ATI's partners have now finally managed to persuade big red to let them overclock. We are finally going to be able to get the faster-than-the-reference-design cards.
ATI will provide a warranty for such chips and there will be some kind of validation process where ATI will be able to control the overclocking frequency. After you sell your chips you kind of have to give the warranty for them.
The first attempt with overclocking was X1800 XT TOP edition and we can remember that a few companies did such a card clocked at 700 MHz, a 50 MHz faster than the reference X1800XT design. Partners and ATI decided to cancel those cards as the X1900 was just around the corner.
We still don't know who will be the first to overclock and which card will be the first but we are looking forward to seeing who comes up with what. The X1800 GTO sounds like a solid start to me. µ
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