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Best settings for a Hercules 3D Prophets GTS Pro

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Mictlan

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I want to overclock the hercules, but what should I do first overclock the AGP or overclock the card itself?

How high should I overclock the RAM? I have read that overclocking the core its not worth it, so I'm leaving it at default.

Also, do I need to change the original fan? Should I put ARtic Silver epoxy to all the heatsinks?
 

supergenius74

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I have a Prophet 2 Pro and I didn't mess with the factory heatsinks. However I did pop off the factory core heatsink and put arctic silver paste on it. The deal with geforce cards is speed is determined by a ratio of chip speed and memory speed. Standard ddr GTS cards are clocked at 200 core and 333 memory and most people who have oveclocked these cards couldn't get a mazor speed increase by changing the core because the memory was actually underclocked. Then there is the Pro card which basically has Ultra ram on it to fix the problem and it does. Now if you overclock the memory and the core simotaneously you will get a good improvement so doing just one is not as benificial. I used the the hercules tweaker program and got mine up to 250 core 470 memory, if I had changed to higher performance cooling I could have went a bit higher but it doesn't justify risking breaking anything on the card. At these settings I get an average of 70 FPS on Demo 1 on quake 3A with 1280 x 1024 x 32 with all settings at max, looks good and runs FAST!
 

Door Knob

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supergenius74 (May 04, 2001 03:17 p.m.):
I have a Prophet 2 Pro and I didn't mess with the factory heatsinks. However I did pop off the factory core heatsink and put arctic silver paste on it. The deal with geforce cards is speed is determined by a ratio of chip speed and memory speed. Standard ddr GTS cards are clocked at 200 core and 333 memory and most people who have oveclocked these cards couldn't get a mazor speed increase by changing the core because the memory was actually underclocked. Then there is the Pro card which basically has Ultra ram on it to fix the problem and it does. Now if you overclock the memory and the core simotaneously you will get a good improvement so doing just one is not as benificial. I used the the hercules tweaker program and got mine up to 250 core 470 memory, if I had changed to higher performance cooling I could have went a bit higher but it doesn't justify risking breaking anything on the card. At these settings I get an average of 70 FPS on Demo 1 on quake 3A with 1280 x 1024 x 32 with all settings at max, looks good and runs FAST!

Your numbers seem REALLY high. To the point where I think you are confussed (especially on the ram).

Good numbers for you to try are a 220 core (raising it doesn't do that much anyways, its all in the memory) and 380 memory (470 is wrong). The more you can get out of your memory the better though. Keep raising slowly till you get problems then go back down to the last stable incriment. Memory bandwidth makes a huge difference with these cards.
 

Door Knob

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Also what do you mean by overclocking the agp. Overclocking the fsb will raise the agp but will raise the buss speed of everything else on your motherboard as well (this is how us intel guys overclock). Most people when talking about their overclocked graphics cards are doing it on overclocked systems as well. Doing both is the way to go for some good performance gains.
 
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Mictlan

Mictlan

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Let me explain. I'm overclocking my system first. Currently I'm at 115 MHz with a 550E Pentium III. That's 616 MHz. As my mobo (an Iwill BD100+) only has 1:1 and 1:2/3 ratio for the AGP bus, the AGP bus is right now 75 MHz.

I asked if a GeForce II GTS Pro can handle offspec AGP bus speed, and the general consensum was that it could handle 100 MHz with ease.

What I'm planning to reach 150 MHz of FSB, 100 MHz AGP bus...if my computer allow this. When I reach this I'm going to overclock the GPU. (That's a lot of work and fun :) :p :) )

Well, that will explain some of my questions. One more thing, I just check my videocard and some that the GPU heatsink is bolted by two plastic pressure screws, so removing it and putting some artic silver will be very easy, but I'm still wondering if a should buy a blue orb and installing it instead of the retail fan? Is the blue orb good? It will look cool with the Hercules design (tha card is cobalt blue, the heatsinks neon blue), don't you think?