Originally Posted by lightsout
Originally Posted by num1son
Don't bother just buy the normal version and clock it the same. I tried getting the SC'd versions of the 570 hoping for better binning, and they were both just very average overclockers.
I agree there is no binning going on with SC cards. Don't waste your money. Shoot it seems they don't even bin the classy cards. There were a bunch of people posting that their classys couldn't run at the shipped clock/voltage.
Just get the regular one and clock it to where you want. All of them will do the SC speed, its a tiny bump.
To some degree 'YES' they are binned. Directly from the mouth of an EVGA Product manager. Are GTX 580 SCs Binned?Not all cards are tested
for SC/FTW/HC speeds, meaning not all the VRAM was binned so it IS possible that you end up with a vanilla flavor card with great VRAM. Hence the confusion. Luck of the draw with vanilla.
Binned VRAM do not over clock the same though. Some can over clock better than others which is also luck of the 'binned' draw.
Now SC is confirmed to run at SC clocks and nothing more, again hence why you can have a vanilla flavor card where it wasn't binned but was actually great VRAM and will over clock higher than the SC version. Since the SC cards are not tested beyond their 'SC' clocks anyway, you might have a poor over clocker regardless.
So for the extra $10 on the price will garrantee that it will at least
perform at the higher clock than stock and perhaps nothing more. To some it's a small piece of mind and to others not.
I myself thought in the same lines and thought what the heck let me go with SC. I ended up over clocking @ 944Mhz 1.1250v with a 3DMark11 'graphic' score of 7200 on my single card on stock air cooling. Not too shabby. I'm running 24/7 over clock @ 890Mhz which is a 15% over clock over vanilla flavor clocks stable for quite some time at stock 1.0880v.
Hope this helps clear up some confusion with proof behind it directly from EVGA.