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Old 06-17-2008, 06:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Are overclock'ed video cards a plain rip off?

I see overclocked versions of video cards, and It makes me wonder if that is just a rip off?

Cause they can be manually overclocked as far as I know.

Am I missing something?
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They're for people who are too afraid to overclock their own. Overclocking is a mixed bag, sometimes its worth it to get a card that you KNOW will hit that mark, while if you overclock a stock card, you might or might not get the same numbers.
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Default Re: Are overclock'ed video cards a plain rip off?

They're a rip off, they're used to fool noobs who have never heard of the program ATiTool, plus you can use the same overclocked settings to overclock a normal reference card
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They're a rip off. They're usually not overclocked enough to even make a difference. Usually only by 10-15MHz.
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Default Re: Are overclock'ed video cards a plain rip off?

Usually i see it 50 and up
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Default Re: Are overclock'ed video cards a plain rip off?

I've fried 2 video cards by OC'ing, and they were pretty mild overclocks, a few hours into a game & poof artifacts.

A lot of times superclocked versions can be had with better coolers than stock and within $5 & have a warranty for that clock speed, seems reasonable to me.
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Default Re: Are overclock'ed video cards a plain rip off?

id say they're rubish. JUst buy a normal clocked one and oc it yourself.
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Default Re: Are overclock'ed video cards a plain rip off?

It depends, in some cases the oc'd cards do clock higher.

In my case, XFX charged $30 for the overclclocked version of my card, but i still
got the lower clocked version and was able to oc past the version they sold for $30.

Others may not get so lucky, and get a card that doesnt oc for crap.
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Default Re: Are overclock'ed video cards a plain rip off?

Howcome, there is no overclocked processors? or ram? or so on?
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Default Re: Are overclock'ed video cards a plain rip off?

Because the clock of A processor or RAM is set and made permanent by the motherboard they are connected to, therefore, people could sell pre overclocked, they would just have to sell a motherboard already connected to/with them..

And hopefully the CMOS would not be cleared during shipping.
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