Like AMD did in the past with “4GB means 4GB” referring to 3.5GB of the GeForce GTX 970 from NVIDIA, now EVGA hit Asus and MSI. Both have been heavily criticized for offering their graphics cards with modified BIOS to the reviewers as a result GPUs were already running at Overclocked frequencies unlike the models on sale. Although these cards could be set to default settings like their retail equivalents, the review samples were tampered with by defaulting the software to what’s called “OC Mode”, allowing the cards to perform with slightly higher clock speeds.
EVGA hit MSI and ASUS over GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 review controversy
EVGA has begun an advertising campaign on their website with the slogan “What you see is what you get“. The page states the following before linking to several positive reviews from notable members of the press:
“EVGA was one of the first graphics card companies to offer overclocked graphics cards, and since day one company always delivered the exact same products to reviewers as well as customers. EVGA does not “fake” reviews or send out products with “tweaked” clockspeeds to reviewers. With EVGA Superclocked, FTW and Classified graphics cards, what you see is what you get.”
Undoubtedly, we must praise the transparency of the company making it clear that the frequencies shown on the web are from actual model which will go on sale. At the moment marketing page tries to push its line-up of cards that include the remarkable GTX 1080 FTW Gaming ACX 3.0 among other impressive products.