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    Overclocking Graphics Card: Memory or Core?

    When overclocking a graphics a card (in my case a 9600), is it best to start with the memory or the core? And which would make the most difference?

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    The core

    I've never noticed a noticeable difference with upping the memory clock, but pushing the core clock makes a more significant difference.

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    Core makes the most difference iirc. Best to OC that as high as poss, then to start on the mem.
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    Thanks, will try upping the core once I get things running nice and cool.
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    Individually increasing the GPU and memory by 10%, whilst leaving the other at stock.

    418/297
    3DMark01: 16798
    3DMark03: 5827

    378/330
    3DMark01: 16599
    3DMark03: 5730

    Looks like core wins in this case, but IIRC, it is also architecture dependent. You may not get the same results as me as you have a 9600XT, whereas I've got a 9800Pro, so do some testing yourself.
    Previous System
    ||3DMark01 - 18,533|3DMark03 - 6,501|Aqua Mark 3 - 43,912|[AthonXP 2500+@ 2.4Ghz - 12*200, Radeon 9800SE (unlocked) 440/369]||

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    ||3DMark01 - 30,949|3DMark03 - 18,122|3DMark05 - 8,483|3DMark06 - 4,222|||

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