Overclocking with MSI’s Afterburner
Afterburner is a free MSI utility which offers these very useful features:
- Overclocking tools for Nvidia and AMD cards
- Hardware monitoring
- Overvoltaging controls (which are not supported yet for the GTX 1080 Ti nor the TITAN X)
- Triple Overvoltage which provides precise control of the Core, Memory and PLL voltages (unsupported for TITAN X/GTX 1080 Ti)
- Custom Fan profiles
- FPS in-game counter for DX11/OpenGL games
- 64-bit support/Custom Skins/Multi-language support/stability testing/video capture/mobile apps
Make sure to check out our GTX 1060 overclocking evaluation.
The TITAN X OC
A 160MHz offset turned out to be the highest stable core overclock that we could achieve with all of our games with the TITAN X. Boost reaches 1949MHz and it stays steady through all of our benching with the fan at 100%. The fan is loud at this point, but it is more of a “whoosh” of air which is not an irritating whine and it keeps our GPU under 70C even on a hot day. We continue to benchmark at 100% fan because we want to have the most consistent results – something that overclockers putting the TITAN X under watercooling will easily achieve.
Pascal likes low core temperatures to achieve its maximum overclock but we were unable to cool our test room below 80F on our record-setting warm Southern California Winter day.
We settled on a 200MHz memory clock offset to reach 5200MHz (10400MHz) and our highest performance in games. Our final TITAN X overclock of an additional 160MHz to the core and 200MHz to the memory gave us a steady 1949MHz core and 5200MHz memory.