Originally Posted by BWG
Automatic 1000MHz+ Geesh, are people with H2O seeing much higher since it's cooler temps? This design sounds phenominal! I did not realize how advanced kepler really was. I know they are putting up similar folding numbers compared to fermi, but this design really makes the novice overclocker so much more capable of using a lot more of the cards potential.
Play with your card and look into folding later. Save some of the links in my signature for when you want to read up on it.
I really wish I could grab one of these and play with it now. I am going to read that thread, and go through this one when I can to find out more. I have never owned anything over a x60 series because I could SLI lower end cards and play everything, but this really motivates me to buy a single card and upgrade it later with a 2nd, 3rd, or 4th.
I will need to read so I can see the downfalls though, if there are any. I'm not going to have time till the weekend though.
Even the bone-stock reference models with a 980MHz Boost clock will hit around 1122MHz (+/- 26MHz) straight out of the box with no overclocking. So it's more of an automatic 1100MHz
From what I've seen, H2O doesn't seem to really have any impact on the maximum overclock simply because temperature isn't really a concern at the moment. Since you can't manually increase the voltage over 1.175V to increase the maximum overclock, and since temperatures are already below 70C with even moderate fan speeds in the most demanding games, H2O will have very little benefit overall (if at all). If we could figure out a way to unlock the voltage (and i'm quite certain you can with some PCB mods, you could with the 680), then H2O would be a lot more important. Right now, the locked voltage seems to be whats holding back overclocks, then power percent, then temperature.