little to no benefit from overclocking 1080 ti

Hi all,

I run an i7 7700k (at 4.7 ghz), asus rog 1080 ti, 16 gb 3200 mhz corsair RAM, 250gb SSD, asus rog z270 mobo....

I use nvidia inspector to overclock, and even when I get the max clock up to 2000 with :
base clock +140 mhz
memory clock +375 mhz

But I do not actually see any benefit framerate wise. The list of games I play right now are pubg, escape from tarkov, fortnite, mainly new releases.

What's also weird is that my card will only seem to go to 67 degrees c. Which I've seen people talking about their cards going higher than that (note: i do have very cool ambient air to begin with)

Nvidia inspector will show its reaching something near the estimated max clock but still there will be no fps increase, and I mean literally none not like just 1 or 2 like the exact same experience frames per second wise. I track my fps pretty seriously kinda ocd-like almost. Also the voltage slider is greyed out and it won't let me touch the voltage, could this have to do with it?

any takes on the situation would be appreciated.
I see other people getting results with this card and with the same or slightly less powerful processor so I'm just kind of confused. Could it have to do with the games I'm playing and that they are very demanding/unoptimized?
I also do not think it has to do with a stable clock setting because I started it off at a somewhat higher number like +75 base and +150 mem and have bumped it up until i got to these numbers listed above. never at any point has the experience been better or worse so i thought that i just needed to reach the max of the card. but then I look at a guide for overclocking and i see they were at +150 base +500 mem and i've kind of used that as my max as in i won't go over that.
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  1. I don't know how demanding those games are, but you're probably CPU limited and not GPU limited.
    Overclocking can also decrease performance if you don't increase the fan speed with it, since the GPU automatically decrease bandwidth based on temps.
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  2. thanks for the reply, ill try manually setting the gpu fan to something decently high, maybe that will allow me to push the card a little more..

    but i agree with what youre saying about cpu limited, with the fact that nvidia inspector is showing my base clock going at almost 2000 mhz (about 120 mhz higher than stock clock max) and I'm still seeing absolutely no change in game, seems like thats hinting at a cpu bottleneck
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  3. Use MSI Afterburner to confirm the GPU usage during gaming.
    Reply to TrAAst
  4. What resolution and Hz range is your monitor?
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  5. 1LiquidPC said:
    What resolution and Hz range is your monitor?


    dell 27 inch 144 hz 1440p monitor
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  6. Ok. With the games you play, you're way beyond the requirements. Likely a CPU bottleneck as GPU isn't working much to play those games. Like mentioned above, what is GPU utilization in-game?
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  7. the utilization gets close to 2k when i put my settings as originally stated, MSI afterburner has confirmed the same results... my processor only runs 54-56 degrees as the highest really, it is liquid cooled but maybe i should overclock it some more? the 5ghz overclock profile that came with it was unstable for me unfortunately :(
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  8. I'd also suggest trying with just the base clock overclock, put the VRAM back to stock. Pushing VRAM too high can actually decrease performance and could be offsetting any base clock gains.
    Reply to sizzling
  9. gfaiii said:
    the utilization gets close to 2k when i put my settings as originally stated, MSI afterburner has confirmed the same results... my processor only runs 54-56 degrees as the highest really, it is liquid cooled but maybe i should overclock it some more? the 5ghz overclock profile that came with it was unstable for me unfortunately :(


    Are you talking about the clock speed? That's not how much it's being utilized. Monitor the "GPU Usage", if it's not at 99%, it's a CPU bottleneck.
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  10. TrAAst said:
    gfaiii said:
    the utilization gets close to 2k when i put my settings as originally stated, MSI afterburner has confirmed the same results... my processor only runs 54-56 degrees as the highest really, it is liquid cooled but maybe i should overclock it some more? the 5ghz overclock profile that came with it was unstable for me unfortunately :(


    Are you talking about the clock speed? That's not how much it's being utilized. Monitor the "GPU Usage", if it's not at 99%, it's a CPU bottleneck.

    my bad it's at 88% highest in my most demanding games, might try moving the procesor closer to 5 ghz slowly
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  11. You can try, but I don't think you're gonna see much difference. The games you're playing are probably not that demanding, or badly optimized.
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  12. TrAAst said:
    You can try, but I don't think you're gonna see much difference. The games you're playing are probably not that demanding, or badly optimized.


    i'd say probably badly optimized... especially considering that's the way the gaming industry is now; release games early access while a lot of work is to be done, most people run pubg at <60 frames cause of how bad the optimization is, i get 120+ while moving 144 standing still
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  13. if i were to go the 4k route i bet the gpu would see full usage, just realized that most people with overclocking test results for the 1080 ti are done in 4k

    but i prefer the 144 fps/hz v-sync
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