1. If you don't have an issue running that voltage while benching, you won't have one while idle or in game. Is running .3 more volts in a gpu detrimental to the hardware? Definitely not, especially if temps are under control.
2. You do realize EVBot has presets, right? So your preset 1 could be 1.3v for gaming and benching, preset 2 could be .9v for idle. Preset 3, any mix of the two. Am I missing something that makes pressing one button real difficult?
No andrew, thanks for the clarification. I was under the impression that you cannot do this from the anandtech review.
Can you explain how the voltage switching works? Can you do it on the fly? From my grasp of things, is that driver requested offset voltages will not work with EV Bot, correct me if i'm wrong -- once you set a voltage you stay there -- Normally when you go to idle your card automatically does .95 volts. When at full load it goes to 1175mV. Now with EV Bot, is this not the case? Do you have to press a button on the EV Bot for it to work?
In any case, its another hassle, but I really would appreciate any clarification. So you can do up to 3 different voltages, but you have to enter it in EV bot each time? Do you have to reboot or just press the button? Does it work through the driver? To me the anandtech review made it sound completely not worth it, I definitely don't want to idle at high voltages. But again - I would appreciate any clarification. I don't have EV Bot yet.
It would really help for EVGA to release some sort of documentation clarifying all of this for potential buyers.
Basically, with the EVBot voltages are adjustable on the fly, as you probably know. The voltage change does not appear anywhere
within windows (not GPUZ, not PrecisionX, etc.) As easily as you can raise the voltage, you can lower it. Infact, this is one of the bigger benefits I've found with using EVBot. You can run a benchmark (heaven) at a specific clock speed and voltage, and as the run goes on you can modify the voltage in small increments to find the lowest possible voltage that will run it stable. Huge benefit. Regarding the ease of control -
Making changes in the EVBot requires several button presses, first to select which card you want to modify, then which voltage (core, mem, etc.), and finally a button press to raise or lower and to save that value. This is more for the tweaking process. Once you find the perfect combinations, you can save them to one of the preset buttons, which will save all of the settings across GPU1-3. This allows you to later go back and press 1 button to load up that profile. (see EVBot diagram)
Thus, you can have one profile for Benching (presumably max voltages), one for gaming (the perfect combination for speed, heat, noise, etc.), and one for idle (low consumption). The settings themselves don't stick after a hard reboot, but the profiles do... ultimately making it a very simple process.
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