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MSI's GeForce GTX 480 to Offer Over Voltage Too

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 52 comments

MSI advertises a more conservative 15 percent performance boost with more juice.

We saw in a previous article that Asus's GeForce GTX 480 and GTX 470 product will pack a special (supported?) feature that will allow the user to tweak the voltage to "shift into overdrive" to make things "50% faster."

Most of you figured with much sense that the "50%" figure sounded a little curious –a fact that we won't be able to investigate until after the official launch this Friday evening. But now MSI's has shown its card(s) and we can see that its offering has a similar "Over Voltage Function" that boasts a more reasonable 15% performance boost.

 

Perhaps this is early indication of the extra overclocking headroom built into the first batch of Fermi cards.

Image source: MSI.

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    elel , March 25, 2010 12:34 AM
    Next generation of SLI: forget the second vid card, go for a second power supply!
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    dimar , March 25, 2010 1:26 AM
    Next: Gigabyte, XFX, and the rest will offer the same thing, yeah yeah yeah... Now if one of them would include a free 2kW 95% efficient power supply, that would be news :-)

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    njkid3 , March 25, 2010 1:06 AM
    so it MSI's over volt will be a smaller thermonuclear explosion compared to asus's bigger one
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  • 32 Hide
    elel , March 25, 2010 12:34 AM
    Next generation of SLI: forget the second vid card, go for a second power supply!
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    builderbobftw , March 25, 2010 12:35 AM
    Wow, Somebody at MSI knows the first thing about Graphics cards, and any air cooling can't make it 50% faster!
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    njkid3 , March 25, 2010 1:06 AM
    so it MSI's over volt will be a smaller thermonuclear explosion compared to asus's bigger one
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    jennyh , March 25, 2010 1:11 AM
    I'm so glad the rest of the tech world stop progressing so rubbish Fermi information could be made interesting.

    Oh wait my mistake, this is only happening on THG.
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    one-shot , March 25, 2010 1:25 AM
    Just release the damned thing already. I've seen way too many boxes, way too many volt mod cards, and have yet to see anything I'm interested in. I wonder how much nVidia is paying Toms to post ten new boxes each day?
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    dimar , March 25, 2010 1:26 AM
    Next: Gigabyte, XFX, and the rest will offer the same thing, yeah yeah yeah... Now if one of them would include a free 2kW 95% efficient power supply, that would be news :-)

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    calmstateofmind , March 25, 2010 1:31 AM
    if they have a feature where you can increase performance by 15% and it still be stable, why not make that the standard and THEN have an over voltage feature for people with better cooling set ups?

    seems more like a made up selling point than an actual over clock...especially with not a lot of people being familiar with fermi technology and its capabilities.
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    opmopadop , March 25, 2010 1:33 AM
    I for one am interested in these little bits of information. The title of the article did not imply you would see benchmarks. If you dont want to read it, dont get on the forum and bag it.
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    shmung , March 25, 2010 1:35 AM
    O
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    tpi2007 , March 25, 2010 2:21 AM
    Well, with that kind of heatsink, with 5 heatpipes, high TDP, and 15% overvoltage, you'll have your breakfast with nice toasts ready 15% earlier :D 
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    brisingamen , March 25, 2010 2:26 AM
    these articles blogs are ablaze! just like these video cards will be so why wouldnt thg keep posting such hilarity?
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    sabot00 , March 25, 2010 2:47 AM
    Perhaps nVidia should start saying "Fermi will cook bacon for you", it has a grill HSF too!
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    crash_overide228 , March 25, 2010 2:48 AM
    NVIDIA stated this on their facebook page on December 17 2009:
    "Fun Fact of the Week: GF100 graphics cards will provide hardware support for GPU overvoltaging for extreme overclocking!"

    Kinda leads me to think that the overvoltaging is supported.
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    njkid3 , March 25, 2010 2:55 AM
    crash_overide228NVIDIA stated this on their facebook page on December 17 2009:"Fun Fact of the Week: GF100 graphics cards will provide hardware support for GPU overvoltaging for extreme overclocking!"Kinda leads me to think that the overvoltaging is supported.


    they also said alot of other things some of which werent true
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    twist3d1080 , March 25, 2010 3:17 AM
    elelNext generation of SLI: forget the second vid card, go for a second power supply!


    LOL, you win.
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    eklipz330 , March 25, 2010 3:20 AM
    calmstateofmindif they have a feature where you can increase performance by 15% and it still be stable, why not make that the standard and THEN have an over voltage feature for people with better cooling set ups?seems more like a made up selling point than an actual over clock...especially with not a lot of people being familiar with fermi technology and its capabilities.


    i'm guessing only the cherry picked one's get the over voltage feature?
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    curnel_D , March 25, 2010 3:23 AM
    Ok, I'm really not one to complain, but I'm adding my name to the list of those who really don't care anymore. I'm tired of seeing card porn *rolls eyes*. Benchmarks or nothing please.
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    Dekasav , March 25, 2010 3:30 AM
    It's probably all because Nvidia knows their chips can go a bit faster, but to do it, they need more voltage -> higher clocks. However, Nvidia (and most partners) won't release the standards chips like that, because they'd be well over 300watts, and outside PCI-e spec.

    If this is the case, it's not good news for gamers at all. We have standards for very good reasons, and having GPUs released that are dependant on overclocking, especially over-volting isn't a good trend.
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    Trueno07 , March 25, 2010 3:31 AM
    Hah! And i thought it was foolish to want a Stove that doubled as a high end GPU.

    Looks like my dreams are gonna come true!
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    lolsir , March 25, 2010 3:33 AM
    only reason we want fermi to release is cuz we want cheaper ati graphic card :) )
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