At 1/24/09 09:18 PM, PolishMatt wrote:
If you are going to do it on a EVGA that has a full model casting, you can severely damage the card by removing the casing to get to the heat sink.
EVGA provides full instructions for the removal of their heatsink and doesn't void the warranty unless you physically damage the HS or PCB.
There is already thermal paste there, they wouldn't be stupid enough to put a heat sink straight on a GPU. And GPUs don't get warm enough to actually hinder their performance unless you have a Rig for 10 grand and are able to OC it to a point where it needs more cooling.
I know they wouldn't, but the stock applications are usually horrible, and people I've talked to have sometimes seen 15 C drops under load after replacing the paste. My card seems to run hot so I may be one of those people. I own a single Gtx 280, but no, I don't have a 10 grand system, I built it for 1800.
They already released it and I got it. It's just a simple tool, there is a program called RivaTuner that does a even better job and it has been available for years now.
I actually didn't know that. :(
You obviously never done it so I will just warn you that it's hell a lot more complicated then OCing a CPU. There is the Core, Shader and Memory that you have simultaneously worry about. You should also get a copy of 3DMark06 to do a test on the new OC configuration every time you change it and look for artifacts in the video.
I know the basics, and I have OCed my gpu before, using EVGA's dumbed down Rivatool :D. Link shader to core, bring core up by ten, test, repeat until it artifacts. When it artifacts, draw it back 15 aaannnd stable. Unlinking the shader can then allow you to bring the core up a little more. Then apply the same to the memory.
It gets a little more complicated when you add the voltage tool, but as long as you know the safe limit on voltage, and can keep temperatures nice, you can get a huge overclock. It's times like this when LC seems so attractive.
OC it to a point where it needs more cooling.
I may have a refurbished 1600p monitor on the way, so I'm going to need everything I can get from this already massive GPU.
My only regret is that I got scared off by Rivatuner when I was still a junior overclocker. While I'm happy with the simplicity in EVGA's tool, I can't have the best of both worlds since the programs have a noted conflict with each other, and EVGA precision is a one time download.