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Are not all EVGA cards set at the same stock voltage? They vary from "batch" to batch"?
I've been "googling" around the find out what the stock voltage is on my card. It seems to average 1.05v. Others say the stock voltage should be at 1.000v. I uninstalled, and reinstalled, MSI Afterburner + Kombuster, just to be certain. Aftebrurner says, (even after I press "reset"), the voltage is set at 1.088v.
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Might be nothing, or might not. Is that safe for running the card stock.I'm not OC'ing yet.
 

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If it was set like that in the factory it'll be fine, that's higher than most but I've seen other people say that was their stock voltage. You can always just turn it down in MSI Afterburner too, I turned mine down from 1012mv to 950mv and it's stable at stock speeds. About 4 degrees cooler too
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If it was set like that in the factory it'll be fine, that's higher than most but I've seen other people say that was their stock voltage. You can always just turn it down in MSI Afterburner too, I turned mine down from 1012mv to 950mv and it's stable at stock speeds. About 4 degrees cooler too
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Huh. Well if that's the case, what would be a "safer" voltage to operate at? If it only affects heat output, and won't lower performance, I'm willing to manually lower the voltage it to knock off a few degrees.
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Mine's working well at 950mv, tested it with Kombustor and I had no artefacts either. I saw somebody who said theirs was running fine at 925mv but I tried that and I got errors
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Maybe because yours was set higher than mine out of the factory you should try it at 1000mv first and see how that goes. Then if that's fine take it down a bit more.
 

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I've had 5 480's in my possession at various times, all evga vanilla cards. They've had 'stock VID' as it's most often referred to ('stock voltage' is also a correct term) of 1013, 1025, 1050, 1075, and 1100mV.

The best way to check your stock vid is right when you start up the PC, fire up AB and hit 'reset' (it's best if you don't have 'overclock on startup' checked ... you want a 'fresh start').

Then fire up a 3d application briefly, Kombustor is good, windowed mode is fine ... then look at your AB graphs to see what the voltage reads when a 3d app is running. You of course need to have enabled voltage monitoring in the AB settings for that graph to be there.

1088mV is a bit on the high side, but it's not unheard of (like I say, I got a 1100 card once). My guess is that you could lower it to around 1025 and still have the card run okay at stock clocks. Personally I always run the lowest voltage I can get away w/for the clocks I want to run.

And no, voltage does not directly affect performance. More voltage tends to allow you run higher clocks, so it's an indirect relationship.
 
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