Overclocking GPU advice

Discussion in 'Gaming (Software and Graphics Cards)' started by Lambda808, Jan 10, 2021.

  1. Lambda808

    Lambda808 Notebook Consultant

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    Hey guys,
    I just got an Aero Gigabyte 17 laptop with a Geforce RTX 2080 super max-Q. I haven't overclocked anything in like 10 years. So I'm a little out of the loop and I just started gaming again so I'd like to try it out and I'm looking for some advice. What software should I use and what do I look out for? Just monitor GPU temperature and make sure it doesn't go over a certain level? Let me know your thoughts.

    Also might as well ask, what about overclocking CPU? Is there any benefit to this? I have an i7-10750H 2.60ghz 6 core
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  2. 4W4K3

    4W4K3 Notebook Evangelist

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    MSi Afterburner is probably the most popular GPU overclocking program these days. There are others to mention like EVGA Precision X 16 and ASUS GPU Tweak II as well.

    My best advice is to make one change at a time and test thoroughly after each change. It will be confusing to change core frequency and memory frequency at one time and then try to diagnose which may have induced a crash.

    A fairly safe increase in frequency is typically 50-100MHz at a time. If you find instability as you go higher, you can go back down in smaller increments until you pinpoint a frequency your card likes.

    If you want to try changing the voltage of the card (even if it's 'Locked') you can use the MSi Afterburner Curve feature. This is a little more involved as it changes frequency AND voltage rather than using he card's default voltage curve. It's totally trial and error.

    Here is a good guide to start -

    Afterburner also has an "OC Scanner" feature that will automatically try to overclock your card to safe frequencies. The BETA versions may not work well so try an Official release if you run into errors.
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