So I bought a new comp recently and I got the Asus 5850 DirectCU. This is not the DirectCU TOP, which is the factory overclocked version. I meant the get the OC'd one but I guess I clicked the wrong one on newegg. They look identical, and there is like a 10 dollar price difference. What I want to know is if the DirectCU non-TOP version is the exact same card hardware-wise. I.e. could I just OC it to the same levels as the TOP edition without worrying? I have heard that the 5850 is terribad at overclocking, but perhaps that is just reference versions and I believe that this card is non-reference. So I don't want to risk damaging it. But I will feel way better if I know that this is the same card as a card that comes factory-OC, essentially just without paying a 10 dollar factory overclocking fee. Anybody know? Help is greatly appreciated.
Also, if it can OC, anyone know how far it can be pushed?
Software OC will not IIRC, though I do recommend you using Afterburner instead.
Unless you flash the BIOS or do hardware based modding, I doubt they can tell anyways.
So I know this might start to be better placed in the OC section, but will MSI Afterburner work on my Asus card? I need it to change the clocks as well as control the fan properly don't I? I don't think I want to risk overvoltaging it yet but I can eventually I suppose. I do however want to keep it cool (although its practically frosty stock).
Aftrerburner/Precision is basically Rivatuner with different GUIs and some improvements, and should be able to support all GPUs, it supports my EVGA 8600GT nicely. It is a better, easier and more stable way to OC than ASUS's software.
However, for voltage you'll still need to use ASUS smartdoctor I believe.
Overdrive is decent, but it really isn't much better than the built-in OC feature in ccc.