I wonder if they altered the power target ? it just seems to me either they had a great 480 that did not throttle, maybe a very good card or in an open air review bench , or the strix was throttling.
Its not the reviewers job to test power target and sustained boost clocks for an "out of the box" review i know but there was a video i watched of the XFX non ref 480 throttling its 1328 boost down to 1266 mhz until they upped the power target to about 20% i think it was and then it held its 1328 boost in the Witcher3 . That game seems to bring out the throttling well .
You can also up the power target on reference too , however the aibs are better at cooling and supplying the power via 8 pin. Do we know if they played with the power target at techpower up ? If they didn't then i kind of would expect this result , especially with variability in review samples / gpu asics etc.
"Overclocking results listed in this section are achieved with the default fan and voltage settings as defined in the VGA BIOS. We choose this approach as it is the most realistic scenario for most users."
Hmm doesnt seem like they pushed it at all .. no extra voltage ? You buy a strix and don't up power target - fans or voltage .. weak attempt at overclocking in my opinion.
Give me 80% fans, full voltage, max power target .. then lets see 1400+ clocks more like it.Edited by Orthello - 7/21/16 at 2:17pm