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Do I need to overclock?

It's a factory overclocked card, but the utility is there if you want to overclock further. Factory overclocking involves binning GPUs to use the ones that can reach the factory overclock, but that doesn't mean it hits its max potential.

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Hello everyone. Just a quick question. I recently bought a MSI Gaming GeForce GTX 1660 Ti. It says OC in the product name which I suppose means that is overclocked. My question is: Do I need to install the MSI software utilities to gain any advantage in gaming? I mean, if it is already overclocked why do I need an overclock utility? 

 

From the description: Boost Clock: 1830 MHz; Core Clocks: 1770 MHz

 

Thank you very much.

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the OC clock speeds are built in, no need for software


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It's a factory overclocked card, but the utility is there if you want to overclock further. Factory overclocking involves binning GPUs to use the ones that can reach the factory overclock, but that doesn't mean it hits its max potential.

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like others have said, you only need the utility if you want to push the card further. I've done it in the past and don't any more because the gains are generally very small over the factory overclock. It also tends to make the GPU louder. 

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Apart from overclocking and setting fan speed curves, software can also let you tune voltage and lower voltage means less heat and temperature. It's basically "advanced mode" for your GPU, to squeeze out every bit of potential from it.


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53 minutes ago, Jurrunio said:

Apart from overclocking and setting fan speed curves, software can also let you tune voltage and lower voltage means less heat and temperature. It's basically "advanced mode" for your GPU, to squeeze out every bit of potential from it.

Plus advantage: custom user modes. Ie.: undervolted, power limited mode for browsing, desktop apps, and general usage, and an OC-d mode with raised memory clocks and gpu core clocks.

 

The GDDR6 memories are not that great for OC-ing though. But, with reasonable power&voltage setups, one can get a bit of performance increase, without compromising GPU-s lifespan. 

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1 hour ago, Vejnemojnen said:

Plus advantage: custom user modes. Ie.: undervolted, power limited mode for browsing, desktop apps, and general usage, and an OC-d mode with raised memory clocks and gpu core clocks.

 

The GDDR6 memories are not that great for OC-ing though. But, with reasonable power&voltage setups, one can get a bit of performance increase, without compromising GPU-s lifespan. 

You can definitely do all of this, but it also takes a lot of time to set it up properly your first time. If you are just looking to play games and web browse you are fine at the default settings. If you like tinkering then go ham. 

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25 minutes ago, Sorenson said:

You can definitely do all of this, but it also takes a lot of time to set it up properly your first time. If you are just looking to play games and web browse you are fine at the default settings. If you like tinkering then go ham. 

:) where's the fun in that? Buying hw and not tinkering it? Sounds dull.

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