The software on the installation CD contained EVGA's Precision Overclocking Utility, which boasts an eye-catching user interface. The improved look from the reference driver allows control of the GPUs core, memory, shader, and fan speeds in real-time.
The help sub-system is detailed and provides useful information in regards to the software's features and capabilities.
Overclocking testing, which turned out to be a bit too aggressive with our particular model when using the "Optimal Settings" test in the reference driver.
Optimal Settings Test
General information about the GPUs hardware, software and SLI configuration.
EVGA Precision Information
The ability to control the fan speed is a must-have feature. This allows the user to fine-tune fan speed, which is important in controlling the overall fan noise generated by a system. A default of 40% seemed to be acceptable.
At 50%, fan noise started to become noticeable while the system was idling. Of course in this situation, the GPU temperature would be lower at the higher fan speed.
Fan Speed Adjustment Help
For example, with the Real-Time High Dynamic Range Image-Based Lighting benchmark running in a window on the desktop and fan speed set at 40%, the GPU temperature topped out at a toasty 75 °C. With the fan speed increased to 50%, the GPU temperature dropped to 71 °C within the first minute. After two minutes, the GPU temperature was sitting at 69 °C, where it remained during the next two minutes.
At this point, increasing the fan speed to 60% resulted in a further drop in the GPU temperature to 64 °C. In most cases, the use of headphones during gaming can drown-out the noise increase at a 60% fan speed.
At a fan speed of 75%, which is noticeable, the GPU temperature dropped to 59 °C and at 100%, the temperature leveled off at 56 °C.