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saphhire radeon 9550 128MB

narcx

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hi, first of all i'm going to apologise for asking about the 9550. i probably read half the threads around here but im still confused. i recently got myself a saphhire radeon 9550 128MB card and i know nothing about overclocking. i downloaded and installed the softmod package and the atitool. i've checked the remove lock option box and ran the 'find max core' and aborted it at 280mhz. i havent done anything to the card, no additional fans or heatsink, but using only the stock fan (with the little blue light thingy). i want to know how high can i overclock the core speed without damaging the card? without having to get a better fan or anything. please help! thanks! :)
 
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Hmm... looks like you have the same card as mine.. but maybe your card have 4ns Samsung memory chip I presume..? (Mine's Samsung 5ns :()

As for the core/GPU speed.. you could easily reach 400MHz with the stock heatsink/fan (with 3 blue LED thingy underneath the fan :D) that comes with the card.. I've done that before but I would strongly recommend that you get a good cooler fan if you decided to keep your card running continously at such high speed...
 

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which means....... if i OC my core to 400mhz and stick with my stock fan there might be possible problems? what can happen?
 
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nah, the stock cooler is good up to 400mhz, all the pro card used the same cooler and their stock speed is 400mhz, i do suggest a new cooler just to be on the safe side, you should get a silencer or any cooler that will fit on other cards incase you wanna upgrade later.
 

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Not much of a problem really, but I wouldn't recommend you overclock your GPU with such a small heatsink fan.. although, personally, I have no problems with it before.. but the heatsink does feel quite hot after long game play.. but it should be OK if you keep a good air flow in your casing..

If you're going to get a better cooling.. I think you should avoid the Vantec Iceberq4 because it can't fit mine due to several interference between the on-board components like the capacitor and the cooler itself..
 
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there are only several cooler that will fit the 9550, unfortunaly they are all expensive, the cheapest one is the regular iceberg, it's better than the stock but i didn't like it becasue the fan was kindda small, but if you want a cheap solution, that's your best bet.
 

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I can't seem to get the regular Iceberq around my country.. so I've got stuck with a medium-sized el'cheapo generic GPU cooler that is custom-modded to fit onto my card (it's a hard job to measure and cut out the parts that interfere with my card, but it's worth it).. :D