
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