Originally Posted by Art Vanelay
How many times do I have to say that flashing the BIOS voids the warranty? If the voltage is limited in the BIOS, then people will have to void their warranty to increase the voltage to levels which will seriously affect longevity,
LOL! dude, you are weird ... my point was that you do not have to flash the BIOS since even with vmodded BIOS the gains are small and only around +50MHz over the max you can do with STOCK FREAKING BIOS AND MANUAL OFFSETS AND MAX POWER TARGET WITHIN MANUFACTURER SPECS WHILE KEEPING THE WARRANTY! You are still subject to lottery when buying those cards and nobody knows if you buy a high clocker or a mediocre one, this never changes ever.
let me put this straight forward for you (570 reference unlocked voltage vs 670 reference locked voltage):
1. stock 570 @ 732MHz and whatever vgpu factory set for it (could be 0.96v or could be 1.025v)
2. max stable overclocked 570 @ around 900-950MHz with max allowed vgpu up to 1.13v (based on experience with two such cards)
3. stock 670 doing max STOCK boost of 1097MHz with stock 100% power target value and automatic/adaptive voltage within specs (goes up to 1.17V when needed, idles at 324Mhz @ 0.9v in adaptive power mode)
4. max stable overclocked 670 doing max MANUAL MODE OFFSET on the core with MAX power target value (within specs) resulting in max boost at 1243MHz core and automatic/adaptive voltage within specs (still goes up to stock 1.17v when needed and idles at 324Mhz @ 0.9v in adaptive power mode)
570 reference can on average get overclocked (within safe specs) by around 168MHz (for my weaker card) or up to 218MHz (for my stronger card) when going with max allowed safe voltage
670 reference can on average get overclocked (within safe specs) by around 146MHz when going with max allowed safe voltage (locked by nvidia)
was warranty voided for either of those cards? no.
would you void the warranty on 570 card when pumping it with much higher voltage than overclocking software allowed 1.13v (or 1.15v for some apps)? yes, I would think so. same as you would by running 670 card with 1.21v voltage (vmodded BIOS), nobody is forcing you to do so however and choice is always upon user (with consequences).
performance of each is another story and in short a single 670 gives nearly same gaming experience as 570 running in SLI, benchmarking scores (synthetic) will of course be higher for 570 still, but so will the power usage and generated heat.
if you meant classified/lightning cards with your comment then write to vendors who pulled them down and ask when/if they are going to release the new custom OV models with their own warranty (since nvidia will not pay for RMA) covering possible failures coming from their custom designs utilizing nvidia components.
I am done with this thread, do as you will people, run to AMD if you like, not my problem, really ... subscribing out.Edited by feniks - 10/7/12 at 6:20pm