Originally Posted by jomama22
If artmoney/voltage control worked on every card, it would of pretty much been even across the board. Thats the only reason you see 680 lngs consistently higher then most. The OG classy 680 with evbot control did the exact same clocks. The gigabyte SOC 680 with the ln2 button could also be used with artmoney, and achieved similar clocks as well.
I'm not so sure about that. The PCB of the reference cards, I suspect would strain under the very high voltages. We're talking ~1,400 MHz on a day to day use card, perhaps even in SLI as well. As has been pointed out, MSI's advantage is the power delivery to the physical chip. If you tried to do that type of overclocking on a reference card, I suspect that there would be the danger that the VRMs might blow up. Power consumption goes up very quickly when you're talking about these types of overclocks. Furthermore, you'd have the issue of throttling, which the Lightnings did not do.
That said, I am not surprised that other well made custom PCBs could achieve good results as well. It's just that I doubt that the reference board can do it for a 24-7 overclock.Edited by CrazyElf - 7/8/13 at 4:19am