Originally Posted by spypet
Question: would you return a card you can't seem to overclock over 10% completely and always stable.
I have found stability at a slightly disappointing 1110 core, 1440 memory, 1.231 volts and around 74 degrees at full load. It's a bummer I have to up the voltage that much just to get the core stable at 1100. It's especially disappointing because OC'ing this card yields big results in a linear fashion.
All the same, I wouldn't recommend going through the newegg RMA process if you can attain those numbers. For one thing, you've got to pay for return shipping (around 12 dollars if within the U.S.) Also, you'll be without a good card for around 10 days total if you need to wait for newegg to reimburse your credit card or debit card before you buy another video card. There's the delay of it actually getting to newegg, then there's a day or two of them "processing the RMA". Then you've got a 3 to 5 day delay for reimbursement.
I you do decide to RMA with newegg, I'll recommend two things: tell them the card occasionally freezes on stock settings (you don't need to mention anything about overclocking). And then, if the option doesn't become available, call the RMA support number and request store credit which will come via an email and much quicker than waiting for them to reimburse your card or bank.
I RMA'd a Powercolor 7950 open box (i'm an idiot for buying it in the first place) that wouldn't overclock even 5 percent and actually did freeze up at stock settings once every 4 hours on average.Edited by Camel Toad - 9/25/13 at 9:19am