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Old 07-26-08, 03:58 AM   #3
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Default Re: Overclocked Editions

I've wondered about this before (and posted). At what point are things binned, at the chip foundry, after board assembly, at the card supplier, all of the above? If all of the card suppliers get a random sample of cards and then companies like BFG and EVGA bin them and sell them according to OC-ability then, if you want to buy a card with standard clocks, it would seem you would do better buying it from a company that doesn't bin. You may get lucky and get something that OCs to evga-ftw levels. Similarly, if the OC-ability is simply a function of the card assembly and how well the cooler is making contact w/ the GPU, you may be better off buying a std card. Again, this is based on all card suppliers getting a random sample of cards. Now, if the faster GPUs are being binned at the chip foundry (just like they do for CPUs) and the cards based on those GPUs are being tracked and sold for a premium to the card suppliers, then I guess that you get what you pay for.
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