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Do you need to buy Superclocked or can you save the $15? (GTX 460)

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I'm trying to understand pricing and overclocking/superclocking abilities.

If you go to newegg and filter the 460s, you'll see that the Superclocked are extra $$.

$174:

Chipset Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Core Clock: 763MHz
Shader Clock: 1526MHz
Stream Processors: 336 Processor Cores

$159:

Chipset Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Core Clock: 720MHz
Shader Clock: 1440MHz
Stream Processors: 336 Processor Cores


My question is can you save the $15, download free software and Superclock the Overclocked card to match the $169 card?
post #2 of 13
The superclocked version will guarantee you a higher BIN. It is possible that you will have good luck with non-superclocked and have the same headroom.

Personally I go with the superclock cause I'm paranoid
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Yes, you can. However, the only speed any manufacturer ever guarantees is the one they sold to you, so keep that in mind. On the other hand, I've never owned a card that couldn't clock to at least the speed of OC versions.

Edit: Wow, a guarantee of binning. Don't even get me started lol
Edited by sccr64472 - 8/19/11 at 12:57pm
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Originally Posted by ddeighton View Post
The superclocked version will guarantee you a higher BIN. It is possible that you will have good luck with non-superclocked and have the same headroom.

Personally I go with the superclock cause I'm paranoid
Superclocked will not guarantee you any sort of binned GPU.

I would be willing to say that 99% of GTX460s will do 763mhz right out of the box on stock volts regardless of the bios that mfg flashes on the card. (Refurbs excluded)
    
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most 460s go up to 800 without any voltage increases and the so called superclocked or "binned" chips tend to go a bit higher but not really all that much. mine is supposedly binned and i can run it at 880 (to lazy to get it higher) but i got a mate with a 460 thats not binned and he gets the same clocks as me.

can you OC every 460 to 760Mhz ... most probably
can you OC every 460 to 900+ ... nope
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You can overclock just about every 460 to 825mhz.
    
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If a 460 can't break at least 800mhz on stock volts, you should return it.
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post #8 of 13
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Great info answered my question.

I didn't want to spend the extra $$ when I can do it myself.
post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by ddeighton View Post
The superclocked version will guarantee you a higher BIN. It is possible that you will have good luck with non-superclocked and have the same headroom.

Personally I go with the superclock cause I'm paranoid
Me too which is why i currently own a Superclocked version 768mb and it's hard to find another one like mine cuz they stopped making these when they started pulling up 1gb cards. Been weighting a decision if i should wait til black fridays and buy a brand new different card or wait for the 680's. I don't know just yet.
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Spending money for EVGA to OC your card for you only to turn around and try to save money by sacrificing an extra ROP and a quarter gig of VRAM is not the best way of doing things. OCN can teach you how to OC your own card, OCN can not magically give you an extra 256Mb of VRAM.
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