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So you recently got your hands on a shiny new graphics card? And you want more performance than what you paid for? With both AMD and NVIDIA packing in more cards in mid-range budgets, it’s getting harder to distinguish between each other’s value. You could get 2 different GPUs at the same price but get a wildly different performance out of them. That’s where overclocking comes in. MSI Afterburner has a neat auto overclocking feature (called OC Scanner) that you can use without getting into the nitty-gritty.
We’ve previously covered CPU overclocking in our guides here, but today we’ll be focusing on getting the most performance out of your GPU. We’ll be using MSI Afterburner as it provides a vast range of tools to overclock GPUs, especially NVIDIA’s. For AMD cards, a much simpler way exists in the Radeon Software itself. Both AMD and NVIDIA have reached a point in their product cycles that there isn’t much too much gain from overclocking their cards. Tinkering with them for an excess amount of time doesn’t make much sense, so having a feature that automatically overclocks the graphics card is a godsend.
AMD Auto Overclocking with Radeon Software
When it comes to auto overclocking, AMD makes it extremely simple. Just make sure to have the latest version of Radeon Software available before starting.
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Fire up Radeon Software and head over to the ‘Performance’ tab.
Under the main ‘Performance’ tab, click on ‘Tuning’. From there, in the ‘Auto Tuning’ section you can choose any of the following:
- Undervolt GPU
- Overclock GPU
- Overclock VRAM
Well, these are quite self-explanatory, so go wild with them! Clocking on any of them will show a warning screen, after which the new changes will be applied. As for performance gains? Well, we dove deeper into that in our Radeon RX 5500 XT and 5600 XT reviews….