[section_title title=P5 : Overclocking and Temperatures]
So before we look at the benchmark results, lets see how this card overclocks. In all the benchmarks, the overclocked results have been included so you can see what kind of real world gains are seen. For overclocking, I used the EVGA Precision X utility. I cranked up the power limit to 105%, which was the maximum allowed, to obtain these results. I left all other settings to auto.
The overclocking I could achieve with this card was impressive. I could manage an extra 161MHz on the core clock and about 390MHz on the memory, which I am sure can be improved with a little more tweaking.
With these settings, I got about 10% performance gains in the Hitman Absolution benchmark. Pretty neat for something that’s free !
Temperatures and Noise :
Now lets put the cooler to test. At idle the fans are almost inaudible and keep the temperatures really low at around 36C (ambient is around 28C). Under load these temperatures rose to 64C and when overclocked, temperatures were around the 66C mark. Overall very good temperatures , specially considering the noise was almost none in all the tests.