Questions on overclocking???

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I am using EVGA precision to overclock my xfx 9600gt graphics card. I'm just using a stock cooler for now, for a slight overclock but in a few days I am planning on getting the "coolermaster coolviva pro" ( if anyone has any suggestions on the cooler go for it). I've looked on quite a few threads but there are some questions they can't answer. There's a few so I'll just make a list.


1. What is the best stability testing software for my gpu. I've heard of prime95 and orthos but can't find out if they're only for the cpu or both (3dmark06 is too big a download for my liking).

2. Does EVGA precision up the voltage automatically or is that something that I have to do manauly. If so, how do I do it?

3. If you're graphics card is unstable and you play a game for 10 minutes or so (don't ask :( ) could that by any chance damage the system?

4. Lastly, if there are any experiences or.......advice that you could give it would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.
 
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1. You can use Furmark 1.6.5, from Ozone3D.net. Let the program run, check the screen for artifacts. I would use this with 3Dmark06. Sure it's a long download, but once you get it, burn it to CD, that way you have it on hand, should you ever need it again.

2. EVGA precision won't increase the voltage. You'll have to use Nibitor, modify the BIOS to increase the voltage. Reflash your video with the modified BIOS.

3. No, it won't damage the system, more likely corrupt your OS from BSOD, but it could damage your video card also, if you run it well beyond what it is capable of.

4. My advice: A 9600GT is not worth buying a $30 cooler for. Save the money for a GTS250 or even GTX260.

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1. You can use Furmark 1.6.5, from Ozone3D.net. Let the program run, check the screen for artifacts. I would use this with 3Dmark06. Sure it's a long download, but once you get it, burn it to CD, that way you have it on hand, should you ever need it again.

2. EVGA precision won't increase the voltage. You'll have to use Nibitor, modify the BIOS to increase the voltage. Reflash your video with the modified BIOS.

3. No, it won't damage the system, more likely corrupt your OS from BSOD, but it could damage your video card also, if you run it well beyond what it is capable of.

4. My advice: A 9600GT is not worth buying a $30 cooler for. Save the money for a GTS250 or even GTX260.
 
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Ok thanks, so you think I should use something like the coolviva g1 maybe.

You'll have to use Nibitor, modify the BIOS to increase the voltage.

I'm a little confused did you mean, use Nibitor AND modify the BIOS or, use Nibitor OR modify the BIOS.
 

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Thanks for the help. I ran furmark for 3 hours after overclocking my 9600gt (650/1625/800) to 680/1700/850 and everything seemed fine :bounce: . I haven't used Nibitor yet until I get a new cooler. I think I'll go ahead and get the coolviva pro as it is one of the only heatsinks avialable in my area that wrks with the 9600gt.