MSI release an official statement regarding "OC-mode" on MSI Gaming X GPUs

MSI release an official statement regarding OC-mode on their MSI Gaming X GPUs

MSI release an official statement regarding

MSI release an official statement regarding "OC-mode" on MSI Gaming X GPUs


Over the past few days, there has been a lot of controversy over the differences between GPU review samples and retail GPUs, specifically when it comes the clock speeds that GPUs come with out of the box.  

ASUS and MSI have been at the core of this controversy, with many outlets claiming that they are trying to cheat consumers by sending GPUs for review that don't represent the final product that consumers will find in store, with some going so far as to say that all reviews for their GPUs should be called into question. 

MSI has now released an official statement to address this issue, showing that they are not setting out to lie to consumers but to make the reviewing process simpler by giving them access to the GPUs "OC Mode" right out of the box and without forcing the reviewer to use MSI's Gaming App for the maximum performance "OC mode" that gives the GPU a slight overclock.

This GPU mode is available on all retail ASUS GPUs can be accessed using MSI' Gaming App, a software tool that also adds a lot of other useful features to systems with MSI GPUs. 


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Below is MSI's official statement regarding this change, stating that press samples for their GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 GPUs have shipped in the GPUs "OC Mode" and that retail products ships in "Gaming Mode". 

MSI GPU users will be able to access "OC mode" by using the MSI Gaming App, though MSI has gone one step further and released their "OC mode default" BIOS to the public. This BIOS will become available to download soon and will be available for GTX 1080 and 1070 Gaming X GPUs. 


     MSI Review samples and MSI retail cards are identical in terms of hardware and performance. Both have the exact same performance profiles available through the MSI Gaming App. All information about these performance profiles is clearly communicated and can be found on the respective product pages. (example: https://www.msi.com/Graphics-card/GEFORCE-GTX-1070-GAMING-X-8G.html

Retail cards are set to ‘Gaming Mode’ by default, which offers the best Performance per Watt, while still giving close to ‘OC Mode’ in-game performance. In order to enjoy the best performance and all features of MSI GAMING products, we highly recommend to use the MSI Gaming App which is available for free on MSI.com and the driver CD. The MSI Gaming App allows you to apply one of three performance profiles with a single click, instantly giving you the desired performance.

As several reviewers have stated, software like the MSI Gaming App is often not used in reviews. This is why review samples of the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 GAMING X graphics cards are set to ‘OC Mode’ to ensure that reviews demonstrate the same performance available through the MSI Gaming App. The award winning TWIN FROZR VI cooling is designed to handle each performance profile flawlessly, giving you the lowest noise in the industry and consistent performance so gamers can focus on their gameplay. 

For those who prefer not to use the MSI Gaming App but still want to enjoy the same ‘OC Mode’ performance by default, we have released an alternative vBIOS with ‘OC Mode’ enabled by default.


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You can download MSI's new "OC Mode" Default BIOS files using the links below. Please note at BIOS flashing a GPU is a risky process and inexperienced users may risk damaging or breaking their GPU.

- The MSI GTX 1080 Gaming X OC Mode vBIOS file can be downloaded here. 

- The MSI GTX 1070 Gaming X OC Mode vBIOS file can be downloaded here. 


Right now we do not recommend that people use the vBIOS flash option due to the risky nature of the BIOS flashing process. That being said this will be the only way that non-Windows users will be able to access "OC mode" as the MSI Gaming App does not support Linux or other non-Windows operating systems.   

In future, we will be making sure to check what speeds our review samples are running at and will be reporting what GPU clock profile we will be using during our testing on applicable GPUs. Remember that these "OC mode" speeds are achievable on every GTX 1080 Gaming X GPU without manual overclocking, it is just a shame that MSI and ASUS did not tell reviewers in advance. 


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21-06-2016, 19:05:58

Copy and paste Asus' statement MSI. Much easier.Quote

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