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Video Cards How-tos

This is a guide for people who aren’t shy with a soldiering iron to really unleash the Kepler-based GTX 680. It is not necessarily for the faint of heart!

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This short tutorial is based on my Gigabyte GTX470, it’s a reference card with a slightly higher GPU clock of 630 MHz. A standard GTX470 has the max GPU voltage locked at 1.087 V, but there’s an easy way to unlock up to 1.212 V. Here are some steps on how to unlock the max voltage on a GTX4xx GPU.

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Scared to use an ATI card in Linux? Had a horrible experience with ATI in Linux that resulted in 2 smashed keyboards, a broken Ubuntu 8.04 LiveCD, and three trips to your family psychiatrist? Well I did, well maybe not THAT bad, but really close. Since I started using Linux roughly two years ago, I always ran it without 3D video drivers because ATIs drivers were so hard to install and configure. I started out using Ubuntu, I believe it was 8.04, with my brand spankin’ new ATI 4870 and it was tearing it up in Windows, but as soon as I started dual booting Windows and Ubuntu, it all came crashing down. So this article is dedicated to all those broken keyboards and LiveCDs.

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Like many people out there, you’ve probably had your video card die within just a few days or even weeks of the warranty running out. If this has happened to you, don’t stress!

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I received my spanking new XFX 5870 from Newegg.com. I really don’t have vendor preference and as these cards are in high demand you have to take what you can get. The only issue with the stock XFX card and most other brands for that matter is the BIOS clock limits set by the manufacturer. This article describes how I changed this to overclock it.

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A blast from the past! This old girl needed some cooling, but had to be quiet.

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