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Nvidia Demands Partners to Validate Own Product Designs.
According to Nvidia Senior PR Manager Bryan Del Rizzo, overvolting is supported "up to a limit," in order to "protect the life of the product."
It seems their max operating limits are stock voltage which is why no overvolting is allowed and they won't warranty MSI Lightning or EVGA overvolted cards should customers claim RMA to those AICs. Doesn't seem NV has a lot of confidence in their silicon if it can't even manage a slight overvolt safely without adversely affecting their long-term life.
NV's move is cutting AICs at the knees since other than quieter coolers, there isn't much need for after-market solutions with high-end components unless people are thrilled about the days where you needed to use a soldering iron to mod GPUs. That makes it even harder for AICs to differentiate their products. Could also be NV didn't want GTX670 to overclock well past 680, removing the need for a 680. If RMA costs were so large though why did NV allows voltage control on Fermi cards?
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