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    News - Software tweak removes power-limiter from NVIDIA GTX 580

    Tool removes cap allowing new cards to be pushed even harder.
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    Re: News - Software tweak removes power-limiter from NVIDIA GTX 580

    Sounds... foolish.

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    Re: News - Software tweak removes power-limiter from NVIDIA GTX 580

    burn baby burn.

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    Re: News - Software tweak removes power-limiter from NVIDIA GTX 580

    So do you get extra performance out of the card when you do this?

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    Re: News - Software tweak removes power-limiter from NVIDIA GTX 580

    well i dont think you would cos the clock speeds are still the same

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    Re: News - Software tweak removes power-limiter from NVIDIA GTX 580

    Quote Originally Posted by Defiant View Post
    So do you get extra performance out of the card when you do this?
    If you were performance limited by the card throttling back then yes. nVidia's argument will be that most loads won't cause it to throttle, so you'll see full speed all the time anyway. If you had a load that was particularly hard then yes, you'll get extra performance by removing the cap.

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    Re: News - Software tweak removes power-limiter from NVIDIA GTX 580

    It might get slightly toasty though, that power draw is about 100w over the card's TDP. I don't think I'd chance it on a £400 card for an extra few FPS - even if you could keep the chip ice cold with watercooling the card's power supply might not be designed to handle that huge increase in load.

    Edit: after a quick check that TDP might not be accurate but even so the limit is probably there for a reason, Nvidia wouldn't want to cap the performance of their most expensive card for nothing.

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    Re: News - Software tweak removes power-limiter from NVIDIA GTX 580

    Quote Originally Posted by watercooled View Post
    Nvidia wouldn't want to cap the performance of their most expensive card for nothing.

    I'm not so sure, we all know they release one in a few months that will be even more powerful, no point making this generation so powerful that the next generation is only a small step up! They de-tune cars all the time to make them fit a certain niche/so they don't actively compete with other the cars that manufacturer makes! . See Audi/VW/Skoda for that, they also detune engines so they can make you pay £xxx for the ''performance pack''!

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    Re: News - Software tweak removes power-limiter from NVIDIA GTX 580

    Quote Originally Posted by kalniel View Post
    If you were performance limited by the card throttling back then yes. nVidia's argument will be that most loads won't cause it to throttle, so you'll see full speed all the time anyway. If you had a load that was particularly hard then yes, you'll get extra performance by removing the cap.
    Well no, you'll get extra performance by removing the cap only if you are running particularly hot and are running Furmark (or that other one). Games unaffected no matter how hot/power draw - unless you hit thermal limits and it either clocks back or shuts down the card to protect it, as with all other current graphics cards

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    Re: News - Software tweak removes power-limiter from NVIDIA GTX 580

    Quote Originally Posted by Andehh View Post
    I'm not so sure, we all know they release one in a few months that will be even more powerful, no point making this generation so powerful that the next generation is only a small step up! They de-tune cars all the time to make them fit a certain niche/so they don't actively compete with other the cars that manufacturer makes! . See Audi/VW/Skoda for that, they also detune engines so they can make you pay £xxx for the ''performance pack''!
    Possibly but why risk having the card perform worse than the possibly cheaper competition which would really kill sales?

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