Wednesday, October 3rd 2012

NVIDIA Forces EVGA to Pull EVBot Support from GTX 680 Classified

According to an Overclockers.com report, NVIDIA forced EVGA to remove voltage control, more specifically, support for its EVBot accessory, on its GeForce GTX 680 Classified graphics card. EVBot, apart from realtime monitoring, gives users the ability to fine-tune voltages, a feature NVIDIA doesn't want users access to. This design change was communicated by EVGA's Jacob Freeman, in response to a forum question a users who found his new GTX 680 Classified card to lack the EVBot header.

"Unfortunately newer 680 Classified cards will not come with the EVBot feature. If any questions or concerns please contact us directly so we can offer a solution," said Freeman. Hinting that NVIDIA is behind the design change, he said "Unfortunately we are not permitted to include this feature any longer," later adding "It was removed in order to 100% comply with NVIDIA guidelines for selling GeForce GTX products, no voltage control is allowed, even via external device." To make matters worse, Freeman said that EVGA has no immediate plans to cut prices of the GTX 680 Classified.

Source: Overclockers.com
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99 Comments on NVIDIA Forces EVGA to Pull EVBot Support from GTX 680 Classified

#2
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
What a crock of shit :shadedshu
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#3
DannibusX
Damn.

Sucks that you aren't allowed to modify something that you paid hundreds of dollars for.
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#4
hardcore_gamer
by: DannibusX
Sucks that you aren't allowed to modify something that you paid hundreds of dollars for.
Just like Apple:banghead:
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#5
[H]@RD5TUFF
Absolute horse shit, I expect a full refund for my card and EV bot!!!!
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#6
Maban
Quick, somebody post a lolwut meme!
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#7
NeoXF
XFX leaving nVidia-like fiasco in 3... 2... 1...
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#8
Maban
I would think that EVGA is big enough to stand up to them.
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#9
TheLostSwede
In related news, Asus wasn't allowed to make their dual GPU MARS card either, as Nvidia wouldn't let them...
So apparently the chip makers are now controlling what their "partners" are allowed to do, or not to do with the chips they buy from them.
This industry is clearly going down the toilet, as the manufacturers don't have the balls to stand up to the chip makers. :shadedshu
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#10
hardcore_gamer
May be nVidia is thinking of releasing K series GPUs and charge us extra for tweakability like Intel does.
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#11
eidairaman1
I see EVGA launching an AMD lineup that are fully balls to wall
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#12
buggalugs
not surprised. Nvidia has a long reputation of strong arm tactics.

In a way, I dont blame them though, if they're getting a lot of returned cards that have been killed by too much voltage, they have to do something. Too many guys like to play the overclocking game with no real understanding of what they're doing and bump the voltage to dangerous levels for 24/7 use.
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#13
eidairaman1
by: buggalugs
not surprised. Nvidia has a long reputation of strong arm tactics.

In a way, I dont blame them though, if they're getting a lot of returned cards that have been killed by too much voltage, they have to do something. Too many guys like to play the overclocking game with no real understanding of what they're doing and bump the voltage to dangerous levels for 24/7 use.
same with flashing, but you see cards with dual bios on them now
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#14
HammerON
The Watchful Moderator
Horse pucky:(
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#16
buggalugs
by: eidairaman1
same with flashing, but you see cards with dual bios on them now
Ya, but at least with flashing it can be repaired, a GPU killed with voltage is well and truly dead.
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#17
eidairaman1
by: buggalugs
Ya, but at least with flashing it can be repaired, a GPU killed with voltage is well and truly dead.
i know that. AMD seems to give more leeway now
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#19
eidairaman1
by: SIGSEGV
i smell something fishy
yup and its puke green
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#20
remixedcat
the hell nvidia? why? makes me worry about other things....
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#21
HammerON
The Watchful Moderator
Control freaks:shadedshu
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#22
Benetanegia
by: TheLostSwede
In related news, Asus wasn't allowed to make their dual GPU MARS card either, as Nvidia wouldn't let them...
Do you have a proof link or something? It seems to me that the only reason they didn't release it is that a GK104 based MARS is simply redundant as GTX 690 is already based on the full chip and clocked like the GTX680. Afaik Asus told TPU that the card was never meant to release:
We received an update from ASUS, clarifying that this card will not be released. The design was only displayed during a factory tour, to show ASUS craftmanship.
http://www.techpowerup.com/171202/ASUS-ROG-MARS-III-Dual-GTX-680-PCB-Pictured.html
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#23
Animalpak
by: buggalugs
not surprised. Nvidia has a long reputation of strong arm tactics.

In a way, I dont blame them though, if they're getting a lot of returned cards that have been killed by too much voltage, they have to do something. Too many guys like to play the overclocking game with no real understanding of what they're doing and bump the voltage to dangerous levels for 24/7 use.
Exactly and to speak of the guarantees vary widely ... Further problems of a different nature would create a big mess for both partners and nvidia
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#24
bogami
WTF : No voltage control ?First they throw you brick in a face three slot fat and you shouldn't over clock with voltage regulator help!Yah so they will sell as overclocked cards for abnormal price!
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#25
Benetanegia
I don't think it's a big loss anyway. I lost interest in OCing a long time ago*. The reasons are that 1) it became too easy 2) it is allowed 3) it involves less and less risks every generation.

That's not OCing. To me OC only really made sense when it was something a few select people were capable or brave enough to perform. When it meant going against the norm and when it meant a performance advantage to those few brave enough to perform a hard mod or use a bios coming from from forum member in an "obscure" website.

Now OC is widespread, it's allowed and encouraged by the vendors themselves, it's even covered by warranty and you are given full control over every single thing related to OCing your PC. What's the point, use the tools and you'll achieve the same results as the rest of the world (with slight differences based on luck) and if it all comes down to that, is this really such a loss? Not in my eyes, but maybe I'm alone.

* I still OC to safe 24/7 clocks but don't do it for fun or to find the limits, etc. Just simple practical OCing now.
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