Graphics Card voltage changes

spazbandicoot

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Hi there,

I've had an MSI 1050Ti 4GB OC Edition (Single fan) for a couple years now. I started overclocking it about 8-9 months ago.
This is the overclock in MSI Afterburner:

+100MHz Core
+1000MHz Memory


This runs stable at around 1911MHz Core (Peaking to 1934MHz at some times) and a max temp of 67.c. No artifacts in Games.

I'm not too great with voltages and stuff related to that, but when the card reaches 1934Mhz, the voltage peaks at 1100mV. Nothing in my eyes is wrong with this but my concern is that the voltage is never the same, only reaching 1100mV every few seconds for a brief time. When the voltage drops from 1100mV, the clock speed also falls to about 1863MHz. This causes a small framerate decrease.

In MSI Afterburner's properties, in the General tab, I have checked the boxes that say 'Unlock Voltage Control', 'Unlock Voltage Monitoring', and 'Force Constant Voltage'. The drop-down menu next to 'Unlock Voltage Control' is set to 'extended MSI'.

Sure the framerate drop shouldn't really be noticeable, but in Grand Theft Auto V, I play on the highest graphical settings that my PC can handle while keeping the framerate at 60 (v-sync on).
My PC can only handle 60fps when voltage and clock speeds peak.

What I'm looking for is a 'solution' to keep the voltage at the peak 1100MHz.

If it's normal for the card to change voltages (and there being no solution) please tell me.
I would love to know what can and can't be done for this card.

Thanks.

-Spaz
 

zebarjadi.raouf

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Hi, the card is not getting enough power. Max your power limit. If it doesn't fix it, try overclocking your core even more (keep it 10-20 below max), if you are at the limit, unlock your voltage from setting, increase it so it reaches 1.1 or more. If that doesn't work too, well, you're at the limit.

Now, from what I saw, your card is a mini version without power 6-pin connectors to draw more power for higher performance, in my opinion, that's the limiting reason. If it has and I have missed it, it could be your PSU. If both are wrong, it can mean unstable overclock. If all of them are wrong, the last thing I can think of is a outdated BIOS.
 

spazbandicoot

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The power limit is maxxed at 100 percent. I've seen cards that give the option to go higher (110 percent, 125 percent and so on.) but I don't think it's possible with my card.

Upping core clock speed by only a few MHz will cause most games to crash after a few minutes of gameplay.

PSU is Rosewill Capstone 1000w, owned it for under a year. So far, no errors in the past have been caused by PSU. How can I check for PSU issues?

Motherboard is ASRock Z97 Anniversary.
How do I check for BIOS updates and download them?

(there is a setting that is currently enabled in the BIOS: "Power down render unit when idle/not in use.".).
Should I disable that?

-Spaz
 

zebarjadi.raouf

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Your PSU should be fine. Unfortunately, you can't get more performance out of your GPU. As for updating your MB BIOS, it should be in the "Tool" tab. Check your BIOS version, then check for the latest one online, if there's a newer one, download and flash it (takes less than 5 minutes).

BTW, you could overclock the rest of your system if you haven't done so, like RAM. You could also fine-tune your game settings like setting texture to high or ultra and lowering anti-aliasing.

Consider buying better GPU (1060 6GB or better) when you can, your GPU is highly bottlenecking your system. If you find a great deal on a second-hand one, get it with warranty or 1-week test.
 

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