[OC Guide] How To Voltage Mod a Nvidia GT 710

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If you have ever considered vmodding a graphics card, you will probably be aware that it does actually require quite a specific skill set. Newlife, a key member of the Australia OC team on HWBOT, has been kind enough however to put together a pretty detailed guide that deals specifically with the task of Vmodding an Nvidia GT 710.

The idea of voltage modding or vmodding is to allow an overclocker to push the voltage beyond the stock settings of the graphics card. It can a be tricky procedure, even for experienced overclockers, involving a pair of steady hands that know how to use a soldering iron plus a pretty deep understanding of how the card’s power delivery works. Get it wrong, and the odds are that you have just killed your card. All which makes a very compelling argument for following the advice of a seasoned pro who can show you exactly how it should be done.

Newlife has based this vmodding guide on the very affordable GT 710 GPU from Nvidia. Why choose an entry level GPU? Well, for two very good reasons that I can think of. Firstly, the fact that a GT 710 card will only cost you something in the region of $35-$40 USD means that vmod newbies can hack away with a soldering iron safe in the knowledge that complete and total and failure will not result in a an empty bank account. Secondly the GT 710 just happens to be the GPU of choice for an exciting new overclocking contest that is about to kick off on OC-ESPORTS. More on that in the days to come.

You can check out the guide from Newlife in all its glory here on Overclockers.com.au.


Taiwan sdougal says:

Pretty solid OC guide. Nice work Newlife...

Australia newlife says:

Awesome to see it here

Australia macsbeach98 says:

Good Work Ben.
This cheap GPU comp is going ahead then.
I'm in.:nana:

United States Strong Island says:

awesome guide man, thanks. Has a lot of great tips.

zeropluszero says:

macsbeach98 said: Good Work Ben.
This cheap GPU comp is going ahead then.
I'm in.:nana:

Coming soon!

Australia newlife says:

For anyone who sees this and thinks it's too hard keep in mind before I modded my first card I had never used a soldering iron before but after some pushing from 0+0 and a comp on OCAU I gave it a shot and I'm yet to stop since and have modded a lot of cards since but first time modding a card you'll likely kill as I did so testing on a dead or uncared about card is important and if you do kill something it's a lesson to learn from so don't beat yourself up over it

zeropluszero says:

The whole reason I created the comp that Newlife refers to is I wanted an excuse to force myself to learn to solder. So we took some cheap cards, and had guys going out and instead of spending cash on the hardware, were buying soldering irons and resistors, which in turn gives them the confidence to take on larger mods - recapping, epower and so forth. I successfully tricked you all into learning to mod.

Belgium Massman says:

I killed my first vmodded card too. It was a pretty well-clocking GF4 MX440 (maybe I still have some scores up). Long story short: I set the resistance after soldering instead of before → smoke, dead card.

Lesson learned the hard way, mods after that went a lot better :)

zeropluszero says:

I saw that I should "use a 20k trimmer" and no further info in pics, set the trimmer to 20K and soldered without reading. whoops.

Belgium Massman says:

WRONG: solder VR -> set 20K -> turn on RIGHT: set 20K -> solder VR -> turn on Found a submission from July 2006 [hwbot=546845]submission[/hwbot]

Australia newlife says:

I think the first card I killed was a gt 610 because I put too much hear on the mosfet controller and killed the card from it

My favourite death was a HD 7750 that only had a bios mod running at 1.35v because it shot sparks out of the mosfets and controller

zeropluszero said:
I successfully tricked you all into learning to mod.

Oh and how grateful we are for that

Australia newlife says:

I'm just going to throw this out there although it's been shared before it shows some great insight to a group of people who have near modded a card doing it for the first OCAU HWBOT TEAM Z97 Competition - Sponsored by GIGABYTE! - Overclockers Australia Forums

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