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Are the EVGA GTX 580s just as OC'able as the 580 SCs? I'm suspecting the 580 SCs are for people that would rather not spend time OC'ing and testing for stability. I'm considering a regular GTX 580 and OC'ing it myself and hope to get a reasonable OC, at least as much as the GTX 580 SC. I've Googled for this but didn't find much. Thanks.
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I think it really depends on whether or not they are Binning the chips, I doubt this would be public knowledge either way though....
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The SC cards in my opinion, are complete wastes of money after owning a couple of them myself. If they are better binned, it isn't by much. My GTX 480 SC had only a 25mhz higher core clock, something that is easily doable yourself. The stock voltages on them were also average at best.
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post #4 of 8
same exact thing except a speed bump which you can do on your own.
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The problem I have with the "Super-Clocked" cards is the OC is something I am sure almost every 580 can do and thus as previous posters have said there is no guarantee they are any better binned or not...
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they used to bin chips back in the GTX 2xx cards, don't know about the newer stuff, i know my GTX 260 sc overclocks alot better then the non sc one, but a simple bio's flash to the sc on both and they oc almosy the same now.
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I have a feeling that the the 40 nm process is fairly mature at this point and whatever comes out of the foundaries is very consistent to the point that 95% of the chips will overclock to similar clocks, and the remaining 5% aren't going to yield huge increases. I don't think there is a whole lot to bin these days.

I find it analogous to how Intel Core chips seem to overclock to similar amounts, most chips consistently hit 4.0, many will hit 4.2 cooling allowing, and they seem to have stability issues beyond 4.2. This is regardless if you pick up a 920 or a 975.
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I thought "superclocked" EVGA cards had more OC'n potential, thus given the name?
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