OVERCLOCKING HURTFULL?

Discussion in 'Videocards - AMD Radeon' started by chubbrok, Jul 11, 2001.

  1. chubbrok

    chubbrok Guest

    if you overclock say a radeon le doesnt it wear down over time?<br>
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    i heard that overclocking a cpu can wear it down is it the same with a video card?<br>
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    thanks im a newb <IMG SRC="smileys/smile.gif">
     
  2. marxist

    marxist Guest

    With the right cooling and airflow overclocking brings speed benefits without self-destructing. The longevity of the board is reduced, but unless you plan on using the same card for the next half-decade, it is irrelevant.
     
  3. chubbrok

    chubbrok Guest

    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:<HR>Originally posted by marxist:<br>
    <b>With the right cooling and airflow overclocking brings speed benefits without self-destructing. The longevity of the board is reduced, but unless you plan on using the same card for the next half-decade, it is irrelevant.</b><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><br>
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    well how much faster is the longevity reduced?<br>
    and how long does an average video card last?<br>
     
  4. The Tweaker

    The Tweaker Guest

    Well, from personal experience I can say that I still have my S3 Virge that came with my AMD K6-2 400 MHZ computer. That card couldn't benefit from overclocking. Also, I still have my Riva TNT that I purchased to replace the Virge card. I could overclock the TNT, but for 20 more MHZ of core speed and memory, it wouldn't really benefit the card. Even with my 1000Mhz processor, the video card was the bottleneck. Recently, I decided to replace the TNT with a brand new, twice-as-fast, quadruple-the-features, ATI Radeon 64MB DDR SE VIVO. I could overclock the Radeon as well, but since it is fast enough already for me, I will hesitate. <br>
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    Note on overclocking:<br>
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    The reason for overclocking is to make the card go faster because after buying the card, installing it, and tweaking it, a person is still not satisfied with the speed that the card is perform at as default/tweaked. The same thing happened to me. After installing the Radeon and using the latest beta drivers, I went to the options menu (Properties--&gt;Settings--&gt;D3D/OGL) and started to max the features: 4XFSAA, 128-tap Ansiotrophy (sp?), Highest detail Ansiotrophic filtering etc. After loading Shooter, a Quake 3 Arena simulation, I noticed on the FPS counter that it was registering 34.5! 34.5! But it seemed flawless...and that was with only one bot! I decided to try Unreal. Unreal seemed flawless. But since seeing the FPS counter say 34.5. I also assumed that Unreal was also running 34.5 FPS even though it seemed smooth. Well to make a long story short, I disabled those features because with them on I couldn't tell a difference. There were still jaggies (which disappointed me) and it ran smooth. <br>
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    I will try to picture zoom (400%, 800%, 1600%) on screenshots of all settings maxed and disabled settings to see if I can tell a difference that way, because the previous way I couldn't tell a difference.<br>
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    Oops, I forgot something...the overclocking part. My analysis is that after the user has maxed out the settings and is disappointed because of the severe performance hit it has taken, whether they have a 500 or 1000 or 1700MHZ processor, they will overclock the video card so they will be able to use the maxed-out settings at a unnoticeable/constant framerate (ie. 60 FPS/frames-per-second or above). <br>
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    Also, overclocking a video card will void the warranty (yeah, it sucks) and degrade the lifespan of the card (by how much, I don't know). But to offset the degrading lifespan and abnormal wear-and-tear on the card thru overclocking, users install heatsinks/ramsinks and fans to counter the degrading effects that overclocked video card/CPU/memory can have.<br>
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    Thank you everybody for sitting down and listening to The Tweaker's lesson on overclocking 101. If you understand these rules/guidelines and can safely overclock your system components without damaging the units, you have successfully passed this course and have received...<br>
    an A! Congradulations!
     

  5. chubbrok

    chubbrok Guest

    ok thanks for the info
     
  6. ABCDELICIOUS

    ABCDELICIOUS Guest

    how do you overclock and tweak?
     

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