You missed 2 important facts:
1 - I'm new here, just appeared.... so not important. No one cares what I say.
2 - I like my card. I'm happpy with the performance. Do I wish my vram could run like it should? YES!
Still, I'm ok with the performance and stabilty (now that I have a clue at how to measure that)
I needed a card today, not tomorrow or 6 months down the road when you'll offer something faster, cooler, cheaper... no doubt!
... I'm ok with it all.
Perhaps something in the translation rubbed me the wrong way... after all, I'm playing, you're working. There is either def a disconnect or bazaar sense of foreknowledge implied by your response... that reeks of bs, but I'll leave it at that.
fyi - i can hit higher benchmarks when I pretend occt sees no artifacts. My posted bench is stable with 0 errors on various shader levels for >30 mins. However, can't hit more than 1560 mem keeping occt happy. Fortunately, all the games I play run great at occt-happy card settings, so I'm good!
Let the fan boyz crash there boxes... I need stable, reasonably cool and fun;This card delivers!
<why am i not in bed or playing a fun game... bye!>
Originally Posted by MSIalex
I'm not customer service so I don't want to take any official position. That being said, I hope that you guys can understand that RMA has a specific procedure and policy in place because it involves cost accounting, who to charge for labor (MSI HQ, or USA sales, or USA RMA, or some other department), and due to liability issues we cannot just simply ship out a fan.
It's not that we do not trust the end-user; we are simply doing things by the book.
PM me your specific RMA # and I will see what I can do. No guarantees, though.
And a comment about card performance: as most people know, overclocking is never a guarantee. Simply allowing unlocking to a GTX470 does not imply you will achieve the same performance. Even issues with "bad cards" has a lot to do with luck and nothing else.
As for the cards themselves... The GPUs are binned as such for a reason... and I'll touch below on that point.
HAHAHA that's a good way of putting it.... however, it's really not that simple.
I am not really at liberty (right now) to say how things are done, but the smart consumer can figure out what exactly the GTX465 is (as a product) by reading some reviews about the reference design, and how it performs versus the GTX470.
That will help explain a lot.