I was reminded today about a blog entry I wanted to make a while back. I discovered a cool utility called RivaTuner. It’s an overclock utility for all Nvidia cards, from the Riva128 on up. I’ve tried it out, and it’s quite slick.

It gives slider bars in your advanced graphics adapter tab. They show the current GPU and video ram clock rates, which you can adjust. My Geforce 4 Ti4200 is one of the ones with 64mb of DDR ram (the 128meg Ti4200s used SDR ram), so I can actually clock it up to ti4600 speeds without issue.

Obviously, using this may very well blow up your video card, set fire to your cat, etc, so it’s not for casual users. Me? My video card is already 2-3 years old anyway, so even if I blow it up, it’s only $50 to get a brand new one just like it. I figure I can take that chance for a 30% increase in speed.

Works on my laptop’s geforce go5200 (or whatever it’s called) also, but the cooling fan turns on and stays on immediately, so I turned that back off immediately. 😛

  1. Yeah, I have this installed on my laptop, but I am hesitant to try it out, I don’t feel like setting fire to the laptop.

  2. You can set fire to my laptop. I just turned it on for the first time in a few months, and the display which was once semi-hosed is now completely hosed. So sad, my old circa 1997 TI (with the original pre-FTC Win95a install still on it) has met its maker. Now, I just need to plug it into a monitor so I can see to drag off any old files I might want.

  3. *sheds a single tear*

    Poor laptop. Is it going to donate its body to science?

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