What does factory overclocked really mean?

By hewybo
Mar 6, 2007
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  1. If a graphics card arrives "factory overclocked," isn't that an oxymoron? A factory direct card is, by its nature, "stock." Or not. Just curious:suspiciou :suspiciou
  2. kitty500cat

    kitty500cat TS Evangelist Posts: 2,154   +6

    I think that Nvidia (however the capitalization is) and ATi have a speed for each chipset that they would consider "stock," a speed at which they guarantee the chip will run stably. Those are the speeds at which most cards using that chip will run. However, factory overclocked cards have their chips running faster than the manufacturer recommends. Just like if you buy a PC with a Sempron 3000+ socket 462 (2 GHz recommended by AMD) but the PC manufacturer would have it OCed to 2.5GHz.

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