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If you're running them on air you can expect the top card to hit 80 degrees frequently, and fans from both cards will probably ramp up to 60-100% during gameplay, depending on how hot your room is, how good your case airflow is, how big an overclock you can get and what games you play. I had to liquid cool my 780s to be able to tolerate the noise, otherwise I would only have a single card. But I have a hot room, overclocked cards and I'm a silence freak, and you may be...
Get the second 780 in SLI. A single 780 Ti will only be a small improvement, and probably not noticeable. I have two 780s in SLI and it runs incredibly smoothly, no microstutter or problems at all, and a massive improvement over a single 780 in games like BF4. The only issues with SLI are additional noise and heat, so make sure you have good airflow in your case.
I was on the fence about de-lidding, mostly because I am a bit of a klutz. As razor blades scare me, I tried the vice method and whacked the bejeesus out of the cpu 10 or 15 times, but the IHS wouldn't budge. So I was forced to use a razor blade, and it actually turned out to be not that hard. If you start on the right side of the cpu and visualise where the resistors are so that you don't insert the razor blade too deeply on the left side, you shouldn't have a problem. I...
I have a Titan and also game on a 1080p 120hz monitor. I also have another PC with two 780s in SLI, and recently bought (and sold) a 780 Ti to compare with the Titan.It really depends on the game, but assuming BF4 is your benchmark, any version of the 780 Ti will not be a noticeable improvement on your Titan. Assuming your Titan is OCd you will probably be within 5-8 fps difference at most. Either way you are looking at 80-90 fps, which is good, but if you're still going...
The U12S and U14S come with PWM fans. As they replace older models in the product line, I suspect all of Noctua's CPU coolers will become PWM over time.
Agreed, an i5 3570k or 4670k will be more than sufficient, along with a Coolermaster Hyper 212 cpu cooler for $30. You don't really need to spend more for a gaming rig, particularly if money is tight.
It may be possible to leave the heatspreader plate on the 780 after you have removed the ACX cooler (see bottom of picture below). This is what I did when installing an Arctic Accelero on my 780 with ACX cooler. It might also work with the G10. If so, this will solve your VRAM temperature issue with the fan in the G10 blowing onto the heatspreader. It will undoubtedly be a big improvement in temps and noise over the ACX.
Thanks. I couldn't resist so flashed the card with the Skynet BIOS and I was surprised that I was able to get it to 1206Mhz pretty easily at 1.21v and was stable for a few runs of Heaven. If this remains stable for BF4 I think I will keep it and call it a day.
I have just picked up a Gigabyte 780 Ti OC with the windforce cooler. I'm a little disappointed with it. It boosted to 1150Mhz straight out of the box without any tweaking. However, it will not go any further - even another 25Mhz makes it crash. At this speed, it is only about 5% faster than my overclocked Titan (at 1163Mhz, also not a great overclocker). I was going to try the Skynet bios but if it will not go any higher even with increased voltage on the stock bios, I'm...
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