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[Techpowerup] MSI and ASUS Send VGA Review Samples with Higher Clocks than Retail Cards

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MSI and ASUS have been sending us review samples for their graphics cards with higher clock speeds out of the box, than what consumers get out of the box. The cards TechPowerUp has been receiving run at a higher software-defined clock speed profile than what consumers get out of the box. Consumers have access to the higher clock speed profile, too, but only if they install a custom app by the companies, and enable that profile. This, we feel, is not 100% representative of retail cards, and is questionable tactics by the two companies.

MSI's factory-overclocked GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X graphics card comes with three software-defined clock-speed profiles, beginning with the "Gaming Mode," which is what the card runs at, out of the box, the faster "OC mode," and the slower "Silent mode," which runs the card at reference clock speeds. To select between the modes, you're expected to install the MSI Gaming software from the driver DVD, and use that software to apply clock speeds of your desired mode. Turns out, that while the retail cards (the cards you find in the stores) run in "Gaming mode" out of the box, the review samples MSI has been sending out, run at "OC mode" out of the box.

http://www.techpowerup.com/223440/msi-and-asus-send-vga-review-samples-with-higher-clocks-than-retail-cards
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I am shocked at this , who would have thought /s
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kudos to him being open about it. other so called journalists are joke nowadays. rolleyes.gif
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because one step boost will make any difference
Edited by jmcosta - 6/16/16 at 5:58am
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So in reality the test they took these cards through and the reviews they posted are invalid compared to the ones comsumers get. Very nice with the honesty up front.
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I am confused as to why this extra step is necessary from the performance standpoint, especially since the clock difference has been so minor.

Clearly CLEARLY These OEMS are governments Spying on us through those apps.. Wouldn't be surprised if they're injecting malicious spy-code through the GPU hardware + GPU app biggrin.gif
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They do it with everything. Monitors aswell. They take the ones will least bleeding / IPS glow and send them to reviewers.
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Thanks to @Nizzen for confirming the clocks of his retail card and sending me its BIOS
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because one step boost will make any difference
today its 1 step, tomorrow it can be 10. point is show what you sell, not something different. doesn't matter if it's only 1 % difference.
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As expected as I've said it before they cherry pick stuff they send for free to reviewers. The only decent reviews are from independent reviewers who go into a retail shop and buy the card same way as any other customer would. Sure the differences aren't that big lately but it can for sure set unrealistic hopes and hype when people see reviews of the cards, then get them and are disappointed because they run nowhere near what the cherry picked reviewer's/advertiser's card did.
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