Graphics cards typically run at a fixed performance level (clock speed), which is set by the manufacturer. It is a bit similar to a car, which has either 50,100 or 500 horses under its hood. You can tune your graphics card for better performance. This process is “overclocking”. Overclocking of GPU helps faster rendering for multimedia files and smoother running of games. “Sleep Mode” is the alternate method to boost your PC’s performance on a software level in a situation where you are unable to overclock your hardware.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO OVERCLOCK?
The PC should be optimized from the ground up and ready to run at its best so that it helps to make the process of overclocking more easier and less expensive.
The process of overclocking is not that difficult and less time-consuming. Various software, such as MSI Afterburner, can automate some of these tasks.
An Overclocking Tool:
The best overclocking tool is MSI Afterburner(It is easy to use, includes a skinnable interface, and remains constantly up-to-date to include the latest GPUs).
A Benchmark Utility:
Overclocking pushes your card to its limit. To make sure it’s stable while in use, a stress -test is mandatory. For which 2 tools.
The classic 3D Benchmarking software called “3DMark”
Futuremark (which helps to push your graphics card to its limit ).
Patience is a must
Overclocking is fairly easy and less minimum time consuming but finding the perfect blend of performance, temperature, and compatibility with games can take a lot of testing until you get the things right
IS IT SAFE TO OVERCLOCK?
If considering the present situation? Yes, overclocking raises the temperature and stresses placed on your GPU, but don’t panic; its failsafe mechanisms will kick in before it catches fire. Crashing, freezing, or black-screens are the worst-case scenarios. If this occurs, go back to the drawing board and adjust the timer. However, its lifespan may reduce by running it at significantly higher clocks, just like anything else when you push it above its limit. However, there has been no statistically meaningful evidence on the effects of GPU overclocking published.
How to overclock your GPU?
Here we are going to use the MSI Afterburner we recommended earlier to overclock the GPU. Go ahead –install it and launch it.
The main dashboard will display your graphics chip’s current clock (GPU clock) & its memory (Mem clock) Right Hand Sideshows the temperature limit. These values can differ from PC to PC – but considering the rule of thumb, avoid temperatures above 90°c. The skin of the software can be changed by clicking on the settings cog icon and going to the user interface. The sliders you can see control the basics of overclocking.
The voltage level that goes into your graphics cards is usually not available on newer cards.
The slider allows you the access to draw more power from your power supply unit ie(PSU). For example, you can increase the card limit of 240 watts by setting 120 if your card default limit is less than that. You need to do this process if you want to overclock your card further(doing this surely raises the temperature limit).
Memory clock: It is the same as above but of your GPU memory.
Run either 3D Mark or Furmark (the stress-test tools recommended earlier) and check your current performance.
Overclocking the GPU chip:
Start slowly raise the clock by 5% and see whether you’re running into weird graphical articrafts, glitches, or even crashes. At such a level it should stay stable but you might not see much improvement. It’s a quick check for potential issues.
Overclocking the Memory
Overclocking of memory is as important as overclocking of GPU. In games with complex textures, a 50-100 MHz boost can be tried. If the computer crashes or if games show weird visuals at these overclocks, either your hardware isn’t designed to be overclocked at all or you need to increase the temperature limit.
Increase your GPU clock by 10MHz and test it again. If it is stable, increase it by another 10MHz and increase it again and again by 10MHz & run a benchmark, stress test. At some point window might freeze or reboot, that’s your limit. Go 10-20 MHz below this limit because running an overclock so close to a crashing point means you may hit a wall after hours of gameplay.
Increase the power limit
Once you’ve hit your wall, you can go the conservative route or you could see what happens if you flip the Power Limit and Temperature Limit switches in MSI Afterburner. Even without overclocking, you’ll notice the fans might get a bit louder and the card won’t reduce its clock as fast or as drastically.
For example, both Titan Xps clock up to 1823 MHz when playing the Witcher3, so reduce the clock a little above 1600 MHz after an hour or so when the temperature is at its peak. But when using a higher power limit and temperature limit, we don’t see this throttling anymore and with the right overclock we can always sustain at a magical 2000 MHz.
Test and fine-tune (again)
Now that we’ve unlocked even more power, it’s time to go back to the tried-and-true “raise it by 10 MHz” method. Your card might probably surpass its previous crash point. As we said earlier finding the sweet spot will take a lot of fine-tuning, so be patient and instead of a moderate increase such as +100MHz to +200MHz, we now get a huge +170MHz to +450MHz. Once the stable clock is achieved then benchmark the system again with the aforementioned 3D Mark and Furmark. You may also compare your favorite games. You can find a difference in numbers as well as in the actual gameplay.
THE BEST GPU OVERCLOCKING TOOLS FOR ENHANCED GAMING PERFORMANCE ARE
MSI Afterburner is the most common overclocking software. It is reliable and also works with the non-MSI graphics card. Including the GPU overclocking and also a custom fan profile to balance the performance and temperature. This software assists in obtaining real-time information about voltage, GPU utilization, temperatures, and clock speeds.
It is the 2nd most popular overclocking app to tweak and manage your system’s RAM, FAN speed, and even performance. Visually it may not be as appealing as MSI Afterburner or even EVGA precision but is capable and powerful GPU overclocking software. It also supports 30bit to 64-bit versions with real-time performance and temperature monitoring.
As the name suggests it is only for Nvidia GPUs. With its help, you can overclock your GPU and check your graphics card information, as it tells you most of the technical information you need to know about your GPU. It has a simpler User Interface and has total control over the Nvidia graphics card.
EVGA Precision X
It is a feature-rich GPU overclocking software from EVGA.
EVGA Precision X allows to overclock the graphics card and memory along with other advanced features, including voltage adjustment, automatic tuning, custom profiles, and hotkeys. It supports Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and 10. It includes Hotkeys for easy control and has full control over one’s GPU
ASUS GOU Tweak
ASUS GPU Tweak resembles the most popular software in terms of the user interface. Along with its main feature of overclocking your GPU, it can be used to overclock memory and control voltage and fan speed. According to your preference, you can set your fan speed manually in its auto mode. It is supported Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and 10 and it also supports most AMD and Nvidia GPU’S.
IS IT WORTH IT TO OVERCLOCKING A GPU?
GPU & display overclocking are absolutely worth it…
Overclocking of GPU and overclocking of CPU are independent of each other. Both of these overclocking don’t affect each other’s processes. You can overclock your GPU and CPU independently but their power supply is the only factor that might get affected if there is not enough wattage of power supply. However, please note that there are always risks regarding overclocking in general. The main thing is that overclocking does reduce a GPU’s lifespan. This happens because as increase the voltage being pumped into the GPU the amount of heat produced will also increase with it.
If the heat is not properly dissipated the excess amount of this heat can lead to a reduction in the lifespan of GPU by “wearing it out faster”. It is very difficult to “mess up” a GPU overclock, what you need to do is simply use reputable overclocking software like MSI Afterburner. The only sure way to damage your GPU from overclocking is by adding way more voltage than the can handle, which is why one should slowly and steadily with patience carry the overclocking process with the result of finding the cards sweet spot.
This was all about overclocking the GPU. Now, you can easily know whether it is necessary for your device or not. If it’s yes, then do it by the above steps.