P4 1.8 ghz 1 Gig RAM ATI Radeon 9600 all in wonder graphics card 128mb Soundblaster Audiology LS Anyone familiar with this concept? Got word from an unreliable source that "unlocking your grahics card will increase your FPS dramtically". Thanks for your feedback.
i think you mean 'overclocking'
overclocking is when you run your graphics card, cpu or ram over the speed it is designed for. ie getting a 3.2ghz cpu up to 3.4ghz
overclocking can put enourmas stress on the component/s your overclocking and they will heat up, this is why overclocking requires a system with very good cooling and ventilation
if you want more details on how to overclock, then visit the Tech Discussion and post it there, where youll get more help
You can overclock your video card by using a varity of overclocking software. The key to overclocking anu pc componet is to find the SWEET SPOT. Dont expect miricles ( a slow card is a slow card ). If you have a good cooling system on your video card you can overclock it abit. Some games, like FAR CRY, dont like overclocked video cards and in certain situations can lower performance. My rule of thumb is 10% or less!! EG. GPU on video card is 400MhZ after overcloking it would be 440Mhz or less. Like I said, find the sweet spot were performance and stability meet
You can actually unlock extra pipelines on a video card, not the 9600 but, sorry :(
You can for example, flash a 9500 to a 9700 because they are theoreticly the same card, just the 9500 is a crappy version :) (in a way)
In an electical engineering course, we were taught that a bulb that burns twice as bright last half as long.
Keep that in mind, my friend.
But if that light bulb had a big ass heatsink on it, it may shine for etenity.
Nope, the constant stress degrades the filaments, and the filaments snap. Same basic concept with computer components. The heat and stress of the overclocking will degrade the circuits and eventually they will break down and the card is toast. Don't overclock, its not worth it. 95% of the time it causes more issues anyways, and even when it doesn't, the FPS gain is negligible.
-J_B-You can actually unlock extra pipelines on a video card, not the 9600 but, sorry :( You can for example, flash a 9500 to a 9700 because they are theoreticly the same card, just the 9500 is a crappy version :) (in a way)
Other way around. The 9500 with the ability to be soft modded or hardmodded makes the 9700 the crapier version. I have had the 9500 pro 128 since release. It burned the 9700 to the ground do to it being the "same" card. Just limited till it was unlocked.