Ordinarily, I consider 3DMark Vantage more of a task than a benchmark pleasure, however with this kind of high-end video card the Vantage benchmark can be more fun, because the CPU bottleneck, which is present in benchmarks such as 3DMark05 and 3DMark06, is almost non-existent. That's why I've mainly ran 3DMark Vantage and why the overclocking scaling table underneath is based on this benchmark. Do note that I didn't spend time on trying to see the exact scaling of the graphics card; this table is a combination of all the screenshots I've taken during the overclocking session.
The most impressive result is, of course, the 1375MHz core frequency which was perfectly stable through 3DMark Vantage. This is the highest clock frequency we've seen so far on an Nvidia-based graphics card
, so needless to say we're quite proud of this result. In any case, given that the voltage modifications performed by the end-user, me, are limited to Vmem only, I'd see a large part of this accomplishment must be credited to the VGA-team at MSI. No coldbug, no OVP, no OCP and perfect scaling ... it are every overclocker's wet dream.
Combining this massive core frequency with an also very impressive 1435MHz memory clock frequency obviously leads to the Nvidia single GPU world record in 3DMark Vantage: P20460!
A few comparisons to put things into perspective, a Geforce 285 costs about €270 in shops, a MSI Lightening 275 about €255: fastest Geforce GTX 285 (885/1425) scores 16956
fastest Geforce GTX 280 (945/1250) scores 17665
fastest Geforce GTX 260 (1160/1400) scores 18822
the previous record with GTX 275 (1200/1340) was 18833