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hey guys
recently i have experimented with overclocking my gfx card (radeon 9550 256Mb) so far i have got it to reach a core clock of 375Mhz and a memory clock of 270Mhz

now after having the side of my case opened i decided to run a bechmark with those overclocked settings,
i am using rivatuner and 3d mark to do this, after running the bench mark i decided to touch the card to see what the heat was like now i no this isnt really accurate on how high the temps are but i noticed that the GPU was fine it didnt seem to hot but the memory was really really hot to touch so i stoped the benchmark half way through and let it cool luckly i didnt do to much damage
are these settings pushing it a little to much? the original setting are a core clock of 250Mhz and a memory clock of 200Mhz the card only has a very small heat sink and fan on it so ima little worried that if i still was to overclock then i might damage it.
i hear that this card has the same GPU on it as the radeon 9600 is this correct and does anybody no what the actual specs are of that card?

so to recap am i pushing it to much?
what are the specs of the similar card?

thankyou for your advice
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Hi troppo!

The core clock speed of the 9600 is only 325MHz, so yes you are definitely overclocking your video card too much. I suggest you drop the core clock speed down to 325 at the maximum, but I recommend you drop it to 300 or less. As for the memory frequency, the memory frequency on the 9600 is 400MHz, which is the same for the 9550, which you are using. So I would leave it at 200MHz and don't OC it at all and see how things go, then raise it maybe 5MHz and test it again and see how stable your computer is or isn't until you reach the level that gives the most improvement without destabilizing your computer and/or damaging your video card.

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Edited by Fenor, 08 March 2006 - 06:52 AM.

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ok thanks for the reply
i am using riviatuner to overclock it when i try to do this with the sliders the pics of the memory and GPU show a caution symbol i dont no what this is or what it is telling me,
also the little black indicators below the sliders what are they for?


screen shot is attached
thanks
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thanks for the reply
i am using rivia tuner to overclock the vid card and when i try this the pictures of the GPu and memory display caution symbols what does this mean?

also under the sliders are little black indicators of some sort what are theese are they were the card should be overclocked to?
screenshot is attached
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thanks for the reply
i am using rivia tuner to overclock the vid card and when i try this the pictures of the GPu and memory display caution symbols what does this mean?

also under the sliders are little black indicators of some sort what are theese are they were the card should be overclocked to?
screenshot is attached
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thanks for the reply
i am using rivia tuner to overclock the vid card and when i try this the pictures of the GPu and memory display caution symbols what does this mean?

also under the sliders are little black indicators of some sort what are theese are they were the card should be overclocked to?
screenshot is attached

sorry net is srewing up soryy for the mutiple posts its late and im tired :tazz:
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Anytime it shows a caution symbol you are doing something that could damage your system, so don't do it. :tazz: As for the attachment, there is none.

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i no im sorry the website wasnt working for me it only shows the caution symbol when the specs are at there normal position but when i overclock it the caution symbol disapears

maybe this link will work hopefully
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ni didnt work i dont no whats going on
i have a screen shot how can i add it to a post cause when i place the target in the box and hit add this attachment it loads for ages then doesnt work can i add it staright to the post?
sorry for all of this rubbish
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Is the file a bitmap? (.bmp extension) Could be the file is too big for you to upload. Open the file in paint and then click FILE-->SAVE AS and choose the SAVE AS TYPE as a JPEG, JPG file. That will drastically reduce the size of the file. You can also try zipping the picture and then adding it as an attachment.

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Edited by Fenor, 10 March 2006 - 07:24 AM.

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You might want to actually check the temperature. Get ATi Tool which can be found here: http://www.techpowerup.com/atitool/. Once installed, turn on temperature monitoring in the options and then you should see 3 little boxes on the main screen (bottom left). The middle one is your GPU temperature (in Celcius) and the bottom one would be your memory temperature. Once you know your temperatures, reply to this topic with them.

Otherwise I would not advise you to overclock and fairly old card which probably doesn't have a fan (?). You are definetly in risk of damaging your graphics card. Just keep in mind that overclocking does not damage your components; it's the heat caused by overclocking that will damage them. If you don't have the money to replace broken components, I would suggest not to risk such things.

Good luck,
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Rivatuner has temp monitering there isnt any need for ATI tool.
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i dont think the card actually has temp monitoring on it i have never seen any stats its a pretty old type of card

yes it does have a heatsink and a fan on it but the fan is not much chop i dont think
ok i have saved it as jpeg lets see if this works sorry for all the bad posts
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ah finally worked thaks guys
anyidea on what it is?
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Alright. My guess is that the caution symbol is the actualy picture. It may be there to warn you that overclocking is not always safe. I am not sure, I'll try that program.
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