The NVIDIA OC Scanner overclocking feature has been expanded to include Pascal GPUs!
The NVIDIA OC Scanner overclocking feature has been expanded to include Pascal graphics cards
With the introduction of the Turing GPU architecture in August last year, NVIDIA has brought a whole slew of graphics cards to market, from the high-end Tesla T4 GPU for AI workloads and hyperscale data centers to the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070, 2080 and 2080 Ti cards that usher in real-time ray tracing capabilities to the PC gaming market.
The company also made available its NVIDIA OC Scanner that automates the overclocking of its new Turing-based graphics cards. Our experience with this long-awaited feature was positive and it took out the guesswork required to eke out more performance from the cards. Now, owners of the previous generation Pascal-based cards will be pleased to know that NVIDIA OC Scanner is officially supported on those cards!
In a nutshell, the NVIDIA OC Scanner is an API that allows software developers to write applications that can officially overclock the supported GPUs with fear of voiding warranties. As aforementioned, NVIDIA OC Scanner is able to automate the tedious process of finding the ideal balance of voltage and clock frequency increments. OC Scanner doesn’t affect the operating frequency of the video memory, and more performance gains may be obtained from video memory overclocking.
According to the change logs of popular overclocking utility MSI Afterburner, its latest beta version support “heuristic multiplier detection in order to provide unified voltage/frequency curve control implementation for NVIDIA Pascal and newer NVIDIA GPU architectures….” With its expanded support for Pascal GPU, the NVIDIA OC Scanner can be enjoyed (via MSI Afterburner) on NVIDIA GTX 10-series and NVIDIA RTX 20-series graphics cards on 64-bit operating systems. There’s a short tutorial on how to use MSI Afterburner with NVIDIA OC Scanner here. It will be a matter of time when the new API finds its way to other overclocking utilities.