Ask GN 24: Diminishing Returns on OC, GPU Temp Target, & PCIe

By Published July 28, 2016 at 1:46 pm

It's crazy to think that we've done 24 Ask GN episodes. The very first episode didn't even use our current video set – it was set in the temporary set, which featured a gray sheet against a wall and a folding card table. Content quality and quality of questions have both gone up. Be sure to leave your questions on the YouTube video for inclusion in next week's episode.

We're back today with Episode 24, which addresses diminishing returns on overclocking (and why reducing the clock can improve performance), safe RX 480 temperature targets, PCIe lanes between the chipset and CPU, and limited GTX 1080 AIB partner card differences.

00:28 Jonathan Poe: @Gamers Nexus #AskGN I am noticing that with the three 1080's I have owned so far there seems to be some scaling issues when overclocking. I would call it "diminishing returns". Basically I can manually overclock and get some extra performance, but when I push further, even if I am stable, performance drops off, and the card runs worse in benchmarking than if I hadn't overclocked at all. In the next episode of AskGN, would you be able to touch on this and educate me as to why this is the case? Thanks!?

03:36 Teh Penguin: What would you consider to be the maximal, safe, target temperature for the RX480? The goal is to have a card that operates as quietly as possible w/o a fire hazard.?

4:59 RezzaNL: Hi GN,

I have a question. Planing on building a new rig as GPU I am thinking about zotac 1080. Should I go with amp? or amp extreme? Does it really worth the extra money??

07:23 ThatShittyChannel: What does that spec "PCI lanes" in CPUs mean? One dude told me that it means more bandwidth for sli config so that's why you need a high end CPU for sli. Is it true??

10:37 FamousKiller: Hey Steve what pc do you have? Can you say the specs and show a photo of it? If you do have then does your job leave enough time for you to be able to play games??

14:43 Super Mario: Steve i'm going bald, any advice??

Host: Steve “Lelldorianx” Burke
Video Producer: Andrew “ColossalCake” Coleman

Steve Burke

Steve started GamersNexus back when it was just a cool name, and now it's grown into an expansive website with an overwhelming amount of features. He recalls his first difficult decision with GN's direction: "I didn't know whether or not I wanted 'Gamers' to have a possessive apostrophe -- I mean, grammatically it should, but I didn't like it in the name. It was ugly. I also had people who were typing apostrophes into the address bar - sigh. It made sense to just leave it as 'Gamers.'"

First world problems, Steve. First world problems.

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