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This has probably been talked about before, but I can't seem to find it.
I am in the final stages of shopping for parts for my new computer, and I am having a bit of trouble on which video card. I can't find benchmarks of an overclocked SSC 9800 gtx against an overclocked non-ssc 9800 gtx.
I have always thought that eVGA's Super-super-clock was kind of a waste because I am going to overclock my card anyways, but recently I have heard something that has made a bit of sense. Someone has said that the SSC cards undergo more rigorous stress testing and have higher standards when being selected than the regular cards, and therefore perform better and have a better overclock potential.
Is this true?
In my case (with my build), ANY potential increase in performance and/or potential justifies the extra 50 bucks. Is it true that a SSC card will have better performance and can be overclocked higher? Or will I see no difference at all (besides the one in my wallet) between an overclocked normal card and an overclocked ssc card?
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I don't really know, but seeing as you're using a 790i and have 1000W PSU, it would probably make more sense if you spent a few more bucks and SLI two 8800GTS (G92)
    
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I don't really know, but seeing as you're using a 790i and have 1000W PSU, it would probably make more sense if you spent a few more bucks and SLI two 8800GTS (G92)
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post #4 of 19
The SSC cards also run at a higher voltage, which should allow for a greater overclock. And, yeah, I agree with the above posters: two 8800GTS' in SLI would be a better choice.
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post #5 of 19
Get the vanillia editions. I had the same problem. I was able to hit above SSC clocks on both of my eVGA 9800GTX's. They're running 800/2000/2350 from stock 675/1688/2200.

FYI I get 20k in 3DMark06 with both GTX's. It's a good buy (at least in my area). At local vendors in Canada, GTS is 50 dollars more than the 9800GTX. Hence, I went with the 9800GTX's. Great deal, great performance, I'm happy.

Just get the vanilla editions. You should be able to hit SSC clocks just fine (770/1944/2300).

If anything you could also flash your Cards with the 9800GTX SSC bios.
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post #6 of 19
I don't know why you would get a 9800GTX. Why not get a 8800GTS for less $$.
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I don't know why you would get a 9800GTX. Why not get a 8800GTS for less $$.
Yeah, GTS's and even GTs perfrom almost at par with 9800GTX's. At least in the states you guys have the GTS's cheaper... in Canada, they're more expensive. Go figure, we pay through the roof for everything here..
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I don't know why you would get a 9800GTX. Why not get a 8800GTS for less $$.
Are the 9800GTXs not clocking any higher than the 8800 series? I haven't kept up with this release...
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post #9 of 19
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Originally Posted by xHassassin View Post
I don't really know, but seeing as you're using a 790i and have 1000W PSU, it would probably make more sense if you spent a few more bucks and SLI two 8800GTS (G92)
Thank you for the advice.
I should have been more specific; I have already made up my mind in that I am going to get the 9800 gtx. I do, however, thank you all for your concern for my making a potential bad purchase.

What I would like to know, is whether a SSC card can overclock higher than a non SSC card can overclock.
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Well, SSC cards have higher voltages, allowing them to clock further.

SSC clocks are 770/1944/2300.

I can hit them no problem with my 9800GTXs.

In fact, I can hit 800/2000/2350 so far. I plan on flashing and editing an SSC bios to help my cards go further. My logic tells me that SSC will most likely provide a little bit more headroom, but hey, look at my vanilla GTX's, they're clocking just fine..
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