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EVGA 570 SC vs Vanilla EVGA 570- Any difference hardware-wise?

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I'm an OCing noob who's about to buy an EVGA 570 gtx GPU (costs around 304 after rebates). I was wondering if there was any difference hardwarewise between the pre-overclocked "Superclocked" versions and the Vanilla 570 GPU. Is it just a different BIOS flashed into it? How safe is to flash a 570 Superclocked BIOS into a regular 570?

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All your paying for is a slight tweak in speed that you could do with the vanilla version. Your getting the same exact hardware.
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The cards themselves have the exact same layout. The only difference between the two is the BIOS. Also, the regular 570 is not guaranteed to run at the SC clocks (though it most likely will). If you want to flash the SC BIOS, check to make sure the card is stable at those clock/voltage levels first.
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The only difference is clock speeds, and at that, not by much. Some of the early 570 stocks had bad VRMs, but I'm running a vanilla evga at 832 with no problems at all.

I heard they fixed the bad VRM issues, so there is really no reason to go with a SC.
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I think they bin the SCs if they're able to achieve the slight overclocks while stable. I have a Vanilla GTX 570, and it's able to overclock very well. It's the same hardware, the SC is just a matter of guaranteed assurance that the card can maintain that mild overclock. Not worth it IMO.
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Ok thanks for the quick and informative replies guys!
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I have one of each...

my SC 570 has a vid of 1.025, my regular has a vid of 0.975. My SC can only hit 915ish, my regular can hit 930. There's no binning from what I've heard/experienced.

Bought the SC cause it was on sale, and I was a sucker buying my first high end gpu.

Just go with the regular, unless you are afraid of touching any overclocking utility yourself.
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