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How To Overclock GPU - Beginners Guide (CAM 3.1)

hi guys I'm going to be showing a step-by-step on how you can overclock your GPU for free and the software I'm using is actually free to download I'll drop a link to it down below it's called cam and also we're going to be using the benchmark tool Unigine Heaven benchmark and also leave a link to that down below but it's really easy guys honestly a lot of people think it's difficult to overclock your hardware CPU and GPU especially are extremely easy and I will show you guys how to do that and also if you guys want a tutorial on how to overclock the CPU as well let me know by dropping a comment down below so before we get into the overclocking it's really important to understand the software that you're going to use to overclock so as I mention before this is the NZXT cam 3.1 and I once again I will leave a link down below so you guys can download it's completely free and this is basically the program going to be using to monitor to monitor the GPU as well as overclock it so let's quickly go over the tabs on the dashboard tab you guys can see the temperature the load on both the CPU and graphics card and then down below there you can see the RAM and also all the programs that are running in the background as you can see camp client is currently running and how much RAM is being used and how much what the load percentage is and on the right side over here is you can see the storage space so how much storage is used and how much you have free space in your hard drive so moving on to the Advanced tab you guys can check out the hardware in more detail so you guys have options for CPU GPU motherboard when hard drives and the internet and so for this video purposes I'm going to be using CPU and GPU and down here you guys can check the minimum and maximum temperatures you can check out the clock speeds the memory and just a bunch of really useful information that we're going to be using and then if you expand a little window will pop up and basically giving you guys even more in-depth details leaking out you guys can check out each core for the CPU again like the core clock multiplier bus speed and all that so but I'm not going to be using this tab at all now if you hit the maximize button everything will expand right now it kind of expands over the shot area that I'm using but basically everything that I've shown you guys is expanded into one window so instead of hitting tabs you can see everything so moving on to the build tab is pretty self-explanatory this is where your PC specs are listed you have your processor a video card motherboard and all that good stuff as well as your PC name moving on to the games tab basically it will show the games that you recently played on your PC and what's great about this is actually you can see the duration played the start time and also your minimum and average fps so if you're benchmarking a game for example you can always refer to this chart and then record those numbers so if you're benchmarking a specific game you can check out the average FPS and it's just very helpful and finally the last tab which is the tab we're going to be using is the tuning tab and this is where we're going to be overclocking the gravis card but more on this tab later so if you guys click on the cogwheel up here and go to settings there are some useful options here that you can enable if you go to FPS overlay there's an option here where you can overlay information in a game so let's say if you want to check out the current FPS the GPU load the memory clock or clock and all that good information you can check it through this settings menu here you can change the color using the font color over here obviously it's RGB but for this video I'm going to keep it yellow and you can you can basically display the information you want during the game you can have FPS come up average FPS memory and all that stuff but for the sake of this video I'm actually going to just disable most of this and just keep GPU and the FPS you can also overlay the position so you can put at the top right bottom right any corner you desire and that's you can also even set up a toggle so you can disable it while you're in game and then you just Save Changes so another really cool feature or I should say add-on that comes at cam is actually their free app which you can download for Android or iOS basically gives you the option to monitor your PC when you're away from your computer so you can open up the app and you can check out the current stats the CPU GPU load the temperature the percentage of load and you guys can even check out the recent games played on it another really neat feature you guys can do is get notifications on your phone let's say if your CPU or GPU pass a certain threshold so if you go to settings and then go to notifications tab over here you can basically manually select what threshold you want for example if your CPU passes theta seventy-five degrees Celsius or the GPU passes 73 degrees Celsius you will get a notification on your phone so since this is a beginner's guide I'm going to be showing you guys the easy way to overclock your GPU and there is a more advanced way which involves messing with the voltage to increase the clock speed and memory speed of the GPU but for this sake for the sake of this video I'm going to keep it simple for you guys and we're gonna be using this program and just stick with the core clock and memory clock we're not going to be messing with voltage so basically overclock this GPU before I start this video so I know what the maximum limit is but I went ahead and reset the settings and I'm going to be showing you guys from the beginning basically what I did alright so I basically have five sections in this tab we have power limit core clock memory clock we have the GPU fan profile and down here we have the stats we have the core clock memory clock GPU temps and the fan speed so for the peril limit we're going to keep this at 100% this basically allows you to draw more or less watts for your GPU but we're going to keep it hundred percent and I'm going to be focusing on core clock for now so we're not gonna be touching the power limit this basically allows you to draw more or less watts for your GPU but we're not gonna mess with that for now and we're gonna be messing around with the core clock majority of the time because this basically impacts the GPU the most and this is what will give you the most frames right now it is on default 1607 megahertz and that depends on your GPU whether you have an MD or an Nvidia also make sure that your graphics card is overclockable otherwise this tutorial will not work so typically people do increments of 25 to 100 but for the sake of this video I'm gonna keep it simplified and we'll do increments of 50 megahertz so I'm going to put in 50 on here and I'm going to go and hit Save Changes also make sure to apply tuning when system starts that way you guys don't have to always overclock your GPU when you restart your system so hit Save Changes again and now we're going to be using the heav'n bench one this is the benchmarking tool I use to well benchmark the GPU and make sure one's stable if it crashes obviously then that's what I'm gonna be adjusting the settings a bit so I'm gonna hit run I usually typically leave it on 1080p but you guys can do to K or even 4 k if you want so I hit run even before you hit benchmark your GPU will start working as of now so if it crashes at this point then obviously you have to lower the settings but it shouldn't crash because rolling increasing it by 50 megahertz so I'm just kind of kind of showing you guys an example so your wedding benchmarks you want to keep an eye on your GPU temperature and your core clock so right now we're hovering around 1832 1850 with the core clock and our GPU temp is about 82 degrees Celsius which is pretty hot but it's not crashing everything's running fine so what we're going to do is we're going to stop the benchmarking you can exit the program completely but I usually just keep it running in the background but make sure you're not benchmarking so if you hit the escape button it will stop benchmarking so going to go back here and we're going to increase it again by another 50 so we're going to bring it up to 100 which will bring us to a core clock of 1707 so here we go hitting save settings save changes again and as you can see it's not crashing so we're going to go ahead and benchmark usually I would leave it here for a few minutes or a full cycle and then I would come back so I'll be right back alright so it's not crashing we're going to stop the benchmarking now and again we're going to be increasing it by another 50 so that should be actually 150 because we were at 100 before so this will give us 1757 for the core clock who can hit Save Changes again usually when you hit Save Changes and normally the GPU with crash after a few seconds but if it's not crashing that's a good sign that it can handle those settings and once again we're going to hit the benchmark option all right so still no crashes now we're going to jump this up to 200 megahertz and then we're going to hit Save Changes and then look in the benchmark alright so still no crashes we're going to exit out of the benchmark and I can't hit 250 I can't I should say hit 250 on this card otherwise it will crash the actual limit is 225 so for the sake of this video I'm going to keep it at 225 because anything about that will crash the GPU so my hit Save Changes is to show you guys that can handle a core clock of 1832 and I'm I have benchmarks all quick so we're getting a core clock of 1924 which is 1930 sometimes 1950 which is pretty good considering that this is the EVGA founders Edition GTX 1080 alright so once you're happy with your core clock now we're going to move down and mess with memory clock over here you guys can do again increments of 50 but to speed things up I'm going to do 100 and then move on from there so we start off with 100 hit Save Changes again same concept basically is rinse and repeat you do the benchmarking and then you cycle recycle upwards until you find the most stable memory clock so but as GP you actually maxed it out to 500 so I'm just going to put 500 here as you can see you can't dial it any more than that so I'm going to save changes I'll show you guys benchmarking so basically the settings are looking at now are the max settings for my specific GPU and of course these settings will vary depending on your GPU even if you do have the founders edition of the GTX 1080 every every graphics card is different so for my core clock I was able to achieve 1832 megahertz and for memory clock I was able to achieve 1500 which is basically max I'm definitely happy with these numbers so basically once you achieve the numbers that you're happy with you can run a more intense benchmark or a longer benchmark I think anywhere from an hour to two hours is fine but basically if you're playing a game let's say and your GPU crashes obviously the settings you have is a little too much so you have to go back on the program and dial down the the numbers a bit if you GPUs running on the hotter side like it is in this video for example it's hitting 82 degrees Celsius which is more than I would want on a GPU normally I try and aim for the low 70s which you guys can do is go to the fan profile over here click on change mode go to fixed and you can adjust the actual fan speed on your graphics card so for example I'm gonna put it around 90 percent and hit Save Changes all of you guys can hear that but the fan is on basically full blast and we can see the temperature right now lowering as we speak or as I speak I should say so this is this definitely helps the temps but in return you guys do get a much louder GPU so so yeah there definitely benefits of increasing fan speed you get obviously lower temps for GPU but at the same time you get a much louder GPU and a louder overall system so it just depends on you and the case that you have so if you ok with hearing a jet engine next to you then you can keep the fan on full blast but alright guys so that's basically how you overclock your GPU I know that was a lot of information so I'll go ahead and recap this real quick you believe the power limit alone and you would start with the core clock and increase it by increments of 50 as I've shown you in the video you hit Save Changes and then you'll run the benchmark if the GPU doesn't crash then you would go back and you would increase it by another 50 so you'd go to 100 so on so forth until you find a point where it crashes let's say it crashes at 200 well I would go back and lower it by 25 instead of 50 so then it'll be 175 and then repeat that process until you find a stable core clock once you find your stable core clock you would move down to memory clock and do the same exact thing once again you start from 50 then you go to 110 150 and 200 so let's say crashes at 400 megahertz then I would basically lower it down by 25 instead of 50 so it would be 375 instead again same process you know you would Save Changes and then when the benchmarks once you find the settings you are happy with that's when I would be to play a game for like by 30 minutes I would say I'll run a benchmark for about 30 minutes to an hour now let's say you're getting extremely low core clock and memory clock what you guys can do is mess with the power limit and you can agree to increase the bar you can even increase it up to 110 percent and then you go down and do the exact same thing for the core clock and memory clock and most of the time you will get higher clock speeds if you adjust the power limit that basically lets the gravis card bring out or receive more power than stop that's what the power limit does but yeah that's basically it guys have any questions at all feel free to drop them down in the comment section down below and feel free to experiment with this because this is really really easy to do and pretty much anybody can do it then you guys so much for watching if you enjoy this type of videos and want to see how to overclock CPU hopefully a shorter video let me know in the comment section below and I will see you guys in the next video
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