Originally Posted by Niberius
Oh my bad, I didnt realize you were not in the states.
Haha, don't sweat it! Australia gets royally screwed over for pricing on most things.
Originally Posted by Roboyto
The reference blower can still show you what your card is capable of, granted you have to force the fan to 'leaf blower' mode...but it will cool the chip/VRMs so the card doesn't throttle. I was able to push the core on my XFX Black Edition to 1200+ with the stock blower fan set at 75%. After going under water I was only able to squeeze roughly another 40-80 MHz, depending on benchmark, out of the core; memory clocks were not affected. The biggest improvement is undoubtedly noise, and after that temperatures. Either you will get a good clocking chip, or you won't...that's the silicon lottery.
Check out my build log if you want, there is a spreadsheet with all of my overclocking for benchmarking listing clocks, voltages, scores, etc.
So you're saying i should just go for it now? Haha
Toobad the 14.2's make my idle stuff up (runs really hot) and 13.12's make me black screen with afterburner open. Not keen on trying 14.3's yet.. lol
I'll see how it goes later I guess, I never thought of that though haha. Here to hoping for a golden card!