- Apr 24, 2010
I believe the term is "base" frequency, and "boost". So, of course all the reviews are at "base", out of the box, frequencies without applying a manual overclock. How the card acts without user intervention is what we are after here, and all the reviewers offer there reviews using that configuration because that is going to be the typical user experience. I don't imagine more than 10% of the user base even cares what the clock speeds are, just how does it work when I turn it on.
Close yes, but their are 3 speeds. There is the real base which is 1440Mhz, then there is the "Boost" that your AIB advertises, eg; EVGA Gaming 1710MHz, and finally Nvidia has GPU Boost which is it's own boost, so if there is thermal and power headroom, Nvidia will boost even higher until it hits the ceiling, or in the current case crashes @ or around 2GHz, I guess depending if you AIB cheapened out on the Power Delivery parts.
But I think it's important for everyone to understand that while it sucks your card crashes at 2GHz, you're only guaranteed whatever speed your AIB advertised. It's crashing because Nvidia GPU Boost and it's algorithm is boosting the card up as high as temps and power will allow, and obviously crashing because the particular AIB card you have cheaped out on caps. Solution, just lock the boost speeds for certain affected cards, and or have the Nvidia Driver not be so aggresive with it's boost algorithm.
Red Dead just completely froze up on me again... hope they release a FW or Driver update soon to bring down the boost speeds.