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Old 07-01-08, 03:33 AM   #13
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Default Re: Factory OC'd GTX 260, safe/worth it?

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As I recall, Chrisray(aka works for nvidia) says the 260's run even hotter than the 280's, so overclocked version might not be such a good idea. Then again as long as you get a factory overclocked one you can always RMA it.
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Old 07-01-08, 10:19 AM   #14
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Default Re: Factory OC'd GTX 260, safe/worth it?

Azanon and Nanoch make a good point about the speed binning. Are the mildly overclocked cards basically the "bad" ones that couldn't make it to the higher clocks? If they couldn't make it to the higher clocks, what are the chances that under less optimal conditions, e.g. a hot case, that they could overheat even at the mild overclock?

Here's the thing though, I really don't want to mess around with overclocking myself. I'm not a tweaker; I just want to install drivers and go, I don't want to spend time figuring out at what point the card is stable.

The card I'm looking at has a very mild overclock (602/2052), so even if it's not the best, you'd think it should be ok at those clocks, unless the 260's are that close to tolerance at stock speed, but judging by the numbers some people here are running that doesn't appear to be the case.

Annoyingly though, due to price drops, there's now a $20 difference between the standard clocked cards and the 602/2052. I'll still have to think about it a bit more, but I've got to make a decision soon.
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Old 07-01-08, 11:03 AM   #15
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I doubt very much each and every card is tested for it's OC ability. They will just be tested to make sure they're functioning properly. That would explain how there are a crap load of over heating 280's about. They will have been tested and passed but not run for 30 mins on full load. Can you imagine how much that would cost a company to do. (EDIT: Probably not as much as all the RMA's )

What I do think will be true is that many, if not most, 260 chips will be 280 chips with a failed cluster (correct terminology?) of cores. If fact I would say the 280 range would not have been viable without selling some of the failed GPUs as 260's. nVIDIA will just be trying to claw some of the money lost by low yields. Like Intel did with P4's and Celerons, etc.
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If you get one from XFX or Evga you can OC as much as you like without voiding your warranty. You may also replace your HSF and not void the warranty.

If you want a guaranteed OC grab one from Evga or XFX that is factory overclocked. XFX has an OCed card that is @ 640 out the box for 405usd @ Newegg now-

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150310

That card was put up against a GTX 280 @ 700 on the core here-

http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/148...ion/index.html

A GTX 260 @ around 640 on the core should be enough card for most folks. The one [H]ard tested did 675 with zero issues. Firingsquad got one that went all the way to 712.

It is luck of the draw and I doubt there are a lot of cards out there that won't do 640. nVidia often releases cards at lower clocks first them ramps them up later.

You can always go SLi later too. GTX 260s might be below 350 or less by then.
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Old 07-01-08, 06:42 PM   #17
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I haven't seen any GTX260 that won't do the OC my cards are at (700/1400/1200). My max (FurMark stable) OC was 740/1480/1280 with the fan on 100%.
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