Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Get MORE From Your VGA Card - Hardware Hacking!

Author: Ahmed Ali Abbasi (

Overclocking is a complex procedure tailor made for computer enthusiasts who want more for less. It is a technique used to increase the speed of a particular component (VGA, RAM, Processors) beyond stock. Stock is the bunch of default settings that are programmed into the device at the time manufacturing. Overclocking is the alteration of the "stock" to achieve better performance.


If carried out properly, overclocking is a completely harmless procedure but overdoing may lead to permanent failure of the component due to excessive heating.

Overclocking may also void the warranty of your particular component.

Now after you've considered the pros and cons, let the game begin!

In this tutorial we'll only be overclocking your VGA card so that you can enjoy your favorite game with better graphics at a faster speed!

How to overclock your VGA?

There is plenty of software out there which can overclock your components for you. But I'll use be using Riva Tuner(2.24 c) for it can overclock both ATI and Nvidia cards.

1>>Download the software at (

2.>>Extract it. Install it. After you have installed the software, you can chose whether to enable the first option(The virtual memory one) or not.

3>>Be patient as it generates a registry database.

4>>Down to business!

(a) Run Rivatuner.

(b) You will be greeted by a page composed of two sub-headings, Target Adapter(you will see the name of your vga along with other information),Driver settings.

(c) Scroll to driver settings. Her you will see a small,square tab with a right angle triangle on it(Customize).Click the tab. Six pop ups ought to appear.Click the First starting from the left(System Settings). A page will open in a different window.

(d) At the top of the page you'll see a check box followed by an Enable Driver level-hardware overclocking. Check It. A new window will pop up. Asking you to reboot,detect now or.....Click 'Detect Now' and another option to the right of the "enable driver level hardware clocking" will appear. It is currently at "Performance 2D" or whatever. Open the Drop menu and choose "performance 3d".


When you start using demanding 3d applications (e.g.: games). Make sure that the "Apply overclocking at windows startup..." is checked.

(e) You can overclock it by sliding the sliders(both of them) to the right.

(f) Slide the first core clock slider to the extreme right(IF YOU REALLY WANT A BIG BOOST). IMPORTANT: Do not Do THE SAME With the memory clock, whatever the situation may be.

(g) When you start using demanding 3d applications (e.g.: games). Make sure that the "Apply overclocking at windows startup..." is checked.

(h) Check the "apply settings at startup".

(i)  Now click Apply and then OK at the bottom of the screen.

You're done. Enjoy! But be careful! 



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