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That's exactly what I am trying to tell you,EVGA may be reasonable in US,but overpriced in Singapore,also hot cards are bad cards,so ref cards are a no go for me
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What about a ref card with an aftermarket cooler ? How would that be ?
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post #73 of 126
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Did I miss something or doesn't has the Lightning voltage tweak too ?
Almost every Non ref GTX 580 supports voltage tweak with MSI afterburner & enhanced vrms,so what's your pick?for ref cards with aftermarket cooler,you get better cooling but no enhanced vrms,basically ref radeons are good,but for geforce,non ref is a wiser choice
Edited by Thomas73 - 5/24/11 at 10:47am
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Almost every Non ref GTX 580 supports voltage tweak with MSI afterburner & enhanced vrms,so what's your pick?for ref cards with aftermarket cooler,you get better cooling but no enhanced vrms,basically ref radeons are good,but for geforce,non ref is a wiser choice
Really good question. Been sure so far on the lightning and directcuII. directcuII especially cos its like 20-30 bucks cheaper than the lightning here. but as said its frikking huge
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Really good question. Been sure so far on the lightning and directcuII. directcuII especially cos its like 20-30 bucks cheaper than the lightning here. but as said its frikking huge
& heavy with only 1.5GB Vram & not as sexyOne is too long & the other is too thick,does that make them fat chicks?
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seems like it

i just read that the phantom takes up three slots too. is that true ?
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seems like it

i just read that the phantom takes up three slots too. is that true ?
A bit more than 2,but less than 2.5 on the heatsink,uses 2 expansion slot,a bit heavier than ref,but much lighter than DCU II or Lightning
Edited by Thomas73 - 5/24/11 at 11:04am
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alright. well im tending to the phantom so far now. would have to wait until my 5870 is sold tho. but i would be able to buy one easily then.

and as the test you showed me stated, you can overclock them pretty nice too. "not that im planning to do that directly once i got it"
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alright. well im tending to the phantom so far now. would have to wait until my 5870 is sold tho. but i would be able to buy one easily then.

and as the test you showed me stated, you can overclock them pretty nice too. "not that im planning to do that directly once i got it"
The only flaw is the vrams won't clock as high as DCU II or Lightning,but with twice the serving does it matter?Using 2 monitors will make it all worthwhile
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If you're really worried about noise/cooling nothing beats the arctic xtreme plus for an aftermarket solution. I have the sparkle 580 1.5gb which comes with it but is a bit overpriced, the galaxy 580 comes with the AXP and backplate for around the same price as the MSI and Asus and it will be a lot quieter.
To my knowledge from my research the fan speeds on the Galaxy model are 15% minimum and 85% maximum. My sparkle came with 40% min and 85% max fan speeds. I modded the bios to 0% minimum and in my low airflow case @ idle the AXP actually runs passive (fans under 7% don't spin up), never has to run beyond 35% (65c) which i'd say is fairly quiet.
I am very sensitive to noise and my case is entirely composed of 500rpm fans.
20% fan speed is very quiet though and even under load is unlikely to break 70c ever.
I highly recommed the AXP if you have the room, EVGA will cover warranty on aftermarket coolers so perhaps score a 3GB evga put on an AXP and you're good for the forseeable future.
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