An MSI Afterburning OC guide

Hello,

I've never touched overclocking,

I'm just worried I might change something, computer then turns off and stops working. Or just simply brake something.

Mobo - Tomahawk B350
GPU - 970
CPU Ryzen 1600
PSU - EVGA 750 gold
CASE - NZXT H440

temps around 40 - 45 when gaming.

My questions:

What is does increasing the voltage do and what are the consequences?

What is a good fan speed?

What is the memory clock, and core clock?

Shall I increase the power and temp limit?


http://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/4738708


Thank you.
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  1. you can only add a very small amount of voltage to a 970 no where near enough to be a problem

    fan speed depends what temperature you are getting under load

    all 970s vary how well they will overclock--but i aimed at around 1500mhz core speed when i had msi g4 gaming gtx970

    memory clock and core clock are exactly what they sound like--they can overclock individually of each other

    power and temp limit only raise them if you need to
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  2. and most important

    if you overclock with afterburner and tell it to load the overclock when the pc starts

    if you get any problems you need to hold the ctrl + f1 keys as windows is loading

    this will over ride the over clock if its causing problems
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  3. I was able to get my previously owned two EVGA GTX 970s in SLI (model SSC ACX 2.0+) to near GTX 980 performance mirroring this Precision X guide for my model GPUs with Afterburner. YMMV depending on your model GPU, cooling, etc....

    https://www.bit-tech.net/reviews/tech/graphics/evga-geforce-gtx-970-ssc-acx-2-0-review/9/

    It was actually overkill for my 1440p/60Hz monitor for most games, but it was nice to know that I had extra headroom when I needed it in a few heavy GPU demanding games like Witcher 3, Crysis 3, and Far Cry 4. I was extremely happy with those GPUs for two years prior to selling them last month and moving up to a single 1080 Ti. That model GPU in my opinion was the best 970 (and one of the last updated 970 models released of all the AIB vendors). The thing was a killer overclocker.
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  4. 970s are generally pretty easy to overclock. The stock bios has the limits set to the point that there's absolutely nothing you can do to that card with the software, that's going to hurt it in any way, shape or form. So, crank the voltage, crank the power limit and find a clock that works for the games you're wanting to play.

    I ran my 970s at 1531 for a daily clock.
    Reply to Vellinious
  5. Vellinious said:
    970s are generally pretty easy to overclock. The stock bios has the limits set to the point that there's absolutely nothing you can do to that card with the software, that's going to hurt it in any way, shape or form. So, crank the voltage, crank the power limit and find a clock that works for the games you're wanting to play.

    I ran my 970s at 1531 for a daily clock.


    It will sound pointless but I can already run everything on the highest, I just want some more fps...Nah I'm joking, I feel like I've wasted my money for a GPU that isn't even performing as well as it should be, my temps are so low when playing games I can see huge potential for OC.
    Reply to Mohan_27
  6. there are modded bioses available for the gtx970 if you really want to push it to the max

    once i watercooled mine i used a modded bios for 1600mhz

    though obviously some risk using them
    Reply to mcnumpty23
  7. Best to learn to modify your own bios, the one that's actually made for that specific GPU, that way you can tweak the tables to the GPU. Just flashing a random bios can cause problems and is not advised. Even another SC might have different memory types. They were using Elpida, Samsung and Hynix on the 9xx series GPUs.

    I've got a couple 970 SC bios versions I made for people that you could use as a template to make your own. IF you decide to go that route......doing so on air, though, probably won't yield much more performance, as Maxwell is pretty sensitive to temps.
    Reply to Vellinious
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