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Overclocking a Voodoo 3 3000 AGP

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I have the above graphics card.

If I was to over clock it, how would I do it, and are there any significant advantages over doing it?

Also I understand that it could damage it for good, but how can you notice this before it happens?  Is there a risk of fire?

...and can it be set back to normal configuration again simply by reinstalling the drivers?
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by:compmania
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You can do it by downloading a program but it won't do very much. It might have a risk of fire if you clock it too high.

Keep it the way it is.
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by:oddbod
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Was looking for a more indepth ans sorry.  Already have the necessary download file.
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by:compmania
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If you want to overclock that bad then buy a fan before you do, cost is about $8-20 and will fit in the slot next to the V3. It will not improve the performance as much as you might think, it is like overclocking a 233mhz CPU to a 266mhz, you won't see much.

Like I said before just leave it like it is. (plus overclocking will expire the warranty)
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i have a voodoo 3 2000 and th way i overclocked it was to use the overclocking program which you said you already have. i installed the program but then wanted to keep it cool so i removed the original heatsink by putting a knife blade under the edge and prying up, but be careful where the blade rests as you might break something. after i removed it and scraped the putty off the chip i was ready to place an old pentium 133 heatsink and fan that i had laying around. i used something called future glue (radio shack part number 64-2331) around the edges of the chip to hold the heatsink on and spread a thin layer of silicon-base heatsink thermal conductive compound (radio shack part number 276-1372) on the center of the chip. if you use the future glue be careful cause it instantly bonds skin and will dry in under 10 seconds. this should provide a good heat conductivity and the glue should keep the heatsink on even in intense heat. with this setup i was able to clock it stably up to 175 mhz from its default of 143. be warned that removing the heatsink voids your warranty. then again if you dont want to remove the heatsink you can attach just a fan to the original heatsink by screwing a it down through the two holes next to the chip. in fact the overclocking didnt produce any noticable difference in my games but my benchmarks went up by 5-10 frames per second. i couldnt notice it cause the human eye cant tell the difference between anything over 40 frames per second. hope this helps.
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by:oddbod
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Can you tell me how you benchmarked it for 10 FPS higher?  Which software and where can I download it from?

How would I undo the overclocking settings, just reinstall my drivers?
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I'll wait another day for my final response to allow other to respond if I dont receive a reply.
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by:compmania
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You can download this:

http://hotfiles.zdnet.com/cgi-bin/texis/swlib/hotfiles/info.html?fcode=000VN9

Don't know if reinstalling the drivers will reset it or not, never tried it.
I don't think it would though, you would probably have to use the program again and change it back.
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