Originally Posted by motoray
Is it just me who finds it strange that a site full of ppl with voltages n freq cranked up everywhere is freaking out that motherboards are going to die. My not top of the line mobo/processor/gpu has voltage and freq jacked up as far as it can stable for the last... 4-5 years straight. Longest i have ever went on a system.
That's a great point. Here we have a board full of peeps who regularly go far beyond the safety specs when running their hardware (CPU's, video cards, memory, you name it) all freaking the hell out that the 480 exceeds spec on the PCIE slot by an entire 5%! Oh the humanity!!!!
I know I have personally run my Titans (already very power hungry cards) at up to 1.45V on countless occasions and have never really worried much about damaging anything to be honest. For reference, I bought these cards in February of 2013! I'm sorry but 5% overdraw of the slot is NOT going to damage anything. Now when you get into the issues of overvolting and OCing, well then I guess we can have a different discussion, but as always OCing (and especially overvolting) has always been subject to risk and anybody doing so should be fully prepared to accept the consequences of possible hardware failure anyway (otherwise they should be running at stock).
There's no question that this is a goof for AMD and is the LAST thing they probably want to be dealing with just a day after launching their all important first 14nm cards. There's no excuse that something like this wasn't caught in pre-production testing, I absolutely agree with the Nvidia fanboys on that point (of course they really only care about it because its something they can drag AMD through the mud over). That being said, there is every reason to expect that the fix will be a simple BIOS/driver edit and that this will be implemented very quickly (look how fast they dealt with the Crimson fan curve issue). I predict that by this time next week or slightly beyond this issue will be a distant memory (except with the fanboys who I suspect will never let this go as long as 480's exist). Even still, I would almost guarantee that the issue as it exists will not effect any end users anyway, at least running at stock (again, OCing is subject to the same expectation of possible failure as with ANY card in the history of ever). That 5% wattage overdraw simply will not damage PCIE slots, I don't care what any disreputable sources from Reddit tell you.
Left unsaid is that none of the AIB cards will even have this issue to begin with and they will likely end up being the most popular 480's sold anyway. Just the same old fear mongering and grasping at straws that the fanboys do every single time AMD releases a new product, and it in no way whatsoever disqualifies the entire 480 lineup from being the impressive performance and value standout that it is. Its disappointing that this wasn't caught by them before release but still largely irrelevant...