How to Use Power Strip (Sequel to GTS Over-Clock)
The software used to over-clock my GeForce2 GTS 32 MB is Power Strip, a display card over-clocking utility that is well known by the experienced end user. Now, even beginners can learn on the art of over-clocking a display card with this article on how to fully utilize Power Strip and its many functions.
After downloading Power Strip off the Internet, install the software in any directory, for example, ?C:\Program Files\Power Strip?, (without quotes), and reboot the machine. After rebooting, fire up Power Strip from the Start menu or desktop icon created. The program will start up and show you the current settings of the display card installed in your computer.
Click on ?Ok? to continue. The program will then minimize itself to the system tray (on the bottom right of your screen). You would see a small ?monitor? icon is the system tray. Right click the icon, select ?Options? and select ?Preferences? to configure Power Strip for the first time.
Under the ?Options? heading, check only ?auto load with windows? and ?auto-adjust process priority? only. Leave all other settings default. Click on ?Apply? and close the panel.Warning!
Over-clocking your display card may cause the hardware component to fail completely or void your warranty, so, do so at your own risk! To proceed to tweak the clock speeds of the core and the memory of the display card, right click the ?monitor? icon at the system tray and click on ?Performance?, then, click on ?Configure?.
A panel appears showing various tweaking options for your display card. There will be two sliders ? one for adjusting the core clock (as marked by a picture of a square-like core chip) and one for the memory clock (as marked by a picture of a rectangular ram chip with ?legs?).The settings reflect the current clocks on the display card. The Engine (core) clock and the Memory clock fields show the actual clock of the components in numerical form. The ?Engine to Memory Clock Ratio? is locked as ?Asynchronous Clocks? as default, while the recommended method for the ?Advanced Memory Timing? is ?Normal?. Leave the OpenGL Driver options as it is. Check ?Disable Support for Driver Options? and leave the other two options unchecked. After pushing up the sliders (to increase the clocks) to desirable values, click on ?Apply? to apply the clocks as standard. Close the panel. Most people encounter this problem that when they adjusted the clocks to too high a figure, the system will hang or the monitor turns blank. To resolve this issue, simply hit the ?reset? button of your computer, and hold down the ?Ctrl? key while Windows starts up. Power Strip will display a warning, and ask you whether to return the settings to default. Click ?No? and proceed to lower the clocks using the method described above.
Right click on the ?monitor? icon again at the system tray, you?ll see other options such as ?Colour Profiles?, ?Display Profiles? and ?Application Profiles?, as well as the ?Options? tab. Leave the ?Colour Profiles? option alone unless there is something wrong with the blending of the colours displayed onto the monitor. Default settings for the ?Colour Profiles? usually work fine on most display cards. ?Display Profiles? is a very useful tool for controlling the refresh rate supported by the monitors.Inside the ?Display Profiles? panel, there are options for tweaking the colour depth of the desktop, refresh rate of the monitor, and resolution. The ?Refresh Rate? option is particularly useful for stabilizing the refresh rate of monitors.
For example, I am running a resolution of 1024×768 at 32bit colour, but my 15? monitor can only support up to a refresh rate of 60 Hz in Windows. 60 Hz is definitely not a good refresh rate because the screen flickers uncontrollably and will damage the eyes in the long run. Therefore, to solve this problem, click and scroll down the field of ?Refresh Rate? to ?Discrete Timing?. Then, click on ?Advanced Timing Options?. Under ?Vertical Geometry?, adjust ONLY the refresh rate (Hz). Using this way, I was able to push my monitor up to a refresh rate of 68.290 Hz (as seen below).
Most people encounter this problem that when they increased to refresh rate to too high a figure, the monitor turns blank. To resolve this issue, simply hit the ?reset? button on your computer, and hold down the ?Ctrl? key while Windows starts up. Power Strip will display a warning, and will ask you whether to return the settings to default. Click ?No? and proceed to lower the refresh rate using the steps described above.Besides the options described above, there are many more minor options available for tweaking such as the ?Application Profiles? and many more, but the above configurations and steps cover all of the over-clocking of a display card. The other options are secondary and optional in the over-clocking of the display card, and hence, will not be discussed in this article.Contributed by: Athlon_EP
25 June 2002