I first started using PrecisionX 1.0 when I built this machine in late 2010 with my EVGA GTX480. I've never had a need or desire to punch a video card to any crazy limits, but found the framerate soft-clocking, monitoring, and fan speed control to be indispensible. I continued this tradition even in COD ghosts achieving 50 fps pinned using the same GTX480. It wasn't until recently a friend broke up his SLI configuration and sold me his GTX660Ti. My biggest concern buying this card was that it was probably not EVGA. I bought it anyway, thinking, surely this will extend my build for a year. I went to my EVGA account to update an older version of PrecisionX I was running before installing the new card, with just a glimmer of hope that it would work. That's where I found that EVGA offered it to the steam community for all nVIDIA users... free. Not only that they are supporting 64-bit.
The build quality in EVGA cards is overwhelmingly clear with many personal examples of direct comparison, but this is not a reason to just blindly use their software. We know how bloatware can detract from the best hardware available and, well, dynamic soft-clocking to lock a framerate seemed too good to be true, it's going to lag... but no. This tool it's minimalistic and non-intrusive, allowing you to enjoy what you payed for without a tax on performance... much like a 3 million dollar lamborghini coming with shoe strings as door handles. If I can trace this path, as a brand, they'd be aligned with what I look for in gaming. In effect, set in stone as Corsair for memory, or Intel for a processor. It's just the best without having to really check... but I do :D
As far as the transition to Steam is concerned, I say GOOD! I like it! I loved the tool as an EVGA customer and the fact that it's readily available to nVIDIA users through such a large hub is excellent. I recommend it constantly. I often take someone through the more organic process of dialing in and now I can give them this advantage.
If you want to talk about needing Steam open to make use of PrecisionX, that's not entirely true and for 99pct of users, doesn't apply. The settings you make in PrecisionX hold true even while steam isn't running, fact. The exception, I've found, is the monitoring function. In order to display your framerate and other OSD (on screen display) information, PrecisionX needs to be open. This has been the case since I've used the program. Which is fine, for me anyway, because even if I were setting up a game like Titanfall, that is on Origin, I'd only need to keep Steam running while I have the framerate shown during my dialing in sessions. All other clocking and curves will work as you've saved them without steam open, but you may need to make them active within that session of windows.
I'm currently ranked 5th in tdm for the PC version of COD Ghosts and although my k/d isn't earthshattering (operations about 75% complete :D) I can tank straight through the middle of an enemy camp with the confidence of stutter free reflex kills and can ads a sniper rifle clear across stonehaven without a flicker. I can only think of what could be done with some newer, 2011 socket systems, quad channel ram, and 780Ti cards. Newegg Spec Dream Machine
With a system like the one I spec'd out in the link above I'd still be running this tool, for sure... Lock a framerate utilizing the 144Hz and pour on the settings. Same method, better result is my definition of a powerful tool. Meanwhile... I hope my current specs along with my PrecisionX and COD Ghosts settings will help.
CPU - i7 950 1366 socket (CPU up in Asus bios clocked to 3.2GHz) w/ Zalman cnps 9900 Cooler
MOBO - Asus Rampage III Extreme
RAM - Corsair 6x2GB Tri-Channel PC3 12800 1600 Dominator GT RAM (full kit w/ cooler)
GPU - GTX660 Ti 2GB w/ EVGA Precision X 15.0 tuning
HDD - Seagate Velociraptor 10k RPM 300GB
PSU - Corsair Pro Series AX1200
CASE - Cooler Master HAF X 942 w/ 8x case fans
MONITOR - Acer GD235HZ 120Hz 2ms response 24”
OS - Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 retail pkg
In Precision X 15.0 I enable framerate target, for Ghosts I've set it to 90, and turned the fan speed up to 70%. That's it :) After you find what your computer can handle... you can soft-clock your framerate to hold er' steady without having to use vsync.
I'd also like to point out that I did use the framerate OSD under monitoring and another program called HWMonitor (available from CNET) to monitor peak system temperatures while I dialed in my settings.
The following links are to my steam posted screenshots for parts 1-3 of my video settings in COD Ghosts. Setting your own profile using a private match on stonehaven is recommended. Starting low and observing the effects to CPU, GPU, and RAM with each setting before you target a framerate. It takes more than a few restarts of the game get it right. As a rule of thumb I'd never want to see my GPU temp climb over 65-70c or any system temp over 55-60c and that's fine for regular use. With the optimal for both being around 10c below that. I would never drop below native monitor resolution, never use windowed mode, nor would I ever use vsync unless I was running 3d. All the rest is performance vs asthetics and what you justify.http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=292588200http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=292588672http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=292588895