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- Warning: If you overclock your card then you may void your warranty if your card manufacturer doesn’t allow it. So always double check with your card manufacturer. Not all but most high end GPU manufacturers allow overclocking.
- System Freeze: If you overclock your card more than its limit than the system will hangup/freeze thus leaving you with a system reset as the only option left. During the process of overclocking your gpu your system might become unresponsive and you will have to reset your computer.
- By overclocking your GPU you will usually get a higher hash rate, resulting in an increased revenue.
- With lowering the power required, you will be saving money on electricity.
- You can set a custom fan curve, which changes GPU fan speed which can make cards run at cooler temperatures.
Overclocking will increase GPU performance by increasing core clock and memory while at the same time lowering tdp. TDP stands for thermal design point. No matter what Nvidia cards you own whether it is an Nvidia GTX 1060,1070,1080,Titan X / Xp or GTX 1080 Ti , overclocking process will be same for all of them as all of them belongs to pascal GPU family.
We will be using an MSI Afterburner which is a free software and widely used in overclocking. GPU manufacturers have their own overclock utilities but you won’t get desired results with those. If your card manufacturer does not allow manual overclocking of cards, you might be risking warranty, then you may use respected overclock software provided by your card manufacturer.
EVGA: EVGA Precision XOC
Zotac: FireStorm Utilty
MSI: MSI Afterburner
Gigabyte: Xtreme Engine Gaming
ASUS: GPU Tweak II
Now for the fun part,
- Download MSI Afterburner.
- Install and open it.
- Set tdp between 75% to 120%. If electricity cost is not a problem then you can set 120% otherwise 80-85% will be good.
- Initially core clock is set to 0. Start increasing it with an offset of +10 till system is crashed. +50 will work for most cards.
- Initially memory clock is set to 0. Start increasing it with an offset of +15 till system freezes up. +100 will work for most cards.
- Set custom fan curve, see the image below for reference. Make sure you don’t run your GPU’s fan at 100% speed all the time, I prefer 60% but it will depends how high you overclock.
- Thats it! your card is overclocked and you should be mining at optimal settings!