Re: Building First Computer: Advice Needed
Sometimes i feel like i'm the only person who don't mind shipped OC cards. I like to buy something, make sure it works, and enjoy the games i bought it for. if its only $20 more, and saves me from oc'ing, testing, etc etc i feel its worth the cash. I guess it depends on the person and how they want to experience there PC.
From tomshardware, test on "Differences: Reference Versus Aftermarket"
"In the end, you’re getting an overclocked product with better cooling, better performance, lower noise, and functional 2D profiles (the higher factory clock speeds ensure that the card throttles GPU and memory clock speed when it runs in 2D mode). Overclocking GPU and the memory on your own typically leads to increased idle clock speeds and substantially higher idle power consumption. Our cross check shows that you’ll be getting similar results on factory-overclocked cards from other vendors as well."