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Old May 8, 2009, 06:02 AM
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One of the things (I think I harp on this a lot, but it's important to me.... :) ) I'm curious about is the ability to set custom fan profiles with the manufacturer's software.... I know that the ASUS software allows for setting temp related fan speed profiles on ATI cards, does that functionality follow through with their Nvidia offerings? Do any of the other manufacturers' software have this ability?
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Finally.... Wasn't it the EVGA software that allowed for bumping of GPU voltages? Does that work with the GTS250 cards?
Maybe I have been missing it this whole time but I haven't seen any voltage adjustments in the EVGA software. ASUS and Gigabyte offer it on SOME cards.
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Old May 8, 2009, 06:07 AM
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See the 3rd slide here under Fan Control:






Maybe I have been missing it this whole time but I haven't seen any voltage adjustments in the EVGA software. ASUS and Gigabyte offer it on SOME cards.
So the is the ASUS software the only one that offers temperature related preset fan speed adjustments then?

On the subject of the voltage tweaks.... I'm not all that familiar with vid card OCing (outside of fairly standard methods) so maybe I'm thinking of the wrong manufacturer.... which company was it that released an OC tool for it's own cards that allowed for voltage tweaks, but had an unofficial patch available that would remove the "brand" requirement? (Maybe I'm completely off the mark here and it was a motherboard OC app).
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So the is the ASUS software the only one that offers temperature related preset fan speed adjustments then?
Yes.

As for the voltage control software...yoinks: EVGA | EVGA GPU Voltage Tuner | EVGA GPU Voltage Tuner
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Old May 8, 2009, 07:35 AM
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Thanks, I didn't think I was losing my marbles, but I'd forgotten that it was limited to 260 or better vid cards. :)
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I'd like to see how the Calibre does with some watercooling.... Looks like a fantastic card.
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Old May 8, 2009, 10:55 AM
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Yeah that's the one that piqued my interest as well. It might not have the best cooling of the bunch, but the gull-wing (a-la bricklin Bricklin SV-1 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ) function of the heatsink is pretty damn cool, and I'm wondering if the inclusion of heatsinks on the memory made the difference in max OC.
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All right guys; it is time for an interesting tidbit here which affected ALL of these cards.

The memory has NO limit. Basically I could increase the memory as high as Rivatuner's sliders would allow (around 3Ghz DDR) and it wouldn't crash or artifact at all. Interesting, no?

Well, after further testing it seemed that every card's actual performance would plateau at a certain memory speed and then start dropping significantly. This led to ALOT of trial and error when overclocking. Basically, the clocks you see are the highest attained before performance started suffering.

IMO, these cards automatically adjust the memory latencies when overclocking memory above a certain point which causes diminishing returns rather quickly.
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Old May 8, 2009, 11:13 AM
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Hrmmmmm.....

Well then, doesn't that just open up a whole new outlook on OCing vid cards...... :)

Imagine somebody coming up with a program similar to memset for video memory, and how much fun we could have benching these things for max performance....
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UPS was here today with my new Evga GTS 250. I installed about an hour ago and it has been folding since. The Evga GTS series are all TR's.
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Yes. EVGA has update me a bit: all sub-$200 USD cards will have 1+1 year warranties for the time being.
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