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Nate152
Moderator
Hi everyone !

If you've recently purchased an ROG Strix GTX 1070 and are new to overclocking, here is a little guide that will have it running at it's maximum performance. You will need a gpu overclocking tool and GPU Tweak II is a good one to use, here is a link to get the latest version.

Select your operating system then click utilities, as of now v1.3.1.2 is the latest version.

http://support.asus.com.cn/download.aspx?SLanguage=en&p=9&m=GPUTweak+II&hashedid=n%2fa&_ga=1.2788006...

You will also need a gpu stress testing program and Unigine Valley I find is a good program to use, click the free download.

http://unigine.com/products/benchmarks/valley/

Overclocking your gpu can take a little time but to get your gpu overclocked quickly you can try my settings and see how they work for you. You'll have to enable the "Overclocking range enhancement" to get more out of the memory as it overclocks very far. To do this click the gear at the top right shown in red and check the box, also check "Apply settings each time GPU Tweak starts", this will keep your overclock settings and apply them when you start GPU Tweak. I disabled the GPU Tweak II Startup and Monitor Startup as it only needs to be running while playing games. Simply start GPU Tweak before playing any game.

Like this then click apply

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Now click Home at the top then click professional mode at the bottom right and it looks like this below. Slide the GPU Voltage all the way to the right until it shows 100 and slide the Power Target all the way to the right until it shows 120, under GPU Boost Clock select manual and slide it to +33MHZ until it shows 1868MHz, then slide the Memory Clock to +1334MHz until it shows 9342MHz and click apply. These settings are for the Strix 1070 OC, if you have the standard Strix 1070 you should be able to go a little higher with the GPU Boost Clock.



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To keep your Strix 1070 as cool as possible you'll want to set a fan curve, 70% is the highest it will go and I have mine set to be running at 70% at 60c. Under Fan Speed select "User Define" then click the little gear to the right and it shows this below. Move the little red boxes with your mouse to your desired temp and fan speed, 60 at the bottom is the temp and on the left is the fan speed 70%. Click save then click apply.

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Now open up the Unigine Valley GPU stress testing program, I set the resolution to 2560 x 1440, ultra settings with no antialiasing, then click Benchmark and let it run. If it crashes with the "Nvidia display driver has stopped responding", you'll need to back down the GPU Boost Clock a notch and run it until it passes, if you get artifacting (flashing dots and triangles) you'll have to back down the Memory Clock until the artifacting stops. Be sure to click apply if you make any changes.

The GPU Boost Clock doesn't stay at a constant overclock like previous gpu's, mine goes as low as 2000MHz and at times hits 2068MHz but stayed mainly at 2012MHz - 2038MHz, the Memory Clock does stay constant and runs at 9333MHz. Some gpu's may be able to overclock a little more and some a little less so don't be discouraged if you have to lower your overclock a little.

Here are the scores of the Strix 1070 in silent mode and overclocked with the settings above, the Strix 1070 in silent mode shows a max voltage of 1.062v and max temp of 67c. - 100 frames per second

Here is the link for the Tech PowerUp ROG GPU-Z if you'd like to install it, open it twice and click the sensors tab on one.

https://www.techpowerup.com/downloads/2738/techpowerup-gpu-z-v1-9-0-w-asus-rog-skin

My 6700k is overclocked to 4.75GHz during the tests.
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Overclocked the max voltage shows 1.093v and max temp shows 71c but with the fan at 70% the max temp was 61c, cooler than in silent mode and scored 111.1 frames per second. A gain of 11 frames per second which is very nice but what is really impressive is the Min. FPS going from 30.5 to 48.5 for a gain of 18 FPS. What an awesome gpu the Strix 1070 is, it performs very good at 1440p runs cool and overclocks extremely well, especially the memory.

EDIT: For those of you with micron memory there is a vbios update that helps with micron memory overclocking stability, check in GPU-Z under memory type it will tell you if you have samsung or micron memory.

ROG Strix 1070 8G standard edition.

http://www.asus.com/us/Graphics-Cards/ROG-STRIX-GTX1070-8G-GAMING/HelpDesk_Download/

ROG Strix 1070 08G OC edition

http://www.asus.com/us/Graphics-Cards/ROG-STRIX-GTX1070-O8G-GAMING/HelpDesk_Download/

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I'd like to see how well you all did and compare so please post your scores and overclocks, if you have any questions feel free to ask.
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Nate152
Moderator
All right, yeah the BCLK overclocks well with skylake, I'll see if I can track down the bios for your motherboard.

I ran the test at Extreme HD 1080p and you scored higher. 🙂

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AbyXzss
Level 7
Nate152 wrote:
All right, yeah the BCLK overclocks well with skylake, I'll see if I can track down the bios for your motherboard.

I ran the test at Extreme HD 1080p and you scored higher. 🙂

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Thanks Nate, Those results exist because of your help. And If you can somehow track the non K BIOS for z170 pro gaming aura, that would be a very big help not only for me but to other's as well.
Nate152
Moderator
I got some news and it's not so good.

I am unable to find a non k OC bios, I found one for the z170 pro gaming but not the pro gaming aura and I'm not 100% sure it will work. I'm not going to tell you to install something that might not work with your motherboard or possibly even brick it.
dodge776
Level 7
Nate152 wrote:
Hi dodge775

Welcome to the ROG forum !

That looks good with the 3770k, you're not far behind and I bet gaming performance is great !

Haha yeah Asus has the cooling down for sure, the ROG Strix 1070 is the coolest running gpu I've ever owned.


Thanks Nate! Have gone through many posts and you're great helping everyone out here in the forums!

Would you know, if I increased the core voltage would I get a better mem o/c, or is that solely for the GPU only?
prime8852
Level 7
Hello, thanks for the guide! I have the ram set to 8992MHZ (Micron ram with updated bios) any higher and I get thick bars with dots in them (artifacting). I am currently at 1907mhz on the core and it gets to the second scene I get the error unigine valley benchmark has stopped working. When you press close program it's all fine. You said to look out for "Nvidia display driver has stopped responding" not Unigine crashing. Does this mean that my overclock is too high or a problem with Unigine? I was previously on 1897mhz and it crashed on the last scene (18) so i closed the program down and ran Unigine again and it completed the benchmark, I've tried it this time and it won't complete. Any help is appreciated thanks in advance. I have a 6700k at 4.7ghz.
vdragon69123
Level 7
So I've always felt that my strix 1070 non OC version (my power target only goes to 112) should be performing better. I followed Nate's overclocking guide (very easy to understand btw, thanks for that), but I'm still getting way lower scores than everyone on here. I have my i76700K OCed to 4.4 btw. Anyway, here are the results that I got after following the guide. I'm pretty new to Overclocking and the like, so sorry that I don't have a technical explanation of what I think is going on. Nate152, you seemed to help a lot of people on here, I was wondering if you have an opinion on what could be going on with my card?
WorriedElk
Level 7
Hey, thanks for a great guide!

I have the 1070 non OC version, however whenever i try to use Valley the program crashes after 5-9 scenes... Anyway, Firestrike worked without any issues and here are my results!

Low score = no OC

High score = OC CPU & GPU

*EDIT* I forgot to mention I also have the Micron memory.

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Nate152
Moderator
dodge776 wrote:
Thanks Nate! Have gone through many posts and you're great helping everyone out here in the forums!

Would you know, if I increased the core voltage would I get a better mem o/c, or is that solely for the GPU only?


Hi dodge

The voltage is for pretty much the core clock, the matrix platinum gpu's have a memory voltage slider for overclocking the memory further.

Get what you can and be happy, my memory overclocks good but i can only get +33MHz on the core clock with 100% voltage.
Nate152
Moderator
prime8852 wrote:
Hello, thanks for the guide! I have the ram set to 8992MHZ (Micron ram with updated bios) any higher and I get thick bars with dots in them (artifacting). I am currently at 1907mhz on the core and it gets to the second scene I get the error unigine valley benchmark has stopped working. When you press close program it's all fine. You said to look out for "Nvidia display driver has stopped responding" not Unigine crashing. Does this mean that my overclock is too high or a problem with Unigine? I was previously on 1897mhz and it crashed on the last scene (18) so i closed the program down and ran Unigine again and it completed the benchmark, I've tried it this time and it won't complete. Any help is appreciated thanks in advance. I have a 6700k at 4.7ghz.


Hi Prime,

Nice cpu overclock !

Yep, if the benchmark is crashing to the desktop it's likely the Boost Clock is still a little too high, back it off a notch or two until it passes.
Nate152
Moderator
vdragon69123 wrote:
So I've always felt that my strix 1070 non OC version (my power target only goes to 112) should be performing better. I followed Nate's overclocking guide (very easy to understand btw, thanks for that), but I'm still getting way lower scores than everyone on here. I have my i76700K OCed to 4.4 btw. Anyway, here are the results that I got after following the guide. I'm pretty new to Overclocking and the like, so sorry that I don't have a technical explanation of what I think is going on. Nate152, you seemed to help a lot of people on here, I was wondering if you have an opinion on what could be going on with my card?


Hi vdragon

Welcome to the ROG forum !

Did you run the benchmark at 2560 x 1440 resolution, ultra settings with antialising turned off ? I can't see the settings on your benchmark page.

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