GPU Overclocking Utilities Revisited – Part II
GPU Overclocking utilities have made GPU overclocking a piece of cake with the passage of time . In case you have not transcended the ‘geek’ world, overclocking, in layman’s term is running your hardware at greater speeds than it was designed too, although it greatly increases performance, but as a side-effect, also decreases your GPU’s life span. In the past GPU overclocking was extremely hard, mods were needed for the tiniest overclocks. Technology changed, and manufacturers started equipping better coolers, voltage regulator’s and what not, to allow your average user to overclock easily. It was made even easier with various utilities that allow real-time overclocking, which not only was safer, but easier as well. The utilities are come in handy, allowing one to set fan speed, core GPU clock’s, shader clock and various such meters to monitor the GPU.
With the passage of time, we have seen many updates regarding GPU overclocking. We have seen some great custom solution, liquid coolers and some manufacturer’s even putting in entire phase change cooling on a single GPU as of recently. At the same time, we have seen NVIDIA limiting their cards to reference design as a part of their Greenlight program by removing overclocking features or limiting voltage control to their flagship graphic parts. This stirred up alot of heat in the GPU industry but with time many consumers settled with the new program. The Greenlight program is the reason due to which we haven’t seen any GeForce GTX Titan, GeForce GTX 690 GPU in non-reference or custom variants. NVIDIA also limited manufacturer’s to offer their own custom dual chip offering which ended up the ASUS MARS III GPU getting cancelled as a showcase product only and the plans to another card under the ASUS MARS brand with dual GK110 cores getting washed out. AMD on the other hand still allows manufacturer’s to release any cards as they wish which was the reason we saw TUL made HD 7990’s before the launch of the official reference variant codenamed “Malta” in 2013.