by Anton Shilov
02/10/2009 | 04:49 PM
EVGA, one of the well known exclusive suppliers of Nvidia GeForce-based graphics cards, has released its special tool that allows adjusting voltage applied to graphics processing units (GPUs) in order to increase overclocking potential of the accelerators. The set of tools only works on EVGA hardware and brings benefits exclusively to its customers.
The exclusive EVGA GPU Voltage Tuner (GVT) allows gamers to set a custom voltage level for EVGA Nvidia GeForce GTX 295, 280 or 260 graphics cards, which may allow to increase clock-speeds beyond what was capable before, and when coupled with the EVGA Precision Overclocking Utility, it is now easier to get the most from a graphics card and achieve highest performance possible without re-soldering graphics board or tweaking its BIOS.
The new software suite can only adjust voltage on graphics cards that use voltage regulator module based on Volterra VT1165 controller, meanwhile, modern single-chip Nvidia GeForce GTX 200-series graphics cards powered by 55nm GPUs utilize Intersil ISL6327 chip and are incompatible with the EVGA GVT.
Even though the tools are designed exclusively for EVGA graphics cards, since all high-end graphics boards are made by contract manufacturers under Nvidia’s supervision according to Nvidia’s design, the modified tools may work on other graphics cards as well. Such modified software is already available on the Internet.
The EVGA GPU Voltage Tuner puts the company into a very privileged position among GeForce suppliers as no one else provides software capable of tweaking voltage, except a few examples of companies like Gigabyte or Galaxy, who provide very simplistic and not very flexible tweaking options. However, enthusiasts seeking for maximum performance should keep in mind that any voltage adjustments are performed at the customer’s own risk.