TRIXX Overclocking and Card Utility
For the overclocks, there are quite a few applications to work with but since I am reviewing a Sapphire card and since they make the card, I figured it was best to use TRIXX. TRIXX aside from being Sapphire’s overclocking software is also used for a few other things of which I will go over here.
Before I show you how to overclock, we will go over some recommendations on how to overclock starting off with the GPU. These are recommendations and not rules, that being said you will want to find your own overclock. The overclock I created potentially will not work on your card or your overclock might be much better than mine, not all GPU’s are the same. Another thing to mention is that as drivers get released and refined, overclocks could perform even better, or maybe even worse, it happens from time to time.
This upper left-hand corner shows how many Mhz the GPU is currently running at and also shows you the temperature of the GPU. The default GPU clock is 1206Mhz and the temperature at least here is at 57.0°C. I recommend overclocking is 5Mhz at a time and you can raise the GPU speed clock by click the + on the “GPU Clock” bar or – to lower the GPU Clock. I recommend writing each change down to backtrack in case you go too high.
When reach the results, write it down as I mentioned and then click “Apply” on the bottom right hand corner, but we will get there in a minute so I can show you where it’s at exactly.
During your testing, if the machine freezes or you notice artifacting or tearing (spots appearing on the screen, missing or odd-looking textures) then it’s time to raise the “Power Limit” bar. I would mention to raise the GPU Voltage as well, but this setting on this card seems to be disabled.
As you are raising the GPU Clock, you may also want to work on the Fan Speed, though I left this one on automatic. To open up the “Custom Fan Speed” section, click “Custom”, which will open up the “Custom Fan Speed” section where you can raise/lower the fan bar. As you raise the clock speeds, power limit and GPU voltages the card will get hotter.
Again, in my overclock I did not touch this setting.
If you click the “Fixed” button, it will bring up these selections where you can set the fixed fan speed. Setting this will keep the fan at the RPM you select. Unless you are setting it to max, I would not touch this.
Once you have reached a stable GPU speed that you like and achieved adequate cooling then I recommend you start working the same process on the Memory Clock.
I would recommend saving your work too, you can do this on the profiles.
You can click on any one of those numbers and click “Save” the settings.
You will want to use the same methods for Memory Clock that I mentioned for GPU Clock.
Here you will raise the “Memory Clock” slider.
Like I mentioned previously, click “Apply” to apply the settings.
So that you have an idea of how the card sounds, check this video out
This is what I came up with; let me know what you got?
Settings, will give you the following options.
Settings allows you to show effective memory clock instead of the actual clock speed, Synchronize Crossfire Cards, Set Clock on Change, Save Fan Settings with Profile, Disable ULPS (ULPS: Ultra Low Power State: a sleep state that lowers the frequencies and voltages of primary and non-primary cards to save power, it can also cause instabilities with Crossfire and single card configurations). The other settings are to be able to “Load on Windows Startup”, start TRIXX minimized and restore clocks.
There is also “Graphics Card Info” which shows you information on the card. Most of the information is static information, of course if anything did change it would update, for example when I overclocked, it showed the clock speeds.
Here are the stock settings:
And here are the overclocked settings:
This allows you to also “Save the BIOS” to store for your own purposes, give to a friend, share with the community or maybe adjust using another piece of software and reflash back to the card.
Hardware Monitor, allows you to see all of the specs of the card in real life, as you are overclocking and maybe running through games and benchmarks. Here you can see where the voltages are maybe if the benchmark fails, then make adjustments or if maybe the voltages are needlessly high, you can adjust looking through here as well.
And “Log Now” allows you to create a log to save your metrics of the sensors. Its output is similar to that of GPU-Z.
Alright then going over everything we have, I think it’s time to see just exactly what I thought of this card and my final rating.