EVGA Hits MSI and ASUS for Sending out Tweaked Review Samples to Press
Last week, TechPowerUp revealed that the GeForce GTX 1080 review samples from MSI and ASUS were sent with overclocks already enabled. The cards were tweaked to run at a higher clock speed profile, called “OC Mode,” by default. Retail cards could also be set to OC Mode, but that requires users to first install a custom app from the companies.
Although the difference in GPU clock speeds was minimal, it affected the output of benchmarks, leading to inaccurate information being provided to readers.
ASUS later responded to the situation stating that the purpose of defaulting the review units to OC Mode was to “save media time and effort” as they were “well aware our graphics cards will be reviewed primarily on maximum performance.”
Whatever was the reason behind this move, it doesn’t matter. The dissatisfaction of customers is obvious from multi-page discussions on various forums.
Meanwhile, EVGA is taking this as an opportunity to hit the likes of MSI and ASUS for faking reviews. The company has published a press release titled, “With EVGA, What you See Is What You Get,” stating that it has never indulges in such deceptive practices as sending out review samples with higher clock speeds out of the box compared to retail cards.
EVGA was one of the first graphics card companies to offer overclocked graphics cards, and since day one EVGA 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.
EVGA is heavily marketing this page as it tries to push its GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 line of graphics cards that include FTW Gaming ACX 3.0 among other impressive products.