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How to overclock your GPU? A 2021 Guide to Overclocking

by Hafsa Asim

GPU overclocking is a frequently occurring action for gamers trying to improve their gaming experience. However, if you are unfamiliar with the whys and hows of overclocking a GPU then you are in right place. 

Why Overclock a GPU?

To begin with, let’s discuss the need for overclocking a GPU, let’s address the why?

Well, it’s pretty simple, for you to have an increase in the performance, that is, an increase in the processing power of your GPU, which will translate into faster rendering for multimedia files and smoother-running games, you gotta overclock your GPU.

Sounds pretty simple right? But people are often confused about which software to use for NVIDIA and which ones to use for AMD, or in some cases, the settings are pretty confusing.

So don’t you worry because we have got you covered.

How to Overclock an NVIDIA GPU?

The process is quite simple, all you have to do is download a software called, MSI Afterburner, to get started.

  1. To begin with, download and install MSI Afterburner.
  2. When you click to open the installed software, a screen will pop up containing certain meters and intensity bars. It would look something like this. In this particular example, a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is used.  
  1. The next step is to move the power level bar to its fullest, i.e, increase the power to 100. This step will ensure that your GPU has enough power supply to work efficiently. 
  2. When you’ll increase your power, your GPU’s temperature will automatically increase. Although a GPU can operate at a maximum temperature of 105, you don’t want it to run that high as it can lead to severe damage to your PC. Make sure your temperature limit is below 90 degrees celsius. 
  3. Coming to the core clock of your GPU, there are many assumptions that it needs to be pumped to its fullest, which of course is wrong. You only need to increase the core clock a little, as it will result in drastic improvements. In this example, the core clock was increased to +122. 
  1. Since your memory clock is further going to affect your temperature, make sure you don’t overdo it. Just play a little with the settings to get the ideal results. 
  2. Lastly, leave your fan settings at Auto.
  3. You are done!

How to Overclock an AMD GPU?

There are different software to Overclock AMD graphic cards, like Radeon Software. However, we are going to be using the global walkman which is a part of the AMD setting to overclock the AMD graphic card.  

Before we begin, just make sure that you have the most recent drivers installed. 

  1. So search your computer for AMD settings, which will pop up fairly easily, then click on “Gaming” and then “Global settings”. When you click, global settings there will be 2 options available; Global Graphics and Global WattMan. Click on the “Global WattMan” and a screen will appear.
  1. As we did before, we’ll crank the power level to 100, the sliding bar is given at the bottom left corner of the page, and then hit apply to on top right corner to change the settings. Because in order to get the most of our GPU we need to give it more power so the more powerful and more volts that we send into it the better performance we can get out.
  2. Again, with the temperature, you can search for the ideal temperature for your graphics card or just make sure you keep it under 80- 90 celsius. 
  3. The core clock does not make that much of a difference to your GPU performance, however, if you want then increase only 2-3% from what it was already set at. 
  1. Moving on to the memory clock; is an important feature. Now, this is where you’re gonna have to take kind of slower and you’re gonna have to keep testing and just seeing what is a good temperature. Keep checking the temperature as you increase your memory clock by 50 units. 
  1. Once you reach your ideal memory clock speed, then just set a temperature range so that your GPU doesn’t run hot. In doing so, your fan will result in loud noises, which is nothing compared to getting your ideal GPU performance. 
  2. Make sure to click apply, after every setting change to save it. 

That‘s it! But search online about what settings will your GPU support and go by it. Try playing with your settings a little to reach your goal.

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