Originally Posted by Thready
Realistically speaking, when getting one of the highest end consumer grade cards on the market, the need for overclocking is, for the most part, non existent. When you use an HD 7870 like I do, an overclock can give you actual performance boosts that can be noticed. But there is no reason to overclock a 780ti. I know many people might argue with me but people who know about video cards would probably agree. At this point, however, when you are spending that kind of money, the best way to go would be to buy the card that will last the longest. I would get whatever card runs cooler. Overclocking CAN have a negative impact on hardware over time. If you spend $700 on a video card the best thing to do, for longevity, is to keep it at stock speeds with a nice cooler on it. But that's just my two cents. I am sure someone is going to give me some benchmark from some site showing me how I am wrong but if you spend your own money on this stuff, you want it to last. It is better to have the core clock stay at 875 MHz than to overclock it, mess with the voltages, and run the risk of something happening to it that the warranty won't cover because they do not cover a user overclocking the part.
And dude, it's a 780 ti. You could cut the power of the card in half and still be able to run many games at high settings.
I'm getting the 780 Ti primarily for two reasons: one is that I'll be upgrading to a 1440p @120Hz+ monitor (ASUS PG278Q) and need all that horsepower, and the other is longevity. I know I won't be needing to overclock this beast of a card for quite some time, but being able to do so safely when needed is certainly a plus in the long run. When I buy something, I don't look just at the immediate future, that's why I'm choosing between brands that offer a 3-year warranty in my country too. Also, it doesn't even imply voiding your warranty... and I'm not one of those guys trying to squeeze the maximum out of their cards just to show some numbers on the internet and be in the top places of the tables. I'm simply a gamer who wants to be able to do some nice OC when it's really needed and to tweak the voltages as much as it is permitted.
And yes, I'm investing my hard earned money here, not my parents'.
Originally Posted by DanielCoffey
Strider - I can help with a couple of your questions as I have the ASUS 780ti in its reference form (but not the DirectCU).
There is indeed a warranty sticker on one of the cooler screws. I tested the card in Valley on air to check I didn't have a lemon then took it off. I managed to get it off in fair shape but it is designed to flake away if tampered with.
Once I switched to the EK cooler and backplate, I flashed the BIOS with the voltage unlocked one on the nVidia 780ti thread here by skyn3t.
I am able to get a stable overclock of 1300 boost 7800 memory at 1.000 volts, 110% power target under water. The temperature hovers at 46C in Valley but less in real games.
Thanks for your feedback!
Well, I really wanted to put the card under water in the future to hit those temps you are reporting and assist in the cooling of the GPU and hot VRMs, but that's not a good thing. I don't wanna mess things up and end up voiding the warranty.
On the other hand, a friend told me that I should not worry about those hot VRM temps reported by Guru (pretty much what you said in your last post, Two Cables), and that ASUS has an immaculate track record over the last few years regarding graphics cards coolers.
Btw, 1.000V?Edited by Strider49 - 4/8/14 at 4:17pm