Advice 1: How to overclock a graphics card in the BIOS

The whole point of overclocking is to change the frequency of the cores and memory. One of the ways of dispersal (overclocking) – change (flashing) the BIOS. It BIOS contains the nominal frequencies of the memory and chip. Flashing the BIOS frees you from programming errors occurring when using various utilities (tweakers), modify the settings of the graphics card each time you boot the system.
How to overclock a graphics card in the BIOS
You will need
  • Computer, video card, utility X-BIOS Editor or BIOSEdit, the test program 3DMark, the Internet, floppy disk or USB flash drive
Instruction
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Download the BIOS image from the manufacturer. Ready firmware can be found on the Internet sites, for example, www.radeon2.ru.
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Create in case of possible unforeseen situations floppy disk or flash for BIOS recovery. On the Internet you can easily find a variety of images to create it.
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When the computer starts enter the BIOS to correct the settings. The key combination to enter depends on the model of the motherboard. To learn it easily from the boot menu. Usually this key is DEL or F2.
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After login, configure the system so that loading happened from the floppy (or flash drive), set the polling order of the disks in the first place your drive. Save the changes and reboot the machine.
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In the popup after booting from flash or floppy disk menu, select save current BIOS firmware. Usually it sounds like "Backup VGABIOS". On a floppy disk or flash drive will create a backup file of your BIOS. Now, even in the case of failed firmware, you'll be able to recover the card for a few minutes.
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Boot the computer from the hard drive. Using utility cards NVIDIA X-BIOS Editor or BIOSEdit for ATI cards, change the contents of a native or downloaded from the Internet BIOS. To this end, the program window in the tab "Initialization", edit the values of the frequencies. For stable operation, should experience increased values on some test program like 3DMark, and only then change the values in the BIOS.
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Save the edited firmware file to your diskette or flash drive with the name new.bin. Boot the computer from floppy disk. In the menu select "Update VGABIOS". It is very important not to overload and not to turn off the computer until you have finished flashing. In the final reboot, and then check the result.
Note
Remember! Pereproshivka the BIOS – the issue is more than serious. Even a small mistake will cause a lot of problems.

Advice 2 : How to know the capacity of your video card

A powerful modern video card consumes a decent amount of energy. This indicator is called the power, measured in watts, is not always the same. The level of consumption depends on the load on the graphics card.
How to know the capacity of your video card
You will need
  • computer;
  • - Internet;
  • browser.
Instruction
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If you are faced with a situation where the computer suddenly turned off in the game or viewing high-quality video, one of the reasons for this behavior may be the lack of power. That is installed is not powerful enough power supply in the system unit. To calculate what model power supply your computer requires, first of all it is necessary to know the power of your graphics card. View the model of your graphics card. This information you can find in warranty certificate. If this is not an option, run the DirectX utility or device Manager.
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Start a browser and type in the search engine model of your graphics card. For example, the HD 6950 from the manufacturer Gigabyte. Select the link that leads to the website of the manufacturer of your video card. Visit the original website, as the Russian-speaking variant of a site, the information may be incomplete.
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Find the description of the video card (Overview) or its specification). Look for the words " System power supply requirement, in our case it is 500 W. Thus, the power of the Gigabyte HD 6950 — 500 watts. This is not permanent consumption, and the index, taken "oversized", that is, even during maximum loads allocated to the video card, 500 watt would be sufficient.
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If you are unable to find the necessary information on the manufacturer's website, look for reviews and tests on sites with computer issues. So, the link http://www.3dnews.ru/news/potreblyaemaya_moshnost_73_videokart/ you will find the output more than 70 cards in various tests.
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Conscientious sellers and collectors include the power adapter and select the appropriate accessories to it. However, it is useful to know how much power is consumed by your video card.

Advice 3 : How to improve graphics card

To improve the performance of your video card, you can use a variety of techniques. Unfortunately, for best effect it is recommended to install a more powerful graphics card.
How to improve graphics card
Instruction
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If you want to improve the performance of the integrated graphics card, first configure the parameters of its work. For a start, reduce the screen resolution for a specific application. Now open a program that allows you to configure the settings of your graphics card. Go to menu settings 3D applications.
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Find "Anisotropic filtering" and set it to the parameter "per-Pixel samples". Now locate the menu "Level of detail multiple images" and move the slider to "High performance". In the menu "Vertical sync" or "Wait for vertical refresh" set to "Always off".
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In settings Open GL settings, select or clear the check mark from "Triple buffering". Save the settings of the graphics card. Remember that integrated video card is powered by the CPU and RAM. Increase memory RAM. For maximum performance your video card the necessary amount of memory three times greater than the maximum amount of memory your video card.
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If you need to improve discrete VGA card, then the only possible method, in addition to software, this is her replacement. Select the new video cardwith the right port to connect to your motherboard.
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Buy a new video card and connect it to your laptop or desktop computer. If you are dealing with mobile computer, you must make sure that his motherboard actually has a slot to connect a discrete graphics card. Naturally, special attention to the size of the video card. Not all graphics cards fit into certain models of laptops. Be sure to update the software after installing a new video card.

Advice 4 : How to find out the frequency of the video card

Any modern discrete graphics card has its own frequency. Frequency has both the graphics adapter and its memory. The higher these numbers, the more powerful your graphics card. Also when overclocking the Board need to rely on the factory settings, memory frequency and CPU card and on this basis to deal with its acceleration.
How to find out the frequency of the video card
You will need
  • computer;
  • - Catalyst control center;
  • program RivaTuner.
Instruction
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If you are owner of graphics card from ATI, it is likely that no additional programs you do not need. In the set of drivers for this graphics card includes the Catalyst control center. If you have not already installed, install it from the disk with the drivers. Also can download this software from the company website. You need to download one of the latest versions of the program.
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Run Catalyst control center. If you start the program first, then select "Advanced" and proceed further. Then in the main program menu click on the upper arrow and in the menu that appears after this click ATI Overdrive. A window will appear in which two strips, which will be to the right of the number. Indicator is on the right near the top strip is the frequency of the processor card. The indicator near the bottom strips is the frequency of the video memory of the graphics card.
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Also to know the frequency of operation of the video card using the program RivaTuner. This method is ideal for owners of graphics cards like ATI, and nVidia. The program RivaTuner can be easily found on the Internet. It is totally free, supported by Russian interface. Install the software on a hard disk of the computer.
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Run RivaTuner. Then click on the arrow that is next to "Configure". There will be several icons. When you hover over the icon the mouse cursor, there inscription. Select the icon labeled "Diagnostic report". A window will appear, which will be divided into two parts. In the bottom of the window slide to the bottom. Now find the line "core Frequency". The indicator, which will correspond to this line is the frequency of the processor. Below is the string "memory Frequency". Accordingly, the index in this string is the memory frequency that runs your graphics card. If necessary, click on the diskette that is located below, you can save the report in a text document.

Advice 5 : How to speed up a graphics card

Computer components are manufactured with some "safety margin". That is graphics card or processor, designed for standard speed, can operate a little faster. This leads to accelerated wear, but allows you to squeeze everything possible from the computer. Of course, one should not expect a big increase, but 10-20% more speed is achievable.
How to speed up a graphics card
Instruction
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Download the program to configure settings for the graphics card. The graphics drivers from AMD has long has a special option to adjust the frequency of the cores and video memory. Similar opportunities also exist in the driver for Geforce graphics cards from nVidia. Despite this, one of the best ways to speed up a graphics card is deservedly considered a utility MSI Afterburner.
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Start any browser and navigate to http://event.msi.com/vga/afterburner/download.htm. You will be redirected to download page software installation package. Click on the Download link and wait for the download to complete. If you want you can find other sources, but this is the official website of the project where always available the latest version of the utility.
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Install Afterburner. Double-click on the downloaded file and follow the installation wizard questions. If in doubt about the settings, just press Next or "Next" until until you see the message end of installation and click Finish or done.
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Run MSI Afterburner. By default, after installation the program will automatically open. If this happens, click the icon in the form of a plane with the caption Afterburner on the desktop. Will open the main application window and panel diagnostics, which shows the current frequency of the processor, memory, temperature and fan speed, if your graphics card sends the data.
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Configure the desired parameters to speed up the graphics card. The two most important values which depend on the speed of your graphics accelerator is the core clock and the memory clock. In the Central part of the tool window you will see two sliders, signed by both Core Clock and Memory Clock, respectively, they represent the core frequency and memory. To the right of these switches, the box is green, shows the current or default frequency.
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Move the sliders or enter the desired value directly in the window frequency, and then press the Apply button to apply the settings. Be careful and increase the frequency gradually, in small steps. After applying the settings, run the test the stability of the graphics card.
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To do this, click the "K" in the upper left corner of the tool window. Starts built-in test Kombustor — about five or ten minutes of work is enough to carry out an initial stability test. If the computer does not hang in the process, then you can increase the frequency further.
Useful advice
Also monitor the temperature of the graphics card — the high heat is very harmful to electronic components. Note that the acceleration components, or "dispersal," is not approved by the manufacturer in the event of a breakdown you will be denied warranty repairs or replacement.
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