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Overclocking 7970M with MSI Afterburner 2.2.3 or where can I find 2.2.1?

Discussion in 'Alienware 17 and M17x' started by Antipathy, Aug 1, 2012.

  1. Antipathy

    Antipathy Notebook Consultant

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    Has anyone had any luck overclocking with Afterburner 2.2.3? I read a post by someone, somewhere that said they were able to do it, but it's giving me trouble.

    If it's not possible, anyone have a good source for 2.2.1?

    Thanks!
     
  2. SlickDude80

    SlickDude80 Notebook Prophet

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  3. hellsfire

    hellsfire Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hey there, it is entirely possible to overclock the 7970m in v2.2.3
    The problem is that after v2.2.1 the file named "atipdlxx.dll" is not included anymore.
    Supposedly you can obtain this in the AMD driver version 12.4.

    But easier you could simply save that file into another directory after installing MSI Afterburner v2.2.1

    Instructions:
    To overclock the 7970m in Afterburner v2.2.3
    1) Install v2.2.1 and copy the file name "atipdlxx.dll" to another location - located in default C:\Program Files (x86)\MSI Afterburner
    2) Update to v2.2.3 and move the file you just copy into the same install directory
    3) Overclock should now be available :)
    *Note after following slickdude's guide to unlocking unofficial overclocking ofcourse :p

    Hope I helped.

    Here's a link to v2.2.1 I found off Google
    Download MSI Afterburner - MSI Afterburner Free Download
     
  4. zipidy928

    zipidy928 Notebook Geek

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    In order to OC, do you have to run on full discrete GPU mode (fn+f7), or can this be achievable on switchable graphics mode?
     
  5. SlickDude80

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    Thanks for pointing that out! rep+

    zipdiy, i would go full discrete mode before doing any overclocking
     
  6. Antipathy

    Antipathy Notebook Consultant

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    Thanks guys! +rep!
     
  7. SkylineLvr

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    You can also install v2.2.1 (or 2.2.0) and just update it to 2.2.3. You then just need to change the afterburner.cfg file. I found that you just need to change the line "UnofficialOverclockingMode" from 0 to 1. No need to change "UnofficialOverclockingEULA".
     
  8. dandan112988

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    for some reason i still cant get OC to work on the 7970m. I opened it using note pad, edited what it said and saved and still no go. Any suggestions?
     
  9. SkylineLvr

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    Did you edit the registry files?
     
  10. Antipathy

    Antipathy Notebook Consultant

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    Following Slickdude's guide and Hellsfire's post in this thread, it works just fine for me, using Afterburner 2.2.3.
     
  11. SlickDude80

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    dan, make sure that the file saved as a .cfg and not .txt...also make sure that there are no duplicate files in the directory which sometimes happens if you don't open the file as an administrator and then save.

    If you've editted the cfg and made the registry changes, it will work
     
  12. flingin

    flingin M17x R2 Mafia

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    Well, i did everything exactly as in the guide, when i try to run MSI Afterburner after this, my system freezes, and all i can do is hold the power button.

    I have R2, and 12.6 official drivers, card is from eurocom

    any ideas :?? :)
     
  13. zipidy928

    zipidy928 Notebook Geek

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    same here. 2.2.3 works fine. now I just need a stable core/memory clock speeds. still playing around with it.
     
  14. lilsancho

    lilsancho Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hey guys

    I've got MSI up and running, but as soon as I change a clock (even by 1mhz) my screen goes a bit crazy.
    Have I done something wrong or is my card Unclockable lol?
     
  15. hellsfire

    hellsfire Notebook Enthusiast

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    @lilsancho
    What drivers are you running? I find that any overclock on the latest dell drivers on my 7970m would make the screen flicker - but it goes away after it has been under load (games, 3dmark etc.)
    Regular web browsing i just set it back to stock clocks so it doesn't do the crazy flickering. I guess there is some issue with the 2d voltage :/

    But yeah the first dell drivers work fine for me, 12.5beta did too, 12.7beta has a little flickering here and there but pretty rare.
    Never tried official 12.6 (heard no flickering), or the latest 12.8 either.
     
  16. dandan112988

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    ok so there was a duplicate and i deleted it. it is saved as a .cfg file. I didnt mess with the registry because i have an R4. I thought you didnt need to with an R4? Lastly, why do we need to jump through these hoops to get OC to work. Never had that problem with any other GPUs. Thanks
     
  17. lilsancho

    lilsancho Notebook Enthusiast

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    I'm currently running the latest Dell drivers (A01).
    Well if it's a normal occurrence then I'm happy, I was worried that it was gonna kill my card :)

    Just curious tho, are you able to run the official AMD drivers? When I've tried the setup says it can't find my card.
     
  18. lilsancho

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    **Update**
    Just tried overclocking via VBios flash and eveything is working perfectly!
     
  19. Kyrius

    Kyrius Notebook Consultant

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    Hey guys! I have a question, is it just me when whenever I put in a specific clock speed it just goes back to 1 point lower clock speed? For example, I would like my clock speed to be exact 950, but the Afterburner just puts it back to 949. I know it's not a big deal but it kinda bothers me. :S
     
  20. Iqs

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    let me knw how it goes
     

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