Intro to GPU Overclocking

Overclocking your GPU is a great way to squeeze out a bit more performance out of your GPU and step up your FPS. In this tutorial, we’ll overclock our GPU to get a boost in our performance.


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Tools Used

For Overclocking we used MSI Afterburner. And for Stressing and benchmarking we used MSI Kombustor. Both of them are available for free here.

MSI Afterburner

How To Overclock GPU

1. Benchmarking Initial Score

Run MSI Kombustor and click on Benchmark. Let it run and note down the score.

2. Turn Up the Clock Speed

Now open up MSI Afterburner and increase the Core Clock only just a little, by a number of 10-20. The key is to get performance without getting the GPU too unstable.

3. Stress it up!

Now once again open MSI Kombustor and run the stress test and let it run for a minute or two. This step is very crucial for checking the stability of your card.

4. What to look for?

Increased clock speeds usually affect the stability of your card to push it beyond speeds it was meant to handle set from the manufacturer. Unstable cards show up artifacts when it is stressed for some time, thus during the stress test note the FPS and look for artifacts. If the artifacts show up then set the core clock down a bit and try again.

5. Finding the stable clock speeds

Once the clock speeds are stable that is no artifacts are showing up and frame rates are stable then you have achieved a stable clock speed and have successfully overclocked your GPU.

6. Enjoy your Games at a performance boost

Once you have overclocked the GPU you can expect better performance across every game. You can also benchmark the GPU again and check your score with the previous scores.

To know more, check out this post on overclocking tools

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