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When I first began overclocking in 2002, I was totally clueless so naturally I had many questions, many of which related to video cards.

 

They always seemed a puzzle to me as to their clock speeds and abilities.  Typically when you purchase a CPU, you know how fast it is going to run.  For example, my first Intel Pentium 4 came with a clock speed of 2 GHz and every model had the same stock clock speed, so logically I figured that my NVIDIA Geforce4 Ti 4400 was equal to that of every other one on the market.  

When I found out that this wasn’t true, I was quite surprised.

 It only made sense that all cards would come with the same stock core and memory speeds. Having seen this dilemma, I started researching further to see what others had for their stock speeds.  Then I stumbled upon a post regarding ATi cards which had been stickied in the OC Forum.  It was a survey of all ATi Radeon cards (http://www.ocforums.com/showthread.php?t=125340) which included their stock speeds as well as overclocking results.

At the time, I really was just looking for a reference to the stock speeds but it seemed like a great idea to keep track of overclocking results as well.  I even noticed that people were using more exotic types of cooling for video cards than just your typical heatsink and fan.  After a quick search for a NVIDIA survey, it turned out there was no such thread for the NVIDIA based cards so I started one (http://www.ocforums.com/showthread.php?t=137421).

I didn’t realize how great of a response I would receive from such a thread!

As of September 2009, the thread has received over 100,000 views and contains about 850 video card entries ranging from GeForce2s to GTX 295s.  Not only did this turn out to be a great reference thread in terms of finding stock speeds, but it was a great reference to see how far others were able to overclock their video cards.  As overclockers, we thrive on being able to push things to the limit and try to see who has the fastest of the fast.  This was a great source to compare cards that might share the same name and chipset but differ in how users tweaked cooling, clock speeds and memory, to name a few differences.

I don’t know if it helped anyone figure out which video card they wanted to buy, if it helped someone try a little harder for a better overclocking result or if many people cared about how high they were on the list, but it certainly showcased some of the great overclocking talent, knowledge and skill possessed at OCForums.com.

If you own a Geforce, post here:

http://www.ocforums.com/showthread.php?t=137421

 

Survey Results in Excel 2003:

http://www.mbentley.net/forums/oc/oc_forum_geforce_survey.xls

 

Survey Results in HTML:

http://www.mbentley.net/forums/oc/oc_forum_geforce_survey.html

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Matt Bentley

mbentley@mbentley.net

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