can some one give me advice with my Radeon 9550 about over clocking?

By Nick Lee
Jun 4, 2005
  1. Here's my Rig,

    MSI motherboard
    Radeon 9550 (CATALYST 5.5)
    512mb DDR ram
    cd rom52x (32x burner)
    AMD Athlon(tm) XP 2200+ 1.79GHz
    40 gig samsung (not in use)
    110 gig wdc wd400
    300w power supply

    In 5 weeks i will have enough mony for these upgrades,
    that my ASUS A8V DELUXE Socket 939 VIA K8T800 Pro ATX AMD Motherboard
    Same video card
    GeIL 1GB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200) GB
    Same cd rom but i'm also getting a NEC Beige 16X DVD burner
    As for the CPU It's a AMD Athlon 64 3000+ Winchester
    Same hard drive

    In another few weeks im getting 500 watt powersuply

    First up Do yaw agree or disagree with what i'm going to get for my rig?

    Last I Read at certain web pages (I forgot what pages) That you could indeed over clock this kind of video card. If so how do overclock it?
    ... I mean is it is the system bios or can you do it from windows?
    or would I have to upgrade my BIOS, because in that case i Can just wait untill i get my new parts.
    I need some advice. ... (system Memory)this is bit of topic but what is the different typs of speed in memory, what is the timing, and whats the difference between Registered andUnbuffered memory.
  2. Nick Lee

    Nick Lee TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 111

    Can anyone help me with anything I said? ... Overclocking, ... Or even the memory?
  3. Nick Lee

    Nick Lee TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 111

    One other small qustion ... could anything bad happan if i install new drivers (video) over the old drivers? Does the system work better if you take the old drivers off than put the new drivers on? Or ... How does that work out?
  4. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388

    Ok, to oc your card you dl some utility like rivatuner(, and it has settings to help oc. I think some 9550s can be soft modded to 9600 cards, but I don't know what that involves.
    Edit: I looked and it seems that 9500's are the moddable cards not 9550. It seems that some 9550's can oc to 9600pro speeds though.

    I wouldn't get a rosewill psu, just because it's an off brand, check out antec or enermax.
    Here's a good psu.
    Here's a good psu guide.

    I think you haven't gotten many replies because oc'ing topics are supposed to be in the modding thread.(it makes sense to me though for it to be in the video section, it is about your video card).

    I haven't uninstalled my drivers when I updated. I just installed the new ones(maybe I'm doing it wrong, I haven't had trouble though). That's with a nvidia card.

    There are basically 2 types of memory now. ddr and ddr2. Amd systems don't support ddr2 yet, but intel can use either(whichever slot the motherboard has). There are also different speeds like ddr400, ddr333, ddr266, ddr533, etc. You want the fastest your motherboard can support(or faster if you overclock). Timings are like 2-2-2-5, which is for fast ddr memory, and 3-3-3-8 for slower memory. Sometimes the mfg just lists the cas value, the first digit, so 2-2-2-5 is cas 2. Ddr2 has higher latency values than ddr. It can be cas 3 or 4. I think registered memory is for servers, but I'm not 100% sure about it.
  5. Nick Lee

    Nick Lee TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 111

    Thanks you helped me. ^_^ I'll see about the clocking should be in another thread.
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