Today I bring a tutorial (very basic) how to perform OC in your GTX 1060 (or any other Nvidia video card), for AMD will be doing a tutorial later because several steps have to be taken.
The GTX 1060 is a card very common among the gamer community, as it offers very good performance at a low price, with moderate power consumption for a GPU of these characteristics.
Before starting, I want to say that my GTX 1060 offers 19.7 mh / s with the original configuration.
After performing the OC it remains between 24.5-25 Mh / s in ETC. (about 25% more mine power, not bad).
First of all, make sure your GPU drives are up to date, you can look for the latest version of the drivers at https://www.geforce.com/drivers (or you can use google to get the official nvidia or geforce page from your country).
Once the drivers have been installed, you should download MSI after Burner (you can perform the Over clock with other programs, but this is the one that has given me the best results, so I recommend it). Here is the link from the official website https://www.msi.com/page/afterburner.
Once installed, it is recommended to download a stress test, Basically what it does is to test the stability of the OC to avoid crashes of the computer. I recommend using Valley Benchmark, you can use any other of your taste. (you can also skip this step, but it is at your own risk). here is the link https://benchmark.unigine.com/valley
Now comes the time of OverClock, which consists of demanding more of our GPU more power than the one previously configured. I want to warn you that doing this may end up shortening the useful life of your GPU (in my case I have never damaged a GPU, but it does not mean that it will not happen to me in the future). The operating temperatures of the GPU will be increased once you complete the OC.
Well, Open MSI After Burner, and make sure that the “start at startup windows” option is disabled, at least for now. Once you have it, I want to tell you that there are several ways to make your OverClock, one is for games, and another is for mining. Here I will only explain the OC for mining.
The first thing to do is to make increments in the bar of “Memory Clock” (No Core Clock). These increments should be progressive, ie increase from 100 in 100 Mhz. First 100, and run the stress test, then another 100, and so on. For mining, the OC of “memory clock” is who will offer you a real increase of Mh / s.
The stress test should run for at least 45 consecutive minutes (at least). It should not present any graphic error on the screen or cause any system crash to be sure that the configuration you have used is stable. It will arrive at a point where your system will start to fail, that is when you must return to the configuration that you had just configured prior to the one that caused the crash.
Generally, nvidia cards support the OC of the Memory Clock very well, in my case, I have achieved OC of +910 Mhz of the + 1000Mhz possible, and my system remains stable.
Once you have done the OC of the “Memory Clock”, you can make an OC (my recommendation is that it is very small) of the Core Clock (between 100 and 150 Mhz). Performing sequential increments of 10 in 10 Mhz.
Finally, you can optimize your electric consumption by lowering the core Voltage bar. (this may be the least I recommend doing, since it is usually the step that most generates crashes in the system, but it is still an option). In this tutorial I do not explain how to do it, because I do not consider it necessary for the risk this entails if you do not know what you are doing. In addition, this GPU has a really great consumption as a series, and I do not consider it opportune to make more efforts of consumption of power.
Let me know if this post has helped you to get better results in your mining, Any doubts, you can ask me and I will help you to the extent that I can.