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    Default Is it worth OCing PNY Geforce 6600 256mb AGP

    Hi, i need help in deciding wether or not to overclock my graphics card and whats its limits. I have Rivia Tuner (newest version) and i have figured out how to use it. If u need my pc specs to help you here they are.
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    The reason why i want to overclock is that when iam playing a high-end game like Battlefield 2 it will suddenly slow down to 15fps. Ive looked in the other possible way why it could be slowing down but i think its the graphics card

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    Default Re: Is it worth OCing PNY Geforce 6600 256mb AGP

    BF2 is slow because it is a ram hog and wants 2GB of ram to run properly at high resolutions/framerates. That extra 512MB of ram will help. That card should overclock fairly well and it is worth a shot, just take it slow and watch your temps.
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    Default Re: Is it worth OCing PNY Geforce 6600 256mb AGP

    Can u give me any links to free software that monitors temps in the pc

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    Default Re: Is it worth OCing PNY Geforce 6600 256mb AGP

    Sorry but never mind about that last quote, but can anyone tell me what the normal range for a graphics card temp when in ilde. (at the moment it is at 61c)
    THX

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    To me that sounds a bit high, although I have little experiance with 6600 setups. My 6800GT ran at about 60c when I had it so a lesser card should be cooler in my opinion, though it does have a fairly small cooler compaired to the 6800GT so I couldent tell ya any more than "It sounds a bit high."

    What kind of case airflow do you have?

    woops, missed that part of your post, yeah I personaly use speedfan for temp monitoring.
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    www.Speedfan.com
    Quote Originally Posted by UK_Karlos
    Can u give me any links to free software that monitors temps in the pc
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    Default Re: Is it worth OCing PNY Geforce 6600 256mb AGP

    Well ive tried speedfan and it carnt read any of the temps properly
    eg.
    Fan 1: 2500 rpm Temp 1: -5c
    Fan 2: 0 Temp 2: 32c
    Fan 3: 0 Temp 3: 199c
    HDD 0 Temp: 45c
    HDD 1 Temp: 25c

    Its very strange but i use rivia tuner to find my graphics temp. As soon as i turn my pc on i load rivia then check the graphics temp and it will climb to 60c and stay there(without overclocking) then when i play a game like NFS: MW it can reach 80c in some cases. But then when i overclock it from 300mhz-329hmz GPU 500mhz-550mhz Mem the temp will still reach 80c but wont go any higher.

    Off Topic:
    When u have dual monitors will games and other 3D apps run slower and maybe increse the graphic temp

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    Default Re: Is it worth OCing PNY Geforce 6600 256mb AGP

    I am not positive, but it sounds logical that it would do to the extra workload. You should look for an aftermarket GPU cooler, that would bring down those temps a bit. THey are alittle high, but 6600's run hot. I am assuming your card is AGP so your choices will be limited. I believe Zalman makes an excellent cooler for that card and should drop your temps by quite a bit. It would be a worthwhile investement if you are not upgrading for awhile.
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    ZALMAN is the best fan to go with if u want to cool your graphics card. i was runing at 80 c before with my x800xl now iam running around 40c fulload 50c oc never higher its a great fan u should buy it

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    Quote Originally Posted by UK_Karlos
    Well ive tried speedfan and it carnt read any of the temps properly
    eg.
    Fan 1: 2500 rpm Temp 1: -5c
    Fan 2: 0 Temp 2: 32c
    Fan 3: 0 Temp 3: 199c
    HDD 0 Temp: 45c
    HDD 1 Temp: 25c
    Fan1 is your CPU FAN, temp 2 is your CPU temperature in this case, sometimes it is temp 1. Temp 1 and 3 are sensors that either dont exist or have not been configured properly. HDD 0 is your master/main hard drive temperature, HDD 1 is your second/slave hard drive temperature.



    As for your question about the second monitor... In my experiance, no, it will not increase temperatures. Some people here will probably beg to differ though.
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