Originally Posted by breenemeister
Tons of power phases, but with a worse GPU?
You know, maybe you just got lucky with the Sapphire...
Overclocking is not rocket science, nor is the process of "binning".
Binning is not really as crazy as you guys make it out to be.... let's take MSI's GTX560-Ti for example.
NVIDIA sends us 10000 GPUs. We test them
Tier 1: meets/exceeds testing for 950MHz core. We use it in Hawk.
Tier 2: meets/exceeds testing for 900MHz core. We use in Golden Edition
Tier 3: meets/exceeds testing for 880MHz core. We use in Twin Frozr II factory OC version
Tier 4: meets/exceeds testing for 822MHz core. We use in base reference-speed cards
THAT IS ALL.
Can your GPU overclock to be world champion, if it's out of the box and reference clock speeds? Yes it's possible. But the CHANCES and PROBABILITY that you can do that with a reference clocked GPU is much lower than versus a higher clocked GPU.
That, in a nutshell, is the process of "binning". No one "cherry picks" GPUs, it's much too time consuming.