The SAPPHIRE Nitro+ and PULSE Graphics cards are some of the latest entrants into the GPU market. With the Sapphire TriXX application that came out earlier this year, you can amp up the performance of your GPU through overclocking its base clock and frequency settings as well as keep updated tabs on its health and performance. Through the temperature, voltage, GPU load metrics, and more, you can get a holistic look at your GPU’s performance to create the best power-efficient and effective customizations. This application lets you create distinct presets and custom settings for your gaming and other productivity modes based upon your usage (and these health metrics) as well.
The most recent release of this application, SAPPHIRE TriXX 7.5.0, is your new and improved ticket to caring for and getting the most out of your GPU. It comes with the latest cutting edge TriXX Boost, Fan Check, and the NITRO Glow feature which are specifically designed to unlock and harness the power of your GPU to get the most productivity and best functionality out of it.
Get The Sapphire TriXX 7.5.0
To download the Sapphire TriXX application version 7.5.0, click on the following link: download. This will download the installer directly from the Sapphire Tech website. Once the download completes, locate the installer and run it with administrator privileges. Follow the on-screen instructions until the installation completes and then launch the application.
Using the Sapphire Trixx Application
The newest release of the Sapphire Trixx application (the version 7.5.0 after the previous version 7.3), comes with a fine-tuned and amped up bold design interface that goes hand in hand with the improved functionality and integration of the application. In the main menus, you’ll find options that give you a quick snapshot glimpse of the Graphics Card Info, access to its overclocking settings and options, access to controlling its fans for optimal performance, and a wide variety of other settings to tweak your GPU to exactly how you want to use it.
Overclocking Your Sapphire GPU
In the main application interface, you will be able to view the complete clocking and frequency parameters of your graphics card and will be able to adjust it according to your overclocking needs to amp up and boost the performance of your Sapphire graphics card. The core clock, memory clock, and GPU frequency, and base clock parameters are adjustable to achieve your desired performance preset.
Through the graphics card parameter adjustments, you can define four distinct user setting profiles for different levels of GPU usage, but bear in mind that setting these values to unsuitable ones can cause your system to crash and in fact damage your graphics card in the process as well. It is important to make minor adjustments and pay attention to the impact it has on your hardware and performance before deciding to implement a particular combination of metric parameters. To carry out your overclocking, adjust the following sliders:
- GPU Clock (located on the center-left of the application interface)
- Memory Clock (located on the center-right of the application interface)
- Power Limit (located in the left half of the application interface beside the GPU clock slider)
- GPU Voltage (located at the center of the application interface)
All of these sliders are adjustable directly, but as with any overclocking attempt, we advise tweaking these slightly to boost your performance and testing for stability by waiting 10 minutes between subsequent increments. To overclock your graphics card, you will essentially need to:
|GPU Clock||Increase||This will increase the base rate of your GPU’s clock. A greater clock rate directly corresponds to the overclocking that you are trying to achieve.|
|Memory Clock||Increase||Your memory and GPU go hand in hand because if your memory component is not overclocked, it limits the performance of your GPU despite overclocking it. You need to overclock your memory component alongside your GPU clock for optimal results.|
|Power Limit||Maintain or Increase slightly||With great power comes great performance. That said, power metrics are tricky and can cause physical damage to your hardware. This is why it’s suggested to not increase your power limit until you have achieved a stable maxed out GPU clock and memory clock capacity within the particular power limit. To go beyond this, you may increase it slightly.|
|GPU Voltage||Increase slightly||As with the power limit, increasing or decreasing the voltage can pose a direct and serious risk of damage to your hardware. Over volting can burn it out and under volting can cause it to fail due to lack of enough voltage to function. Voltage increments are suggested to only go 0.1V or 0.2V beyond the set base value both above and below for over and under volting. Increasing the voltage slightly may increase the power performance capacity of your GPU and provide better stability to the overclocked GPU and memory in terms of power backing as well.|
To perform the overclocking,
- Start by increasing the GPU clock using the slider provided by between 20 to 50 Hz.
- Perform a memory clock incremental increase of approximately 30 Hz using the provided slider as well.
- Observe the new GPU and Memory clock performance dials at the top of the application interface to see the newly increased clocking rates.
- Save these settings into a new user-defined preset, implement it, and reboot your system. After startup, continue using your computer as you would for 10 minutes and wait to see if any fatal errors, the Blue Screen Of Death (BSOD), or other performance glitches appear.
- If your system survives past the 10-minute mark, then head back into the Sapphire TriXX application and repeat steps 1-4 above.
- After repeating the above steps 3 times, overvolt your PC by 0.1V. Perform a reboot and wait out the 10 minute observation period. Check your system’s temperature for any signs of overheating.
- Repeat steps 1-4 another couple of times and perform step 6 if needed to increase the voltage further by another 0.1V. Do not increase it beyond this for the sake of the safety of your graphics card.
- After each step, maintain a log of performance to keep track of your increments in case your system starts to encounter a performance glitch or other error. You will be able to revert back to the last known best values and also keep these increments as a note to know the capacity of your particular graphics card and what it can tolerate.
Be sure to save your increments into a separate user-defined profile aside from the standard base one that you have kept stored in the first slot. In the other four slots, circulate between each and save the new setting into the next profile slot so that if it doesn’t sit well with your system then you can revert to an already pre-determined base setting in another profile slot prior to the error that has occurred from the new increment. Practically, this means that you should save your first tweak in slot two, then the next one in slot three, then the next one in slot four, then the next one in slot five, and after having filled all of these slots up, save your next one back in slot two and continue the cycle onwards to three, four, five, and back around.
Controlling Your Fan Speeds
Overclocking will increase your system’s performance, but this will be at the cost of your system heating up immensely. Hence, for this purpose (to aid your overclocking configurations) and generally (to optimize your fan performance and maintain its health), you can carry out a fan check and tweak its speeds to meet your system’s needs. To do this:
- Click on the Fan Check icon at the bottom left of the application’s interface. It will be a tri-blade like fan icon above the torchlight icon and under the Current Fan Speed meter. Click on this.
- A separate window for your Fan Check will open up. Click on the button at the center that reads “Start Fan Health Check.” This will test all of the fans present inside your GPU system to report back their health.
- Once you have verified that both your system’s fans are in “OK” condition through this check, click on the “Fixed” option under the “Current Fan Speed” meter. A new pop up will open up that will allow you to adjust a slider to adjust the Fan’s Speed in percentage terms of its maximum capacity.
- You can choose to increase the Fan Speed at the cost of more noise pollution from your fans (i.e. a noisier setup). When overclocking, this may be necessary to keep your system cool as it works to perform at its maximum capacity. Setting a fixed fan speed percentage will cause it to operate on that set percentage at all times.
- If you would like to create a customized fan curve, under “Fixed,” click on the “Custom” option. This will display a pop up that shows an adjustable graphical fan curve. Click on the markers and adjust the curve to create its custom trend for the system to follow.
The fixed and custom settings allow you to either set a permanent fan speed percentage for usage at all times or set a fan curve that adjusts its speed according to temperature the way you have defined for it to in your custom curve. If you would like to mess with neither, the “Automatic” preset option runs based off of the graphics card’s inbuilt algorithm to monitor the system’s temperature and adjust the fan’s speed accordingly as the system decides best.
Another cool feature of this application allows you to change the color of the graphics card’s SAPPHIRE light up alphabet display. You can choose to set the colors to the company’s standard pure blue or a rainbow random variation. The color of the light can also be adjusted to temperature or fan speed (which can be a neat indicator to have when you have overclocked your system or adjusted your fan speeds to a custom curve). You can also turn off the custom colors or turn off the light-up feature altogether. Beyond this, the brightness of this light-up display can also be adjusted between the provided percentage presets.
To perform these changes, click on the torchlight icon at the bottom left of the application interface under the fan check icon. This will open up a new pop up box that will provide all the options listed above. Simply click on the Nitro Glow option that you would like and escape the pop-up display.
Throughout your tweaking and adjustment activities, a hardware monitor will be displayed on the left of your screen which will allow you to monitor the performance of your GPU Core Clock, GPU Memory Clock, GPU Temperature, Fan Speed, Memory only Power Draw, GPU only Power Draw, and the like. This graphical display will help you gauge whether performing certain tweaks amps up (graphically increases) your performance metric or adversely impacts it instead. Pay attention to this display when making any of your overclocking or fan adjustments to ensure that you are making the right-sized increments in the right direction as well.
After implementing any adjustment, be it for the GPU’s overclocking, the system’s fan adjustment, or the variation of the GPU’s Nitro Glow feature, click on the green “Apply” button at the bottom left of the screen after every such change. Restart your computer and wait out the 10-minute stability stress test under regular usage to ensure that your system has responded well to the incurred adjustments.