CPU gpu overclocking.

Hey guys. I don't know much about pc's and certainly not overclocking. I recently upgraded my pc so I could run the oculus rift on my game (Iracing). I have a Ryzen 5 1600, a msi 1070, 16 gb ram, and a 650 psu. My temps on my CPU never go higher than 45c and my gpu the highest I have seen is 62c. I'm not quite getting the performance I'm looking for out of the rift. I have msi afterburner and it has a option to take the performance of the gpu past "100" which I'm assuming will overclock it? My question is, would this be safe, or can I potentially hurt my gpu, and would this help my performance. Thanks in advance for the response.
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  1. nicholasc88 said:
    Hey guys. I don't know much about pc's and certainly not overclocking. I recently upgraded my pc so I could run the oculus rift on my game (Iracing). I have a Ryzen 5 1600, a msi 1070, 16 gb ram, and a 650 psu. My temps on my CPU never go higher than 45c and my gpu the highest I have seen is 62c. I'm not quite getting the performance I'm looking for out of the rift. I have msi afterburner and it has a option to take the performance of the gpu past "100" which I'm assuming will overclock it? My question is, would this be safe, or can I potentially hurt my gpu, and would this help my performance. Thanks in advance for the response.


    Are you referring to the power limit shown in this screenshot?

    That allows the card to use up to 10% more power than default IF the card needs it. It's not really overclocking. You can also use GPU-Z and look to the Perf. Cap reason. There is a thing called GPU Boost 3.0. The 1070 will boost its clocks but if it's already consuming 100% power it can't boost anymore. Sliding that to 110% releases a wee bit more power for the card but that isn't overclocking. If you look to the Perfcap reason and you don't see power then that slider won't help. Increasing the core and memory clocks is technically overclocking.

    You can also enable MSI AB's logs. They will show that info as well.
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  2. Ok don't understand a lot of what your saying haha sorry. But my gpu usage is somewhere around 99 most of the time while I'm playing. So that most likely won't help?
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  3. nicholasc88 said:
    Ok don't understand a lot of what your saying haha sorry. But my gpu usage is somewhere around 99 most of the time while I'm playing. So that most likely won't help?


    It might help. It is part of the overclocking process. By itself it's not OC'ing. The power the card is getting may not allow GPU Boost 3.0 offer the most the card can. You can think of GPU Boost 3.0 like auto-overclocking or auto-turbo charging. Releasing a little extra power may net you a few FPS or possibly more or none. While your GPU load is at 99% it's only part of the picture. Its load is at 99% but the performance of that 99% can possibly be increased. Turbo charge a vehicle. Part of turbo charging involves checking horsepower. Not enough air may not allow the most horsepower out of the turbo charger even though it's working at full capacity. Even though you are giving the 200 yard sprint all you have, not getting enough water may hurt your performance. It's a tweak that may or may not help. Try it and see. No help? Slide it back to 100. You can also manually enter the value too. Getting to know your computer can be rewarding.
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