No Factory Overclocked G80 GPU's?

Fudo over at The Inquirer reports that their sources have learned NVIDIA will not allow any board vendors to offer a factory overclocked version of the new GeForce 8800 series GPU's. For vendors such as BFG, XFX, and Gainward which have used factory overclocking to help differentiate them from other card vendors this is certainly less than stellar news. Fortunately for the consumer, the standard Coolbits registry hack will still function and allow them to overclock their cards as soon as they get them home.

EVEN the water-cooled G80 cannot be overclocked. It has to be clocked at Nvidia's reference speeds as Nvidia is already pushing the chip to its limits. There is some overhead but not too much, and the last thing Nvidia needs and wants now is s bunch of fried G80 cards.