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Friday February 21, 2014

MSI Explains "Lower" Clock Speeds On Retail Versus GAMING GPUs

After a few of you questioned the clock speed differences on retail MSI graphics cards versus the GAMING version we recently reviewed (here), we reached out to MSI for an explanation. As it turns out, the answer is a matter of simply pushing a software button. Here's the scoop:

My name is Mark Tran and I am a Marketing Specialist at MSI. We recently were made aware that some of you who purchased a MSI graphic card with the clock speed being lower than what the media reviewed. We can assure you that this is not some sort of shenanigans or a marketing ploy. We did send the media review samples with the OC Mode speed selected which is included in the program called the "Gaming App." This setting is different than what the retail video cards are being shipped with. All consumers who purchase our "GAMING" VGA cards should have the default Gaming Mode clock speed selected, but by installing the "Gaming App" you can increase the clock speed of what was represented in most reviews by pressing the OC Mode button. This does NOT void the warranty. We simply wanted to promote our software called the "Gaming App" which is only included in our GAMING branded video card products. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience for not explaining it clearly to some of the media that published reviews and to the gamers and enthusiasts that purchased one of our GAMING products.