Date: February 18th, 2005
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product Submitted by: ATI
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL & WALKTHROUGH (cont'd)
Attached to the top right hand corner of the videocard is the 4 pin power molex connection that I mentioned earlier and the sound connection for the VIVO capabilities. Attach this sound connection to the AUX connector on your motherboard or your separate PCI sound solution.
The rear connection panel is simple with your standard VGA, the VIVO/HDTV and the DVI connection. I would have still liked to have seen dual DVI so people could take advantage of dual digital LCD monitors. I am crossing my fingers and hoping for the day that dual DVI becomes the standard and two DVI to VGA convertors are thrown into the box.
Overclocking a higher end card is usually touch and go seeing most videocard manufacturers want to have their premiere products as fast as possible right out of the box. Through testing and research they find these safe stock clock levels that will work with most of their manufactured enthusiast chips directly from the factory.
With that being said, the overclocking result I was able to obtain is as stated below:
Stock Clock Rates: 520Mhz Core / 560Mhz (1120 Mhz DDR) Memory
Overclocked Clock Rates: 555Mhz Core / 595Mhz (1190Mhz DDR) Memory
Net Overclock: 35Mhz Core / 35Mhz (70MHz DDR ) Memory
As you can see, I was not able to squeeze much more performance out of the core or the memory without having any artifacts at all. The maximum overclock in my books is when there is ZERO artifacts. If any bad pixels or image tearing was noted, the overclock was deemed a failure and the settings were lowered. I first raised the memory to its' highest level and then I moved to the core clock rates. Always get the highest memory overclock before you start to play with the core rates. Videocard memory performance will yield far greater results than any core overclock.
If you are adventurous and want to get a little extra pop out of you overclock, you could always perform a voltage mod which can be found HERE. *Disclaimer: Volt Modding your card will void your warranty completely.*