How To Link Up Your Android Smartphone With Windows 10

Did you know that you can link up your Android smartphone with Windows 10 to create a streamlined experience between the two devices?

Once set up, you can browse the web, use apps, send emails, and do other tasks on your smartphone, then seamlessly switch to your PC and carry on those tasks where you left off.

In this article, we explain to you how you can get started with these recent features on Windows 10.

How To Add Your Phone To Windows 10

To begin with, let’s look at how you can get your phone connected to your Windows 10 PC. Start by following the steps listed below.

  • Press the Windows Key or click the Windows Start menu button.
  • Next, search for Settings or click on the gear icon and open the Settings app.
  • Click the Phone option within the Settings app.

  • After that, click the Add a phone option.
  • You will be prompted to enter your phone number.
  • Once you’ve entered your phone number, you’ll receive a text message on your device.
  • Open the text message and click the link to be taken to the Microsoft Launcher app.
  • Install the app and then open it.

  • Once the app is installed on your Android smartphone, tap Get Started.
  • Go through the customization options.
  • Finally, sign into the Microsoft account you also use on your PC.
  • You should now see your phone appear on your PC in the Your Phone area in the settings menu.

How To Use A Linked Phone On Windows 10

Once your Android smartphone has been linked to your Windows 10 PC, there are a number of things you can do. We’ve taken a look at some of these features below.

How to Get Android Notifications on Windows 10

The easiest way to get most basic smartphone notifications on your Windows 10 PC is to install the Microsoft Cortana app from the Google Play Store. Follow the steps to install Cortana and setup notifications.

  • Open the Google Play Store app on your phone.
  • Search for Cortana.
  • Install Microsoft Cortana.
  • Once installed, open Cortana
  • Tap the three-menu button in the top right, then tap Settings

  • Once in the settings menu, tap Cross Device.
  • Next, tap to turn on notifications for missed call, incoming messages, low battery.
  • You can also tap App Notification Sync to get app notifications from all of your apps.
  • You must then give Cortana notification access.

After that, tap the back button and then choose which apps you’d like to sync your notifications for.

All of your chosen app notifications will now be synced to your PC.

How To Use Microsoft Apps On Android And PC

If you want to seamlessly use apps between your Android phone and your Windows PC, one of the best things you can do is use the Microsoft Apps application from the Google Play Store.

If you download Microsoft Apps, you’ll see a list of apps that are cross-compatible with your Windows 10 PC and Android smartphone. Apps include Microsoft Edge browser, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Skype, OneDrive, and other Microsoft based apps.

Thanks for taking the time to read through our guide. Hopefully, you’ll now know all there is to know about linking up your Android smartphone with Windows 10. What are your thoughts on this new feature? Enjoy!

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9 Best Xbox One/Xbox One X Accessories

If you only play Xbox casually, you may be happy with the equipment you get straight out of the box. However, if you play games on your Xbox One or Xbox One X regularly, you may prefer to up your game by picking out a wider range of higher quality accessories.

This list contains 9 of the best Xbox One accessories available online – some accessories will replace your existing equipment with higher quality variants, while other accessories will add new functionality to your gaming experience.

The price of these accessories ranges quite drastically – there are cheaper items for adding convenience to your experience and more expensive accessories that can give you a competitive edge or enhance your gameplay in new ways.

If you’re big into gaming, also check out my previous post on the best 8 gaming mice for your PC.

Xbox One Elite Controller

Paying more for a controller when you already have a perfectly good one working at home may seem like an odd choice, but the Xbox One Elite isn’t just your average controller.

Available for $149.99, the Xbox One Elite Controller adds more functionality, provides better precision and control, and gives you a wider range of customization options.

New hair trigger locks allow you to press the trigger faster than ever before, while the thumbsticks and D-Pad have been redesigned to give you greater control and precision. Customization options are available so that you can change button layouts, assign controls, and additional paddles give you more inputs.

Xbox One Elite Controller – $149.99

Turtle Beach Ear Force Recon 50X

Let’s be real, the official chat headset you get with the Xbox isn’t great. The Turtle Beach Ear Force Recon 50X stands to be a cheap upgrade that can completely change your gameplay experience.

All game sound is played through your Turtle Beach headset so you’ll be able to hear gunfire and footsteps easier. You’ll also be able to hear better quality audio when speaking to your friends. The Turtle Beach Ear Force Recon 50X also provides better microphone quality so that your friends will be able to hear you more clearly as well.

You aren’t going to get HiFi quality audio with these headsets, but they bring a distinct advantage over using the default headset and listening to audio through your TV. For just $39.99, you can’t really go wrong.

Turtle Beach Ear Force Recon 50X – $39.99

Razer Wolverine Ultimate Chroma

The Razr Wolverine Ultimate Chroma is a fully customizable custom controller that adds new functionality, incredible build design, and fancy programmable LED lights. The Wolverine Ultimate Chroma offers similar benefits to the Xbox One Elite controller, but there are a number of distinct differences.

Firstly, the Wolverine Ultimate Chroma provides users with more buttons than ever before. This includes two more trigger buttons and a total of four paddle buttons. Each button is programmable. A quick control panel allows you to quickly switch between control layouts. You can choose default layouts or create and save your own.

The Razer Wolverine Ultimate Chroma also adds upon the original Xbox One Elite design without taking away from the ergonomic feel that the original controllers offer.

Razer Wolverine Ultimate Chroma – $155

KontrolFreek FPS Freek Vortex Performance Thumbstick

If you can’t afford to throw over $100 for a new controller, you can still up your game by picking up a pair of performance thumbsticks. KontrolFreek is one of the best companies working on custom thumbsticks and their Vortex Performance set will ensure you get a competitive edge over the average player.

These thumbsticks can be attached to your standard controller sticks and will give you additional grip. These thumbsticks are also easier to use for extended periods of time. On the left, you have an extra grippy stick to make it easier to control your movement. On the right, the thumbstick is risen so that you get a greater degree of precision for controlling your aim.

KontrolFreek FPS Freek Vortex Performance Thumbstick – $16.99

Nyko Modular Power Station

One of the biggest problems with playing Xbox regularly is that you have to constantly charge up your Xbox controller and have additional charged batteries on standby for when your current battery life gets drained.

The Nyko Modular Power Station remedies this problem by making it easier to keep on top of your battery charging.

This power station plugs straight into your Xbox One console and draws power from the power pack to charge two additional batteries. LED lights are included so that you can see how your batteries are charging, and you’ll be able to continue charging your batteries with this power station even while your Xbox One is turned off. If you have an Xbox One X, you won’t be able to connect this directly to the console, but it can still be used to charge the batteries. 

Nyko Modular Power Station – $17

Xbox One Chatpad

If you’d rather send messages via text instead of using a microphone, the Xbox One Chatpad will save you a lot of hassle.

While you can use the on-screen keyboard, this method takes a very long time. Just sending a few words can take a minute or two. The Xbox One Chatpad removes this problem by giving you a keypad that can plug straight into your Xbox controller.

Using the Xbox One Chatpad makes it easier to quickly send messages between games, or even in the middle of a game. You can get the official chatpad and chat headset for $58.88, or you can purchase third party chatpads for less.

Xbox One Chatpad – $58

Elgato Game Capture HD60 S

If you’d like to stream or record your gameplay, you may need to pick up a capture card. The Elgato Game Capture HD60 S is one of the best capture cards available. With this, you can relay your Xbox One gameplay straight to your PC.

The stream quality is incredible – you get 1080p with a flawless 60 frames per second, and it doesn’t impact the performance of your game. The Elgato Game Capture HD60 S also comes with a number of features that make it easier to stream directly to platforms like Twitch and YouTube.

Elgato Game Capture HD60 S – $159.95

4TB Seagate Game Drive

With the file size of Xbox games only getting bigger, it’s becoming far too easy to fill up the basic 500GB or 1TB you get by default. With the 4TB Seagate Game Drive, you’re given access to 4,000 GBs of extra storage.

This game drive is external which means it’s possible to download and build up a library that can be carried with you and used on multiple Xbox systems. The performance for this game drive is also very good and it will get you into games just as quickly as using the default hard drive would.

4TB Seagate Game Drive – $115

Samsung T5 Portable SSD

If you care more about game speed but would like a bit of additional storage, you might want to consider the Samsung T5 Portable SSD.

This drive only has 500GB of storage, but it’s far faster than the Seagate Game Drive. This means you’ll load into games quicker, game loading screens will be shorter, and you’ll have less lag in some cases.

Samsung T5 Portable SSD – $159.99

Summary

What are your thoughts on the accessories on this list? Will you be purchasing any of the Xbox One or Xbox One X accessories on this list or do you have your eyes on something else entirely? Enjoy!

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3 Top Apps for Using Instagram on Your PC

Instagram has made it as difficult to access the majority of their features outside of their mobile app. When you’re out and about, this isn’t a problem, but it can be inconvenient when you’re sitting at home on your computer.

Thankfully, there are a number of third party desktop apps that can be better for using Instagram on your PC than the standard desktop website is.

In this list, we take a look at three best desktop apps available and explain what their positives and negatives. All downloads were scanned with VirusTotal to make sure they are malware/spyware free. 

Also, be sure to checkout my post on how to browse and search Instagram using the desktop website. That post also shows you how to download high-resolution images from Instagram.

Gramblr

Gramblr is a free Instagram client that hooks straight into the Instagram API. You can download Gramblr from Gramblr.com

This app can be a useful way to upload new photos and videos straight from your desktop, but it’s also very powerful for growing your follower count and engagement thanks to a number of different tools.

We’ve taken a look at some of the biggest reasons why Gramblr is one of the best desktop PC clients for Instagram below.

Uploading Tools

One of the most powerful things about Gramblr is its built-in uploading tools. With these, you are able to upload photos and videos straight to Instagram.

Before you click the upload button, you can go through a number of steps to touch up your photo. These steps are similar to what you’d find on the Instagram app. This includes adding a variety of Instagram filters and a selection of Gramblr exclusive filters.

You also get far finer control over how your image looks thanks to controls for focus, saturation, lighting, and sharpness. It can be incredibly simple to add a fresh look to an image or bring life to a photo that would otherwise be dull.

After you’ve edited your photo, you can add a caption, add a location, include hashtags, and then click post. Interestingly, you are given the option to add 60 likes from real users immediately to your image. More will be explained on this below.

Schedule Posts

There are many Instagram post schedulers on the internet, but nearly all of them don’t actually automate the posting process. Instead, they push the photo and caption to your phone at a certain point and you’re then forced to manually upload it.

This is due to some restrictions Instagram has made to stop users from automating posts with third party tools. Thankfully, this isn’t the case with Gramblr.

With Gramblr, the client essentially hooks straight into the Instagram API to post images on your behalf. This means that so long as the Gramblr client is up, any scheduled posts you’ve set will automatically be posted at the scheduled time.

Auto Like To Grow Follower Count

Because of Gramblr’s workaround, it also has a number of other automation tools that can be beneficial for growing your Instagram account. One such tool is an auto like feature. With this, you’re able to automatically like pictures on Instagram to grab the attention of new users.

You can choose photos with specific hashtags so that you’re always targeting a specific audience. After that, you can press ‘auto-like’ and as long as the Gramblr client is open, your profile will automatically like new posts.

Boost Posts With Likes

You are also able to boost each post you make with Gramblr. You’re given 60 free likes and regularly get free coins that can be spent on more likes. You can also pay for coins to get likes.

Gramblr claims that these likes are from real users. All Gramblr users can gain coins by liking those in the ‘earn coins’ queue. By liking another user’s photo, you’ll get 5 coins, and you can add a like on your own photo for 10 coins.

Potential Issues

Gramblr is a great Instagram client, but it doesn’t come without issues. Firstly, the client rarely gets support or updates and the developer is very hard to get hold of.

Secondly, the features that Gramblr uses are technically against Instagram’s terms of service, but because Gramblr goes straight through Instagram’s API, the auto like, post scheduler, and like boost feature sit in a gray area.

There’s some concern over whether using Gramblr’s marketing tools too much may place restrictions on your account or ban it completely, so it’s something to consider before using it.

Another downside with Gramblr is that you cannot use it to add Stories or to message users.

Windows Store Instagram App

Windows 10 now features an Instagram app that gives you many of the features that the mobile application gives you. It’s free to download and very lightweight. You can download it by visiting the Microsoft Store on your PC.

Because it’s tied into Windows 10, notifications will pop up on your display and be sent straight to your action center.

On the surface, the Windows Store Instagram app looks very similar to the mobile version.

Below, we’ve provided an overview of the Windows Store Instagram app and how it compares to the desktop website.

Overall Layout

The overall layout for the Windows Store Instagram app is parallel to the mobile app. At the top, you have access to the options for refreshing, accessing your direct messages, and uploading photos and videos to your story.

Below that, the stories are showcased. You then have a taskbar at the bottom to access your homepage, search Instagram, view recent likes, and view your profile.

Adding Photos And Videos

One of the main reasons why the Windows Store app is better than the desktop website is the included option for adding photos and videos. When you visit the desktop website, you’re not able to upload new posts.

With the Instagram app on Windows, you can easily add a new post by right clicking the app icon in your task bar and clicking New Post.

If you have a camera, you can take a photo or video with it, or you can click the Camera Roll drop down arrow at the top to browse photos saved to your PC.

Potential Issues

For the most part, the Windows Instagram app is everything you would ever need. The only concern is that the app can sometimes be quite slow. Pages take longer to load than they would when accessing them on your mobile.

Logging in can also be a pain. Sometimes, you’ll struggle to get past the login screen – it just stalls after entering your password. When you do get in, you’ll find the experience to be a treat, for the most part.

Ramme

Ramme is a lightweight desktop app that signs you into an experience that’s practically identical to the Instagram iOS application. You can download Ramme from github.com.

There are a number of reasons why Ramme stands out when compared to the desktop version. Firstly, all functionality from the mobile app is present and exactly where you’d expect it to be. That includes photo uploads, stories, and direct messages.

Below we’ve provided a look at some of the key points worth mentioning with Ramme.

Well Optimized and Lightweight

With Ramme, you just need the .exe file from the GitHub page and you’re good to go. There’s no need to go through an installer or visit the Windows store like you do with Gramblr or the Windows Store app. This makes it easy to store Ramme on a USB stick or download it to use temporarily on a shared computer.

Ramme is very lightweight and runs smoothly too, and you’ll rarely come across any performance issues.

It’s also possible to resize the Ramme window on your desktop and everything on the screen adjusts to fill the window size without any hiccups.

Uploading Images is Easier

The upload process on the Windows Store app is a little odd and uploading images on the desktop website isn’t possible at all.

With Ramme, uploading uses the same process seen on the mobile app. You simply click the ‘+’ icon at the bottom and then browse through Windows File Explorer to find a photo or video to upload.

Potential Issues

We don’t have much bad to say about Ramme, so long as you’re happy to sign in through an app that’s not officially endorsed or created by Instagram.

That wraps up our look at the top 3 apps for using Instagram on your PC. Which desktop app do you like the most out of these three? If you use a different app, leave a comment below to let us know which one. Enjoy!

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The Best 8 Gaming Mice of 2018

Quite literally, getting your hands on a new gaming mouse can completely change your ability to aim in all PC games. However, with so many peripheral manufacturers on the market, it can become quite difficult to find which ones are the best.

Truth be told, there are only two main indicators that can tell you whether a gaming mouse is good or not. Firstly, you have the sensor. This is the technology that’s used to track mouse movement and it’s very important for gaming.

Secondly, you have the build quality. How sturdy does the mouse feel, how ergonomic is it, how many buttons it has, and more importantly, how long will it last after constant clicks, swipes, and mouse wheel scrolls?

For some people, the appearance of a mouse can matter, too. Some manufacturers add LEDs to their peripherals or create unique designs.

In this article, we’ve found 8 great gaming mice. We’ve tried to pick out the most gorgeous-looking gaming mice while putting priority on the sensor and build quality. We also tried to include links to the mice on Amazon, so you can see the reviews. The links are not affiliate links and prices are subject to change. 

SteelSeries Rival 600

Firstly, let’s just get things straight with the sensor quality in the SteelSeries Rival 600 and any other SteelSeries mouse for that matter.

The SteelSeries Rival 600 uses the TrueMove3+ sensor. As it should, the sensor feels as snappy and accurate as you could ever ask for. You’re never found fighting the mouse, and once you’ve spent a few weeks getting used to it, it almost feels like the mouse cursor bends to your wheel.

The scroll wheel also has a very satisfying tactile click and you’re never going to accidentally click it in while using the main mouse buttons.

The SteelSeries Rival 600 is quite a weighted mouse, although there are included weights so that you can adjust it to your preference.

You will also notice that the Rival 600 looks beautiful without breaking the standard ergonomic design seen in other high-end gaming mice.

SteelSeries Rival 600 – $79.99

SteelSeries Sensei 310 

If you’re looking for a mouse with a reliable sensor but you’re not interested in paying extra for all of the bells and whistles such as LED lighting and adjustable weights, then the Sensei 310 may be for you.

The Sensei 310 is a smaller mouse with a lighter chassis. It’s also ambidextrous, with two additional buttons on each side, making it a great choice for left-handed gamers or even those looking for a cheap option with a wider selection of buttons.

The sensor in the Sensei 310 is a generation behind the Rival 600, but in terms of real world performance, you won’t notice much difference – both mice still have incredible accuracy.

SteelSeries Sensei 310 – $49.99

The Finalmouse Ultralight Pro 

If you’re a competitive player that needs to rely on swift mouse movement and 100% accuracy, the Finalmouse Ultralight Pro will be the mouse for you.

Let’s first start with the lightweight design. The Ultralight Pro has been built from the ground up to be as light as possible.

The unique honeycomb design has been implemented on this mouse to remove as much plastic and unnecessary weight as possible. As you can imagine, it almost feels like you’re not holding anything at all when using the Ultralight Pro.

To give some perspective, the lightest the SteelSeries Rival 600 can go is 96 grams, while the Ultralight Pro is just 67 grams.

The sensor in the Finalmouse Ultralight Pro is also very good – it stacks up with all of the other gaming mice on this list.

Finalmouse Ultralight Pro – $69.99

Zowie FK2 

The Zowie FK2 is another ergonomic, lightweight mouse that has been designed for competitive gamers.

Whilst the Zowie FK2 isn’t as lightweight as the Finalmouse, it’s still a very sturdy device, and it features a no-nonsense design that could easily double up as an office mouse.

The FK2 also features two buttons on each side and can be used by both left-handed and right-handed gamers.

Zowie FK2 – $59.99

Corsair Dark Core RGB SE

If all of the gaming mice so far have been a little too bland for your taste, you’ll want to keep reading. The final four choices are far more interesting.

The Corsair Dark Core RGB SE is a wireless mouse that has a unique design. Besides standing out on your desk, this thing also has a lot of ergonomic benefits to take advantage of.

The contoured shape makes the Dark Core RGB SE very comfortable to use, and there are 2 interchangeable side grips to choose from. This device is certainly made for those with larger hands, and it’s a little on the heavier side.

While wireless was a concern in the past, the Dark Core RGB SE has a response time that’s on par with wired mice. The only issue is that you cannot use this mouse while it’s charging.

Corsair Dark Core – $89.99

Razer DeathAdder Elite 

The Razer DeathAdder Elite will always stand out as the best ergonomic mouse for those with big hands. This mouse is a beast, both in size and form factor.

Despite having such a large physical presence, the DeathAdder Elite doesn’t go over the top with its design. It’s quite clearly a gaming mouse, but you could only tell by the subtle inclusion of LEDs under the mouse wheel and on the palm rest.

The DeathAdder Elite also has a slight curvature near the mouse buttons that adds a bit of style and a little extra clickability to the buttons. The sensor in the DeathAdder is also as perfect as can be.

Razer DeathAdder Elite – $57.99

Logitech G Pro

In comparison to many of the other gaming mice showcased in this list, the Logitech G Pro looks quite funny. It’s smaller and almost looks squished from some angles, but you certainly shouldn’t underestimate it.

The Logitech G Pro has been made to be as lightweight as possible. That, in conjunction with its esports focused sensor, makes the G Pro an incredible mouse for playing competitive shooters.

All buttons on the mouse are tactile and the mouse wheel feels more like a durable, sturdy additional as opposed to a typical wheel. This mouse is certainly for those with smaller hands, however.

Logitech G Pro – $45.99

Logitech G903

The Logitech G903 has enough of a unique design to catch people’s attention, but it doesn’t take anything away from the ergonomics of a proper mouse design.

Not only does the Logitech G903 have one of the best sensors on the market and one of the sturdiest designs, but it’s also 100% wireless.

You can pair the Logitech G903 with the Logitech powerplay wireless charging system, which is essentially a wireless charging mouse mat that allows you to charge while you play.

The Logitech G903 completely rips apart the negative association gamers have had with wireless mice in the past and presents a truly competitive choice and a clear road for the future of gaming peripherals.

Logitech G903 – $115

Summary

We hope this list has helped you to find a suitable new gaming mouse. There’s no doubt that all of these gaming mice are good, it just depends on which mouse suits you the best.

Unfortunately, there isn’t a physical store that you can visit to test all of these mice, so your best option is to buy from a store that has a good refund policy. Sometimes you have to try a couple of mice before you find the one that works for you. Enjoy!

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How to Overclock Your GPU Safely to Boost Performance

Not many people know how to overclock their graphics card, and many others are simply afraid they’ll mess up their computers if they don’t do it correctly.

Overclocking your graphics card is generally a safe process – if you follow the steps below and take things slowly, you won’t run into any problems. These days, graphics cards are designed to stop the user from causing any serious damage.

Read through the entire guide to learn the important details about overclocking, find out the software you need, and to know what steps are required to overclock your graphics card to its fullest potential.

Prepare Overclocking Software

To overclock your graphics card, you’ll need two pieces of software. Firstly, you’ll need the software that can be used to set new speeds for your GPU. Secondly, you’ll need a program that can stress test your system to make sure the settings you’ve used are stable.

You may also want to download an optional third program that can monitor your GPU temperature. The overclocking software suggested below already does this, but it’s nice to have an external program that can be minimized to the system tray.

  • For overclocking software, you should download MSI Afterburner from MSI.com.
  • For stress testing software, you should download Heaven Benchmark.
  • Finally, if you’d like an extra temperature and voltage monitor, you can download GPU temp.

Understanding What Overclocking a GPU Does

Before we get into the overclocking process, let’s first talk about what overclocking a GPU actually does.

Essentially, overclocking a GPU increases its performance by boosting the speed that the graphical processor works at.

All GPUs are set to run at a certain speed, called the base clock, but different cards usually have the potential to surpass the speed set by the manufacturer.

By overclocking the speed, your GPU will increase in temperature and it will draw more power. It’s important to find a good balance between more performance and a stable temperature for your graphics card.

Every GPU is different. For example, your GTX 1080 may be able to safely overclock to a higher speed than your friend’s GTX 1080. As a result, you must test your own overclocking speeds to find the sweet spot.

If you try to push your GPU too hard with the MSI Afterburner overclocking software, your graphics card will either show graphical glitches, or your PC will crash.

Don’t worry – you can simply dial your GPU speeds back down to a safe level if this happens. It’s best to start slow and make your way up until you notice problems.

Getting Started With The Overclocking Software

Now that we’ve gone over the basics, let’s look at how you can start to overclock your GPU.

First, open up MSI Afterburner. You’ll need to get to grips with this software as you stress test your GPU.

In the image above, we’ve numbered the different elements in Afterburner that you need to pay attention to. Details for each element have been provided below.

  1. This is your core clock speed – this is the main speed you’ll be overclocking.
  2. This is the memory clock speed – this can also be overclocked, but only after testing the core clock.
  3. This is the control panel – use this to overclock your core clock, memory clock, and fan speed.
  4. This is the temperature of your GPU.

It’s now time to open the UNiGiNE Heaven stress testing software. Once it’s open, you should run a base test to see how your graphics card performs on default clock settings.

  1. Install the UNiGiNE Heaven software and then run Heaven Benchmark 4.0 from your Start menu
  2. Once you’re in the UNiGiNE Heaven software, click RUN

In Heaven, you’ll see a 3D scene being rendered and some buttons at the top. Click the Benchmark button at the top left to start the benchmarking process.

Heaven will now run a series of tests. During the test, you’ll get to see the temperature, frames, graphics clock, and memory clock.

Let the test run through all 26 scenes. This can take roughly 10 minutes. During the test, pay close attention to the stats at the top right of the screen.

It’s likely that your GPU will reach a certain temperature and will stay at that temperature throughout the test. This piece of information is crucial because it’ll give you an idea of how much room for overclocking you have.

You will also be given a score and average FPS stats. Make sure to save the results, so that you can refer back to them later.

You should take note of the following:

  • Temperature during test
  • FPS at the end of test
  • Score at the end of test

Preparing Your Graphics Card for Overclocking

Now that you’ve tested the software, have your base score, and understand how things work, it’s time to overclock your graphics card.

Go back to MSI Afterburner and click the Settings icon.

You’ll need to restart your PC in a second, so make sure to bookmark this page so that you can come back to it.

Next, click on the General tab in Afterburner and tick Unlock voltage control, Unlock voltage monitoring, and Force constant voltage.

After applying the settings above, click OK. You’ll be asked to restart your system. Click OK.

Once you’ve come back from your restart, open MSI Afterburner and Unigine Heaven again.

  1. This time, slide your temperature limit to 87 degrees Celsius.
  2. You should notice that your power limit (%) slider also goes up.
  3. Put the core voltage (%) slider all the way to the right. The percentage you get will be dependent on your graphics card.
  4. Finally, click the Check button underneath the sliders.

Here’s an image of the settings you should have. These settings ensure you can get the highest clock speed possible while still staying within a safe temperature range.

Stress Testing Your Graphics Card

Now that you have the optimal MSI Afterburner settings, start by moving the core clock (MHz) slider to the right. Add +23 to the number and click the check button.

Next, run Heaven Benchmark 4.0 and click the Benchmark button again. Go through the 26 scenes and wait for your test results. You should notice your score improves slightly from last time.

As you can see from the image below, our first test improved our average frames and test score slightly. You should also see an improvement, and you may notice a 1-2 degree increase in temperature during the test.

This is just the beginning. The next steps will involve you pushing your graphics card to the limit. Follow the steps below to overclock your graphics card to its full potential.

  1. Add an additional 20-30 to your clock speed.
  2. Run Heaven Benchmark 4.0 again
  3. Click the benchmark button and complete all 26 scenes
  4. If your PC doesn’t crash and you don’t notice any graphical glitches, repeat from step 1

If your PC Crashes or you notice graphical problems: Don’t worry – It’s completely normal. Simply open MSI Afterburner again and lower the clock speed by 30. This will be your optimal clock speed.

Final Steps for Overclocking Your GPU

You’ve almost completed your overclocking. If you’d like, you can repeat the steps above for your memory clock as well. However, most new graphics cards have enough memory as it is, so it won’t provide as much of a performance boost in games.

Once you’re finished with overclocking, click the Save icon on MSI Afterburner and then click a number to assign it to that slot to save your settings. You can now automatically load up these settings each time you want to have better performance while playing your favorite games.

The final test is to try out your new overclocked graphics card in your favorite games. In most cases, you’ll find that performance will be improved.

Some games may not work as well with overclocked settings, so if you notice graphical glitches or your game crashes, simply click the reset button to go back to default settings.

Thanks for reading our in-depth guide on how to overclock your graphics card. We hope this guide has been useful. Have any questions? Leave a comment below and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. Enjoy!

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