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covertghost
04-21-04, 10:11 AM
I am curious what everyone's opinion is. I have tried Gainward in the past and they aren't bad when it comes to overclocking.

Gator
04-21-04, 11:02 AM
I'm not sure it goes by brand, but rather specific model. For example the Leadtek FX5900XT is said to be a superb overclocker for it's 2.2ns memory. But I can't recall too many Leadtek's be super overclockers prior to that.

The trick to a good overclocking card, is to find one with the lowest ns speed memory possible. Core speeds are all pretty much on par unless the GPU-HSF is that much better.

oqvist
04-21-04, 11:38 AM
DIY is superior by far.

jAkUp
04-22-04, 02:10 AM
Some of the MSI's are supposly good overclockers, also, the Abit's usually are great OCr's

Carbon Unit
04-22-04, 02:18 AM
Albatron all the way

mikez
04-22-04, 02:19 AM
i hear MSI isn't good at all. dude i know with a ti4800 can barely OC it. 315/660 which is something my ti4200 can out do. heh.

astroguy
04-22-04, 03:14 AM
gainward and leadtek...
my gainward geforce3(200/460) hit 274/565

takuma
04-22-04, 07:37 AM
Yeah albatron are nice so are bfg

ScotMaelstrom
04-22-04, 05:24 PM
got a gainward 5600u here at 450\917 stable

Down1oader
04-23-04, 08:33 AM
iwth my msi fx 5900 ultra i had stock clocks of 450/850 out of the box it o/c to 520/995 thats on stock cooling and ran fine, now in order to get it running without over heating i have to run at 475-500/ by 900 odd so i think i wore it down a bit :p oh btw it flashes nicely to a msi 5950ultra but again temperature is an issue :(

Trik
04-24-04, 11:53 AM
I have a Gainward 5900, and I was able to get 475/998 so far with stable results.

Rukee
04-24-04, 01:44 PM
I have a Gainward Golden Sample FX5950u that OC`s sweet as could be. From a stock 475\950 I can do 565mhz core and 1.03mhz on the memory wiith stock cooling. Runes every game I have sept 2k4 at that speed, for 2k4 I need to drop the core to 550 and it`s fine. I might put this card on a Vapo and see what it`ll do. :)

Bluedog
04-24-04, 11:54 PM
The best I could manage on stock cooling with my eVGA 5900nu is CM: 481 / 983 MHz using Coolbits.

SH64
04-25-04, 12:50 AM
Gainward duh!

mrgoodcheese
04-25-04, 02:19 AM
That definitely would be

BFG and/or Gainward.

I've had my BFG 5900nu at 550/1000, and a Gainward 5900nu (not Golden Sample) at 540/1000.

jimmor
04-25-04, 10:19 AM
The best I could manage on stock cooling with my eVGA 5900nu is CM: 481 / 983 MHz using Coolbits.

flash it with a 5950u bios, and you will be able to run the core at 500+ and memory at 1000+. The 5950u bios raises the core voltage and uses much more relaxed memory latencies. My card runs fine at 532/1.06, but would rather play safe, just in case of the unknown, so set my Aopen 5900nu to run stock 300/500/1000 and very stable.

jimmor
04-25-04, 10:38 AM
anybody's brand of true 5900NU was best for overclocking, as it uses, the same core as a 5950u and very good 2.2ns memory chips. Its Normal speeds of 400/850 are easily raised 500+/1000+, when you flash it with a 5950u bios. All true 5900nu, 5900u and 5950u cards are based on same original design, so are pretty much capable of same max speeds. Only thing to watch for at extreme overclocks is heat. always remember a 5950u has excellent heatsinking, and its not there just for show.

Unfortunately the 5900nu is no longer in production.

Best overclockers now are usually from gainward (golden sample ultra's, etc), who have a good reputation for fitting memory chips of 2.4ns or better to their XT/SE/LX versions 5900 card, even when you will still see them advertised as having 2.8ns chips. These cards can come at stock of 400/700 and still overclock to 500/900 levels, and can usually also be flashed for better and/or more stability. With these cards, heat becomes more of an enemy, since their heatsinking is normally worse than the original 5900nu's was. So fitting better heatsinking becomes a real requirement if considering extremely overclocking them.?

chigger_ns
04-25-04, 10:05 PM
My xfx 4200ti is 315/550 oc
not bad
thats right out of the box.
came from 250/4?? somthing
:lol2:

cant remember the original ram mhz (mag)

Bluedog
04-25-04, 10:57 PM
flash it with a 5950u bios, and you will be able to run the core at 500+ and memory at 1000+. The 5950u bios raises the core voltage and uses much more relaxed memory latencies. My card runs fine at 532/1.06, but would rather play safe, just in case of the unknown, so set my Aopen 5900nu to run stock 300/500/1000 and very stable.

Not gonna risk it. I've read too many horror stories about flashing an eVGA card. Besides over 51000 in Aquamark 3 is enough for me ... until my 6800u arrives :rolleyes:

Kusanagi
05-07-04, 03:08 PM
I have my Leadtek 5950u running fine at 568/1067 in ut2k4 (didn't occur to me to try higher settings for other apps) and it never tops 54C, but 1MHz higher on either setting and 2k4 gives me wierd sort of v-shaped tearing and occasional skipping (temp. remains the same). I'm still using old drivers though, would v56.72 help with a higher oc at all?

Lfctony
05-07-04, 03:16 PM
XFX, my Ti4200 went from 250/444 to 300/580 on stock cooling.