So do you like to play in your free time? Then you've probably invested a lot of your hard-earned money in your gaming PC to get maximum FPS in your favorite game. Perhaps the performance in the latest games is not quite sufficient for a consistently smooth display. After all, new games are full of new visual effects, hi-definition textures and the option to play in 4K resolution or on multiple monitors. The question arises as to how you can get even more out of your graphics cards in order to continue to enjoy smooth gameplay.
|The easiest, fastest and safest way to overclock an MSI graphics card is theMSI GAMING appto download. It has a predefined OC mode that gives your card an extra boost. With this method you get more performance with just one click without putting the hardware at risk. If you don't have a graphics card from the GAMING series or if you want to get even more out of your graphics card, you have to dig a little deeper into the overclocking bag of tricks.|| [caption id = "attachment_1342" align = "aligncenter" width = "428"]MSI Gaming App, a performance plus for the graphics card with just one click.[/ caption]|
Overclocking the Graphics Card - Before You Begin
You may have heard of overclocking or admired the incredible overclocking records of the OC specialists, who use liquid nitrogen to create particularly good cooling and thus high performance limits. Even if the successes speak a clear language, you should always be aware that this type of overclocking is at your own risk. If you increase the clock rates and / or the voltage, the graphics card heats up as a result. If you want to achieve more performance, you have to ensure sufficient cooling via the graphics card cooler. Not all graphics cards have a cooling solution that can withstand overclocking, so you should know what you're doing before you start overclocking.
Overclocking times table Before we go any further, here are some basics that can increase your chances of success. As you have just read, it is particularly important to keep the temperatures low during the tuning measures. Of course, no heat generating devices or heating devices should be placed nearby. Good ventilation with adequate airflow helps carry the heat generated by the components and keep temperatures down.
Is your graphics card suitable for overclocking?
In principle, it depends on the cooling system of your graphics card, whether it is air-cooled with one or more fans or water-cooled, can make a decisive difference. In order to measure and control the overclocking of your graphics card you will need benchmark software as well MSI Afterburner
to overclock and reliably monitor system details. A very good Bechmark software is among other thingsUnigine Valley.
| [caption id = "attachment_1352" align = "aligncenter" width = "375"]MSI Afterburner, overclocking software[/ caption]|| [caption id = "attachment_1353" align = "aligncenter" width = "475"]Unigine Valley, Free Benchmark Software[/ caption]|
Before you start the test, configure the fan speed with Afterburner to the maximum to ensure the best possible cooling. This increases the volume, which is the price for top performance. The Unigine Valley Test will show you how high the temperatures can get and how much the volume of the cooler can increase. Let the Banchmark run for about 15 minutes to bring your GPU to the maximum temperature. [caption id = "attachment_1354" align = "aligncenter" width = "900"]Set the fan speed to 100% during the benchmark process and carefully observe the temperature development of the GPU
[/ caption] The maximum temperature that allows safe operation of a graphics card varies depending on the graphics card and the manufacturer, but many experienced overclockers consider a temperature of 90 degrees Celsius to be the maximum temperature for safe operation of most cards. The difference between the maximum temperature of your graphics card and 90 degrees Celsius is, in simple terms, the margin you have for overclocking. If you're the lucky owner of an MSI graphics card with a Twin Frozr cooling system, your card should be suitable for overclocking.
After you have verified that your graphics card has sufficient temperature headroom, you can start overclocking. First, you should familiarize yourself with Afterburner's features and menu. On the left side there are several sliders for setting clock rates, voltages and fan speeds. On the right side is the hardware monitor, the real-time information on temperatures, voltages and fan speeds. You can easily scroll through the values or uncouple individual ads to get a better overview. The MSI Afterburner allows you to individually set which values should be displayed in a desired order. [caption id = "attachment_1355" align = "aligncenter" width = "900"]Here you will find the important features of the MSI Afterburner
Overclocking is often a trial and error process in which you try to find the optimal setting for maximum performance while keeping temperatures at a safe level. If you want to achieve the maximum performance value, you will sometimes overshoot the mark. You shouldn't let that demotivate you; when it comes to overclocking, the path to success is often paved with black screens, system crashes and error messages.
Start by switching to the settings and activate the options “Unlock voltage control” and “Unlock voltage monitoring”. This gives you the opportunity to change the core voltage of your graphics card. Next you can adjust the core clock in steps of ten and confirm the setting with the "Apply" button at the bottom right. Your GPU will then set the selected core clock as the basic clock, which is also displayed in the hardware monitor.
| [caption id = "attachment_1356" align = "aligncenter" width = "437"]Unlock the voltage control[/ caption]|| [caption id = "attachment_1357" align = "aligncenter" width = "437"]Gradual increase in the core clock rate[/ caption]|
Now is the time to see if your graphics card is staying cool enough. The Unigine Valley Test will provide information about this. You don't need to panic if your screen suddenly goes black or an error message appears, which happens if the graphics card becomes unstable or overheats under load. You can rest assured, thanks to a protective device, your graphics card will probably not be damaged but rather revert to the original settings. If this happens, we recommend restarting to make sure that the graphics card driver is working properly again. A system crash can occur for a variety of reasons. Mostly it is because the high clock cannot be maintained with the set voltage or the GPU is working unstably due to the high clock. The first-mentioned cause can be remedied by a slight increase in the core tension. This will lead to an increase in the temperature of the GPU, so you should only use these agents when the GPU is still a sufficient distance from the temperature limit. The second reason for a crash can be overheating or simply that your graphics card cannot be overclocked any further. Every graphics card is different, so overclocking success is always associated with a little luck. [caption id = "attachment_1358" align = "aligncenter" width = "446"]Increasing core voltage and power limit
[/ caption] After you have started overclocking, you have to find out the best setting for your graphics card using a trial and error procedure. The Afterburner allows you to save the settings in profiles at any time, so that you can switch between a saved setting and a new high-performance setting at any time. You can find a lot of useful information online with tips on how to get the most out of your graphics card with the help of Afterburner. Here are some videos that will show you a few basics: "target =" _ blank ">
Have fun hunting for records! Disclaimer: Please note that MSI cannot be held liable in any way for direct or indirect damage caused by the use of MSI Afterburner, MSI Kombustor or any other third-party software.