ATI wants you to overclock. Really, it's OK

wonkman

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This is officially the first time ATI has openly sanctioned overclocking any current generation board.

However...

ATI claims thermal damage is strictly not covered by RMA and that blown internal fuses in the GPU will notify RMA teams if the GPU has been stressed too hard.

Expect more "OC" models from manufacturers. Could this have anything to do with Nvidia?

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fallguy

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Yes it has something to do with NV. Once upon a time, ATi let card makers overclock, underclock, reduce pipes, whatever. Then they got burned. Some card makers were going from 256bit to 128bit, lowering clock speeds, and such. The 8500 was one of the worst, Powercolor and Crucial were the main culprits. So ATi put a stop to it.

Its good to see ATi let card makers overclock again. Its also nice to see them take a stance on certain things, and not letting it happen again. This can only be good for consumers.
 

a ronin

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On the flip side, it's also bad. If Crucial and Powercolor were simply underclocking their products, that means the consumer in the know would pay less for essentially a beast incognito.
 

wonkman

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No underclocking allowed this time.

"Interestingly enough, the documentation claims that ATI partners are not allowed to underclock ASICs -- those attempting to get creative with passive cooling will still have to underclock on their own."
 
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fallguy said:
Yes it has something to do with NV. Once upon a time, ATi let card makers overclock, underclock, reduce pipes, whatever. Then they got burned. Some card makers were going from 256bit to 128bit, lowering clock speeds, and such. The 8500 was one of the worst, Powercolor and Crucial were the main culprits. So ATi put a stop to it.

I got burned on a Sapphire 8500 once. It had reduced clock speed, but Sapphire didn't publish that information anywhere.
 

robberbaron

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wonkman said:
No underclocking allowed this time.

"Interestingly enough, the documentation claims that ATI partners are not allowed to underclock ASICs -- those attempting to get creative with passive cooling will still have to underclock on their own."

ATi doesn't believe in quiet video cards
 
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