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MSI and ASUS Allegedly sent GPU samples with higher clock speeds to press

MSI and ASUS Allegedly sent GPU review samples with higher clock speeds than retail variants

MSI and ASUS Allegedly sent GPU review samples with higher clock speeds than retail variants

MSI and ASUS Allegedly sent GPU samples with higher clock speeds to press

 

A report has come today from Techpowerup that both MSI and ASUS have been sending GPUs to review sites that have a tweaked BIOS and different clock speeds to their retail counterparts. 

In review cards from ASUS and MSI review samples have been found to be running in their GPUs overclock mode out of the box, providing a boosted clock speed that is higher than the GPUs Gaming profile. We have checked the samples used in both our ASUS GTX 1080 Gaming Strix and MSI GTX 1080 Gaming X reviews and found that both GPUs use their overclock mode clock speed modes out of the box.  

  MSI and ASUS Allegedly sent GPU review samples with higher clock speeds than retail variants

(Image Credit: TechPowerUp

  

While some of you may be immediately thinking that ASUS and MSI have "cheated" with their review samples you must remember that these clock speeds are available with retail versions of these GPUs. We have spoken to ASUS and they say that some of their new GPUs ship in OC mode out of the box.  Any that don't have this mode enabled out of the box can access it in software with ASUS GPU Tweak. 

Right now we have asked MSI for comment on the issue and we are expecting to get a response soon. 

This is certainly not Volkswagen levels of cheating going on in the GPU market, as the overclocking mode "OC Mode" for these GPUs are available to all of those who purchase these GPUs. Everyone can get the performance of the OC modes in these GPUs, it is just a case of whether you will need to use the MSI Gaming App or ASUS GPU Tweak in order to get it. 

 

MSI and ASUS Allegedly sent GPU review samples with higher clock speeds than retail variants  

If you are wondering if our GTX 1080 Gaming Strix and Gaming X review are still relevant, yes they are. Consumers will just need to check with GPU-Z and their GPUs gaming app to check that they are running at their max speeds.

In future, we will be making sure to check what speeds our review samples are running at and will be reporting what GPU clock profile we will be using during our testing. Remember that these OC mode speeds are achievable on every GTX 1080 Gaming X or Gaming Strix GPU without manual overclocking.   

 

You can join the discussion on MSI and ASUS sending tweaked review samples to the press on the OC3D Forums.   

 

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16-06-2016, 10:57:50

tolagarf
Hold on a second while I fetch some popcorn Quote

16-06-2016, 11:07:34

Dicehunter
I thought there would be a logical explanation but as usual the internet likes to make mountains out of mole hills.Quote

16-06-2016, 11:37:15

AngryGoldfish
Slightly underhanded, but not evil. The performance differences between these 1080's we're seeing is <1%. Anyone who buys an MSI 1080 because it has .5 FPS lead is a bit uneducated. Or maybe they are aware of the situation, but don't care about the facts and just want the most powerful GPU, irrelevant of the details surrounding its lead.

You buy an EVGA over an MSI because you like EVGA or you like the cooler. You buy a Strix because it has pretty lights. You buy an MSI because dragon. You don't buy one because it is more powerful than another. There is no definitive overclocking king, unlike there was with Maxwell where the G1 Gaming consistently came out on top. And even if they did, it's marginal and results in very little gains, again compared to Maxwell. There is temperature king. It's all about brand loyalty and aesthetics this time around. Also price and availability play a large role.Quote

16-06-2016, 12:42:07

Dark NighT
I can see the internet making a lot of noise over nothing really, this really isnt something that should surprise anyone, if you send your product out for review, you'd want to sent the best you got, nothing new.Quote

16-06-2016, 13:42:28

AngryGoldfish
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Originally Posted by Dark NighT View Post
I can see the internet making a lot of noise over nothing really, this really isnt something that should surprise anyone, if you send your product out for review, you'd want to sent the best you got, nothing new.
It could be argued that MSI and ASUS aren't simply sending out GPU's with high ASIC values or cherry-picked overclockers; they are sending out cards with specifications that the consumer does not get out of the box. You have to download a unique piece of software and manually override the stock settings, which is odd. It's like sending out a new car for review with all the horsepower unlocked, then selling the car to the masses with a small amount of the horsepower locked via the onboard computer for no apparent reason other than to confuse the consumer who has to unlock it himself with a unique device that comes with the car. It begs the question, why? Is it because not every car can be guaranteed to function with the unlocked horsepower? Or is it because they are trying to sell prime samples to beat their competitors without having to actually do the work? Either way you look at it, whether it's common practise or not, it's not honest. It's also lazy. It's corner-cutting. That happens, but it ain't cool.

I hear this argument all the time in regards to points like this: 'But every company does it so stop moaning.' That is not a valid argument. You cannot continue to excuse dishonesty or laziness just because it's also done by their competitors. You are adding to the laziness and dishonesty by letting it slide underneath you. It's easy to not report an action that is immoral, whether it be a slight offense or a large offense. It's hard to stop it.Quote
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