NVIDIA revealed a new bit of software this week in an API for their graphics cards called NVIDIA Scanner. With NVIDIA Scanner, users are able to auto-overclock their graphics cards with the greatest of ease. NVIDIA’s software does all the analyzation of the setup of the PC it’s scanning, then does the overclocking with a single click. But NVIDIA Scanner isn’t an app, it’s an API.
This software will be implemented in a number of downloadable applications for GPU-using computers and will be available as early as September 20th, the same day RTX 20-series cards are released into the wild. It’s only up to the overclocking programs already out and available for download to update their builds for the public. This should make for some interesting first-run testing for gamers in their own basements on day one.
Normally, graphics cards of all sorts are made to operate within certain parameters, always below the performance of which they’re fully capable. This is done to make certain each card doesn’t overheat and break – it’s a safety precaution. With NVIDIA Scanner in the mix, users will be able to push their NVIDIA-powered graphics cards to the limit.
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Once the NVIDIA Scanner is implemented in overclocking and GPU-tweaking software, users will be able to press a TEST button to begin their overclocking process. The full process takes about 20 minutes – or it has in the first public tests revealed by NVIDIA, anyway. It’s safe to expect that this timetable will change based on your system.
We’ll expect any graphics card manufacturer with an RTX-20 card to have this API embedded immediately if not soon – but it’ll be best to check before you buy if this is your make-or-break moment. GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti graphics cards will be released on September 20th, 2018. Let us know if you hit the test button right out the gate!