If you remember, we posted about MSI and ASUS give GPU samples with higher clock speeds to the press, reported by Techpowerup. MSI already commented that their GPUs are shipped with same clocked speeds, but the user needs to select OC mode in the Gaming App.
Now ASUS has released an official statement to address this issue, showing that they are not lying to consumers but to make the reviewing process simpler by giving them access to the GPUs “OC Mode” right out of the box. The same mode is available on all retail ASUS GPUs, to access users need to use ASUS’ GPU Tweak II software and change the mode to “OC Mode”. Just the press samples for GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 GPUs are shipped in the GPUs “OC Mode”. The only difference between press and retail GPU samples is which mode is selected by default.
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 graphics cards come with exclusive GPU Tweak II software, that provides silent, gaming, and OC modes allowing users to select a performance profile that suits their requirements. Users can apply these modes easily from within GPU Tweak II.
The press samples for the ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 OC and ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 OC cards are set to “OC Mode” by default. To save media time and effort, OC mode is enabled by default as we are well aware our graphics cards will be reviewed primarily on maximum performance. And when in OC mode, we can showcase both the maximum performance and the effectiveness of our cooling solution.
Retail products are in “Gaming Mode” by default, which allows gamers to experience the optimal balance between performance and silent operation. We encourage end-users to try GPU Tweak II and adjust between the available modes, to find the best mode according to personal needs or preferences.
For both the press samples and retail cards, all these modes can be selected through the GPU Tweak II software. There are no differences between the samples we sent out to media and the retail channels in terms of hardware and performance.
As for users, I am saying this if you find that your GPU clock is lower than what it should be, then check your GPU utility software to find which mode you are running the card. The retail GPUs didn’t come with pre-secreted “OC mode” and may be running on “Gaming mode”.