Anyone OC their monitor?

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#1 Posted by npiet1 (2325 posts) -

Is it safe?, I OC mine from 60 to 75hz and seems okay. I don't want to really push it any further in case of damage. The colours are more vibrant and makes the picture look better.

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#2 Posted by Grey_Eyed_Elf (6460 posts) -

I did through Nvidia control panel on my old 4K 40" iiyama... I managed to get 72Hz.

When it comes to overclocking nothing is guaranteed things can go wrong so do it at your own risk, I had no issues and ran that panel for a year overclocked. My new panel doesn't let me overclock past 60Hz but to be honest its hard to tell the difference between 60-75... Only when it goes above 90FPS is when I notice a smoother image, I found that out with my 160Hz display anything less than 85-90 felt like 60Hz and anything above 90Hz felt drastically better.

Personally its not worth but if after several days of having the overclock enabled you don't notice monitor artefacts or flickering then your good to go.

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#3 Posted by BassMan (10393 posts) -

@Grey_Eyed_Elf: I used to OC my old 1080p monitor from 60hz to 72hz and it was noticeably smoother. That is a 20% increase in frame rate and it is definitely worth it.

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#4 Posted by npiet1 (2325 posts) -

@Grey_Eyed_Elf: @BassMan: Yeah I was playing RE2 at 60fps just didn't look smooth. After the OC to 75hz there's a noticeable difference for me. Should I keep pushing and see how far I can get it or just leave it at 75.

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#5 Posted by BassMan (10393 posts) -

@npiet1: Keep pushing until it no longer displays an image or says "out of range".

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#6 Posted by Grey_Eyed_Elf (6460 posts) -

@npiet1: Essentially keeping adding 1Hz and testing to see if it posts and the last one that works is your monitors max.

As for the 60-75Hz thing... I guess its me, I didn't notice a difference worth jumping for until I got a 160Hz panel and then needed more than 80-90FPS in order to full notice it in games.

That said if you notice it go for it. No harm really, like I said I ran my panel for a year overclocked without issue.

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#7 Posted by XVision84 (16252 posts) -

I can OC my monitor from 144hz to 165 but what's the point? I won't notice it

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#8 Posted by npiet1 (2325 posts) -

@Grey_Eyed_Elf: @BassMan: Got to 77hz then "input not supported" So i'll just leave it at 75hz.

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#9 Posted by Grey_Eyed_Elf (6460 posts) -

@XVision84 said:

I can OC my monitor from 144hz to 165 but what's the point? I won't notice it

Yeah I had the same thing with my 160Hz panel... Its native 144Hz but you enable 160Hz through the menu, I did it simply because it was there but once you go past 120FPS diminishing returns kick in for me.

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#10 Posted by scatteh316 (10252 posts) -

I clocked my 1440p 60hz monitor to 75Hz and felt that small gain wasn't worth it.

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#11 Posted by BassMan (10393 posts) -

@scatteh316 said:

I clocked my 1440p 60hz monitor to 75Hz and felt that small gain wasn't worth it.

How wasn't it worth it? That is a 25% increase in perceivable frame rate.

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#12 Posted by Horgen (120641 posts) -

Mine won't OC at all. Even if nvidia control panel reports 70Hz, the monitor is still at 60Hz.

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#13 Edited by Yams1980 (3514 posts) -

my older 16:9 LG monitor i used to overclock from 60hz up to 74hz. Never had problems with it. It wasn't a perfect overclock though, i ran those side scrolling tests and they were not as smooth as they should be, so there were likely frames being dropped.

My current monitor doesn't overclock at all. Its a 21:9 LG Ultrawide (34UM67). Its default setting is 60hz but if i enable freesync on the monitor I can set it to 75hz in windows without even overclocking it. I've tried going over 75hz but it just doesn't work, it just says 'out of range'.

Doesn't matter at the moment, sometimes I can barely hit 75 fps in some new games anyways with a 1080gtx.

I'd like a higher refresh rate at some point if i did get a new monitor, theres some less demanding games i can easily hit over 100 fps. And even going from 60hz to 75 i can notice a lot smoother movement, i could only imagine how nice 120 or 144hz would be.

But i'd need a newer gpu and cpu also. Sometimes im even hitting cpu bottlenecks as well (4770k i7).

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#14 Posted by SameGotta (9 posts) -

I looked up monitor OCing and all I know for certain is that it will ultimately screw with your colors at the least.

You are probably wrong to say that it looks 'better'. That seems really unlikely, and doesn't make sense why that would happen. It's possible you like the new colors better, sort of when people fiddle with gamma, and maybe it's nice that it fits your personal taste, but not beyond that. As long as your monitor doesn't die you can sit with it OC'd, but know that it has downsides.

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#15 Posted by kitty (115337 posts) -

I OC'ed mine from 60hz to 120hz, it can max at 132. But well these can OC and getting passed 95hz I hear was a hit or miss. Looks like I got lucky.

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#16 Posted by skhaz (3 posts) -

I clocked my 1440p 60hz monitor to 75Hz and felt no gain at all.