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Any point in getting the OC version of a card?

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September 4, 2012 8:05:17 PM

Specifically the sapphire 7950.

There is a stock version

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And an OC VERSION

WITH BLACK DVI PORT!!!!!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seriously though. I could pocket the extra ten bucks (ooohhh, aahhhh) and just OC that bad-boy myself. Do they bin the OC cards so that they're specifically better/the ones that fail OC get binned as the cheaper model, or do they just put a safe OC on certain cards and charge 10 bucks more?

Is there any point not to just go with the cheaper card as i'll be trying to max the OC with MSI Afterburner myself anyways?

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September 4, 2012 8:08:47 PM

Specifically the sapphire 7950.

There is a stock version

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And an OC VERSION

WITH BLACK DVI PORT!!!!!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seriously though. I could pocket the extra ten bucks (ooohhh, aahhhh) and just OC that bad-boy myself. Do they bin the OC cards so that they're specifically better/the ones that fail OC get binned as the cheaper model, or do they just put a safe OC on certain cards and charge 10 bucks more?

Is there any point not to just go with the cheaper card as i'll be trying to max the OC with MSI Afterburner myself anyways?
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September 4, 2012 8:09:42 PM

Usually, factory overclocked cards are cherry picked to overclock well. I think it's worth the $10.
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September 4, 2012 8:15:11 PM

in the pics it's the exact same cooler on both.
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September 4, 2012 8:16:41 PM

OK, If they're binned to OC better, I agree it's probably worth a ten dollar bill. Thanks!
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September 4, 2012 8:16:50 PM

Best answer selected by internetlad.
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September 4, 2012 8:17:22 PM

i'm not sure about the binning being better on the OCd cards but they sometimes have better coolers and hence run cooler which would be another thing to look at. Although those cards look exactly the same
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September 4, 2012 8:20:26 PM

No problem, glad I helped ;) .
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September 4, 2012 8:25:29 PM

This is just my opinion, but for $10. just get the snazzy OC version. I'm all about getting the better deal but when your talking about $10 for a $320 card it's pocket change. it's not like you can take the extra $10 and reinvest it in some other part of your build.
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September 4, 2012 8:44:03 PM

I did a silly test yesterday and got an extra ~2000 3dmarks on 2006 from the an underclocked 4890's OC ed. card compared to the factory OC.

#from 850 core to the default 901 in OC. Did not even touch the gddr yet. ^^

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September 4, 2012 11:12:00 PM

It was more about getting it under the 300 dollar price point and less about the actual 10 dollar difference. For some reason, convincing my wife to let me buy a 299 dollar card is easier than a 310 dollar card. Probably because it seems like (without truly being) a significantly better value.
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September 4, 2012 11:14:15 PM

Hold up, You underclocked a factory OC model to reference clocks and it gave a higher score, or you overclocked a stock card and it gave you a higher score than factory OC?

Either way the fact that you got a different score is intriguing.
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September 4, 2012 11:15:50 PM

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