Is there any point in overclocking an X850XT, or is there any room for overclocking. And could anyone recommend a water cooling solution for this card if overclocking has a point with it?? At the moment I am looking at the Asetek Waterchill KT12-L30 or something (the LGA775 with chipset cooler and elbow mount GPU coooler, but I not sure it is compatible.) Thanks, tetraburmium.
There is not point in overclocking an X850XT other than bragging rights. My humble opinion.
Glasius is right. I have an X850 XT and the only place OCing has any real noticeable difference is benchmarking. My XT can easily handle Platinum Edition settings and on 3dMark05 it made the difference between a score of 5900 and 6200. But in a gaming environment it's hardly noticeable. I run my card at stock settings. Just look for yourself at comparissons between the two cards. The PE gets maybe a couple frames more than the standard XT. Framerates fluctuate during 3D gaming more than a couple under regular conditions. BTW I have the stock cooling and had no temp probs during OCing. If you need to water cool a video card it's because you have done voltage mods, water isn't necessary for small amounts of OCing.
Theres a point, but you run the risk of the card melting into a puddle unless you have really good cooling.
tetraburmiumIs there any point in overclocking an X850XT, or is there any room for overclocking. And could anyone recommend a water cooling solution for this card if overclocking has a point with it?? At the moment I am looking at the Asetek Waterchill KT12-L30 or something (the LGA775 with chipset cooler and elbow mount GPU coooler, but I not sure it is compatible.) Thanks, tetraburmium.
The only reason i would see for overclocking a X850XT is for better benchmark scores or just for the point of saying you have one overclocked. if you take it up to PE speeds, your not going to need water cooling on it. Like operative said, your not gonna see it in the games very much, but the benchmarks will show.
KK, thanks. I think I'll stay away from water cooling then for the moment, and I'll get a really good heatsink/fan combo for the proc. (FX55) and chipset. Any recommendations??
i just cant for the life of me see why you would want to overclock an X850XT
As everyone has said, there is no reason except for benchmarks. I don't particularly mind though, extra power is extra power. Anyway, slightly off topic but, when using the FX55 processor is it nescessary to use the registered ram modules containing "Register Chip(s)" that I've seen around, most notably on the Kingston HyperX memory site. Thanks, tetra.
i believe it is down to what motherboard you have, depending on whether you need registered ram or not, i dont know what motherboards need it/what dont
Nope, the old FX-51 required registered ram... once AMD switched over to the FX-53 and then FX-55 it went to unregistered. I'm not sure why, but its a lot easier to use this way. All the new AMD cards, the 90nm 3000+ through the 4000+ are all unregistered mem as well. I suggest you look for an old FX-53 and OC it to FX-55 speeds, or get a 90nm 4000+ rather than spend $900 on a FX-55 thatll be replaced in a few months if not weeks.