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Video Card Overclocking
By: jkabaseball
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    2005-02-22

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  • Video Card Overclocking
  • Overclocking Nvidia
  • Overclocking ATI
  • Heat

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    You've heard of overclocking your CPU for improved performance, and probably done it already. But what about your video card? If you want to improve your system's performance while playing demanding games such as Doom, squeezing extra Mhz out of that card can help. Jkabaseball explains how to get started, and shows what overclocking can do for nVidia and ATI cards.

    I see many people asking how they can improve the gaming experience. I tell them that overclocking their video card can give them the improved performance they crave. Then they ask how to overclock their video card. So Iím writing this to help everyone that wants to learn how to overclock their video card.

    To become a master you must first know how and why overclocking works. When the cores of the card are made, they are run at a safe speed based on the quality yield of the cores. This isnít the fastest the core can go, but the speed the manufacturers feel safe to run it at without putting out too much heat. It's the same idea with memory. The company ships the card set for perhaps 75 percent of its maximum capability. Millions of users are happy that their new card kicks butt, but there are a few who arenít satisfied with this; they want to get that extra 25 percent out of the card. This is where overclocking comes into play.

    In this guide we will take a look into overclocking the video cards from Nvidia and ATI. There are a few different programs you could use to overclock the cards, but I will be using the easier ones. Weíll run through some of the more popular games and tests with the stock speeds and the speeds we get overclocked. The rest of the computer looks like this:

    • ABIT AI7
    • Intel Pentium 4 2.6c @ 3.5 GHz
    • Kingston HyperX (2 *512mb)
    • Samsung 7200 rpm 120GB SATA

    The cards:

    • ATI 9800
    • Nvidia 6800

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