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Today we will tell you all about GPU overclocking ... The most important thing is how to overclock, and also briefly explain what it is and how it works. Any questions about GPU overclocking should be answered in this article, but if you have any questions, please comment below.

(If for whatever reason you're reading this article and don't have a GPU yet ... check out our overview of the best graphics cards)

First, let's define "overclocking" for beginners. The effective speed of

hardware components can be measured in a number of ways. For processors, especially CPU and GPU (yes, GPU is a processor), this is measured in "megahertz" and is called "clock speed". The early

processors could only push a few hundred MHz, but in recent years we have seen CPU push to 4 GHz, GPU also started to push 2 GHz, at least at the high end. Although these technologies differ in many ways, they are all measured in megahertz (MHz). Increasing this number above the default value is called overclocking.

You can view our CPU overclocking guide here. The idea of

overclocking is to improve the performance of your components by increasing its clock speed. However, this will result in increased temperature, increased power consumption, system instability, and in severe cases, system damage. Doing it right, overclocking is harmless, especially for your GPU... not doing it right can cause lasting damage to your system.

If you want to learn more about overclocking your PC and whether it's worth it, click here to read our article on the subject.

Once you are sure you want to continue, please continue, we will teach you how to overclock your GPU.

Before we worry about overclocking, we first need to make sure that you know what you are dealing with (ie your PC specifications) and that everything is up to date.

Download and install Speccy. Speccy will list your exact specifications, including the most important thing here: your GPU. If you don't even know what graphics card you're running, you can't even hope to start overclocking your GPU!

Fortunately for me, Speccy reported my exact GPU-Nvidia GTX 760. However, if you are not so lucky, you may end up with a result similar to that of the "AMD RX 500 series". Technically this may be exact, but it won't limit you to the exact GPU you're using. Fortunately, you can still get the name of the GPU manufacturer, which means you can find out what your exact GPU is in the next section ...

Now it's time to update the driver! If you see "AMD", "Radeon" or "RX / R9 / R7 / R3" under the Speccy graphic title, it's time to move on to the Radeon software section. If you see "Nvidia", "GeForce", "GTX" or "RTX" under the graphics heading, continue to the GeForce Experience section.

GeForce Experience (Nvidia)

Use the link above to download and install GeForce Experience. Once you open it, it should automatically update your driver.

If you are trying to overclock your Nvidia GPU and you didn't get the exact results before, this will also help you show the exact graphics card you are running. For example, in my GeForce Experience window, I have this:

If I get a vague result, like "GTX 700 series", this is exactly what I need. As long as GeForce Experience can recognize your GPU, you should be able to proceed to the "Install an overclocking program" section.

Radeon Software (AMD)

If you are using the AMD GPU, go ahead and click the link above to download the Radeon software for your system. Once you open it, it will automatically update your drivers (assuming they are out of date).

Also, just like GeForce Experience, you will be able to see the listed specs and the exact GPU (among other things). For a more precise tour of where to find the exact GPU, check out AMD's guide on this topic.

Once you know which GPU you are using, continue to the next section.

Now is the exciting part: choose an overclocking program!

For simplicity and cross compatibility, we will use MSI Afterburner. However, if you use any other utility, you should be able to follow the guide. Don't worry; none of the following procedures will affect your overclocking quality. This is mainly small things, such as visual differences.

MSI Afterburner (all)

We will use MSI Afterburner because it is an industry standard and compatible with any GPU (AMD or Nvidia), even if MSI is not a manufacturer. However, it provides additional features for MSI GPUs, so if you want to get the most out of MSI GPUs, go for this one. We will introduce in detail how to use MSI Afterburner in the next part.

EVGA PrecisionX (Nvidia)

EVGA PrecisionX only supports Nvidia GPUs and, like Afterburner, has some additional features reserved for GPUs made specifically for EVGA. However, unless you're running an EVGA GPU, there's no real reason to choose it over Afterburner ... unless you prefer its look.

Now before you get over yourself ... you should stop and do some research. Now that you know which GPU you are using and (hopefully) the manufacturer, you should start looking for overclocking results on the web.

For example, based on my previous Speccy results, I know that I am using Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 made by MSI. So I'll google "overclocking MSI GTX 760" to find people with similar GPUs so I can see their overclocking results. In this case, a quick search led me to this article, which showed that my GPU was overclocked by technical critics. Please note that this

Adjust up and down according to your own test results.

Of course you still need to adjust some things, because different components will give you different results. In addition, the way your GPU overclocks depends not only on your graphics card and its age, but also on other factors that you have no control over. Thanks to the so-called "silicon lottery", some chips will have amazing overclocking room, while others will have very, very little.

Don't skip this step; it's important to know where to start!

Before any overclocking, please click "Save" and save to profile 1. If there are any issues, you want to be able to quickly go back to inventory settings.

Perform the first test overclocking setup, click Save and save to setup file 2. Keep Afterburner open and continue testing ...

There are two ways to test your GPU overclocking. There is a "hands-on" approach, which is to run a GPU stress test or two to see what happens. Another "stupid" way to

is to jump right into your favorite game ... and risk crashing or getting disconnected in the middle of the game. This will result in loss of save progress, matching bans, etc.

You know. You will need to read our GPU stress testing guide and follow the steps we listed there to test its overclocking. Whenever you don't pass the test, come back here and reduce the settings by a level or two. Do this until you reach stability and then test the water by making smaller increments and running tests until you reach the perfect overclock.

You can use my GPU to see my perfect OC, as follows:

Yes, this is the image you saw earlier. But not bad for such an old GPU, right?

If you are looking for a quick and easy solution, sorry this is not the case; Overclocking can be painful and requires a bit of effort to find the right balance.

Test configuration. If it works, push it higher. If it fails, push it down a bit and try again. Do this long enough and you will find the perfect overclocking for your system - you just need to be willing to work. Now that you know how to overclock your graphics card, we'd love to hear your results.

If you are looking for a quick and easy solution, sorry this is not the case; Overclocking can be painful and requires a bit of effort to find the right balance.

Test configuration. If it works, push it higher. If it fails, push it down a bit and try again. Do this long enough and you will find the perfect overclocking for your system - you just need to be willing to work. Now that you know how to overclock your graphics card, we'd love to hear your results.

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