Originally Posted by reflex99;13067755
even if they didn't have the voltage lock, these cards wouldn't OC well.
They took the best 580 dies, and wasted them on a card with a VRM setup that cannot handle the load.
If these cards could take 1.2v+ then they would be monsters.
The issue really isn't the voltage lock, it's the OCP.
Even if you unlocked the voltage, the OCP is still standing there shocking your balls with a cattleprod.
However, these dies are actually EXTREMELY efficient!
Originally Posted by jcde7ago;13067767
Well yeah, that's exactly what i am talking about - there is a huge, ridiculous difference between overvolting between 0.963mV to 1.02-1.05mV from STOCK 0.913mV and, say, overvolting updwards of 1.1mV WITHOUT OCP, which was the reason for the whole VRM-blowup issue.
It doesn't solve the fact that Nvidia cheapened out on the VRMs, no one can deny that - they could have gone a much better route, though the cost of the card would undoubtedly have gone up.
That doesn't mean that the card isn't already powerful enough as it is, considering that it costs $300 less than 580s in SLI, and the fact that it does have decent overclocking potential if overvolted to around 1.00mV, which would be perfectly safe and allow us to reach at least 725mhz and push it close to stock 580 SLI performance.
It'll take some time no doubt, but I hope those drivers/BIOS eventually come.
I think we'll see custom drivers // Manufacturer bios FAR before we see Nvidia accept the "issues" at hand...
They're too high on their horse for this one...That press release alone man
Personally, I think this release will go underground like the 9800s had to...