Overclocking a GTX 970 can be done without the help of software, but that’s not all! You need a sophisticated system to test and tweak your settings to be worth your time. However, if you are serious about overclocking your GPU, here are several crucial things to keep in mind:
Section: – First off, I recommend using a HOB (usually called a water block) for your graphics card. You need two things for this to work—an additional water-cooling loop and an intake fan. These parts cost about ~$50 US each and can make everything more accessible by putting out much more heat than stock coolers. Even though some people will say that temperatures drop when dropping down from reference speeds, I don’t believe that to hold at all; there is always an upper limit on how fast your graphics card can run, no matter what cooler you use or what other tweaks you do.
Section: – Be sure to use motherboards with MOSFETs on-board so that they won’t cause problems with the amount of power being drawn by the PCIe slot; this is important because it could potentially damage other components of your motherboard if there’s too much heat being pulled by one of the PCIe slots.
Section: – It is best to have good airflow inside your case because heat will build up quickly as you increase voltage and clock speeds beyond stock levels on most graphics cards. I have my case open to ensure proper airflow in my computer builds; it also helps me hear when my fans start making noise as they spin faster while gaming at higher refresh rates/higher resolution!
Takeaway: Your motherboard needs to support OC or have quality BIOS. Check out some guides here if you want a basic understanding of overclocking.
– First, go to Nvidia Control Panel (Start > All Programs > Nvidia Control Panel)
GPUTweak.exe – then click on those tabs for options and tweaks.
– In the GPU overclocking tab, check only one box under the “advanced” section: “Use custom fan curves.”
The first thing you should do is check the box that says “Overdrive voltage control.” This will put a stock core voltage at 1.15v and disable turbo boost, which is terrible. This also means that you can’t achieve more than 20% overclock with the EVGA GTX970s because they have no cooling and are running at full load 24/7.
To fix this issue, I recommend removing all overclocking settings from your GPU by going into the NVIDIA Control Panel > Manage 3D Settings > Manage 3D Settings > Features (on some cards, it’s called something else) > Application Profiles tab and removing everything except for “Use custom fan curves.”
Check the box that says “Overdrive voltage control.” This will put a stock core voltage at 1.15v and disable turbo boost, which is terrible. This also means you can achieve up to 20% overclock with the EVGA GTX970s.
The first thing you should do is check the box that says “Overdrive voltage control.” This will put a stock core voltage at 1.15v and disable turbo boost, which is terrible. This also means you can’t achieve more than 20% overclock with the EVGA GTX970s.
Suppose you’re like me and don’t care about overclocking your card. In that case, this is not an issue for you because we only need to add an aftermarket cooler anyway (and if our goal were to get better performance from our cards, then adding an aftermarket cooler would be pointless).
– In the mem management tab, under the “advanced” section, check only one box: “Improve memory timings.” This will reduce memory latency, which is another bad idea on a graphics card. This reduces clock speed but improves memory efficiency.
– In the power management tab, under the “advanced” section, uncheck “Prefer maximum performance,” but keep “Adaptive power management.” Both of these are good for gaming and don’t have any downsides for overclocking.
Your board needs to support OC or have a well-tuned BIOS for it to work. Try different BIOS versions to see if there’s an improvement or not. You can also use EVGA Precision X to overclock your GPU beyond stock speeds from your BIOS.
The first thing you should do is try and find a good BIOS. This can be done by looking at forums or asking in this article’s comments section.
Once you’ve found a good BIOS, install it and wipe everything off your PC before overclocking!
If you want to know how to use a good BIOS and overclock with one, check out our guide here: https://www.techpowerup.com/forums/threads/how-to-overclock-the-gtx970-video-card.
Thank you for reading this guide. I know it wasn’t some long-winded read, but everyone must know how to overclock their GPU. Also, if you have anything you would like me to add/change or questions on anything, please let me know so I can improve this post and make it better for everyone in the future.
I will create a video tutorial on how to overclock your GTX 970/980 as soon as I get my hands on a copy of MSI Afterburner, which is coming soon! If you want it sooner than that, please comment below and let me know what card your using.
If you want more info on overclocking your graphics cards, check out the Nvidia website: