Trouble Overclocking 980m

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  1. kissof_Death

    kissof_Death Notebook Enthusiast

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    So i set a +100mhz oc on the core in afterburner just to start things off. I run msi kombustor (tessellated spheres x64, 1080p, AAx8) for about 10 minutes without a hitch. Temps top out at 74 and rest at 72-73 with no throttling. So next i try a game. I fire up dark souls 3 and not even 5 minutes into the game the video driver crashes. I've already unlocked the voltage slider but can only get an increase of 25mv. Not sure why i can make it through kombustor for but can't play ds3 for more than 5 minutes.

    Specs: Sager NP9758
    GPU: 980m
    CPU: i7 6700
    RAM: 8GB
    AC adapter: 220w (can buy a 330w)

    What do you guys think i should do. Should i flash with a modded vbios to fully unlock the voltage and power limiter, get a more powerful ac adapter since 220w might not be up to the task, or could have just had bad luck in the gpu lottery. As far as temps go i just ordered some ic diamond paste so that shouldn't be a problem.
     
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    Lottery mostly. My stock 980m 8GB [MSI GT72] can bench to +113/+92, but my gaming OCs are +0/+92, +56/+92 and +87/+92 as games get hit and miss after that.
     
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    If you have prema vbios then it can OC further.
     
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    Where can I get prema vbios.
     
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    At the moment, the site is offline it will be online in couple of days.
     
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    Is it the WordPress site
     
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    Yes.
     
  8. Carrot Top

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    Keep in mind that synthetics like FurMark, Kombustor, and OCCT aren't a good test of overclock stability. You'll often find, as is the case here, that what's stable in those tests is not stable in actual games.

    They are also power viruses and not healthy for your GPU if run for an extended period of time, many people have killed their cards that way.
     
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    So what should I use? Just the game?

    Edit:Also can someone link me to another place other than tech inferno that has mNVflash. I cant dl anything from there.
     
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    Yeah real-world testing, like playing games, are best for determining OC stability.

    You can get nvflash from TechPowerUp.
     
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