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post #21 of 47
I've tried reference and non-reference, and I won't go for anything but reference in the future. The benefit of the fan pushing the air outside of the case, rather than building in the case is huge to me, keeps all my other temps down.

I've got a M-atx case with not too many exhaust fans, so highly value the reference exhaust fan.
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post #22 of 47
That is the only negative aspect you are right.
If you haven´t got enough exhaust capability then you should think twice about at least the TWFIII.

But in any other case the TWFIII is the way to go
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post #23 of 47
Hows the air flow in your case
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post #24 of 47
I would go with reference card if you have limited air flow in the case you plan on getting. cold air coming in hot air going out

side note

Bios http://www.techpowerup.com/articles/...ng/vidcard/159

liquid cooling 6970/6950
http://www.koolance.com/water-coolin...roduct_id=2021
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post #25 of 47
The TWFIII has 20 degrees better cooling than the reference design.
You have to understand that this grants you a higher overclock, more silent operation and more efficient cooling of course.

The exhaust into the case is only 40% I asked MSI.

TWFIII is the best pick in my oppinion.
Regardless of the airflow and case.

Ref cards only for watercooling.
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post #26 of 47
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The TWFIII has 20 degrees better cooling than the reference design.
You have to understand that this grants you a higher overclock, more silent operation and more efficient cooling of course.

The exhaust into the case is only 40% I asked MSI.

TWFIII is the best pick in my oppinion.
Regardless of the airflow and case.

Ref cards only for watercooling.
I see you keep referencing the option of overclocking the TWFIII. I dont see where the OP has said he is even interested in doing this.

If anything, the only option he has really been looking for is the ability to unlock the card.
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post #27 of 47
TFIII I love my TFII (lol TF2 ftw) it's quiet, and helps keep the entire system cool. Ref coolers are pretty loud on high load.
    
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post #28 of 47
I have the PowerColor HD6950 with a custom cooler and its brilliant. Although it kicks warm air into the case, it idles at 29 degrees and under load max ive seen is 63 thats unlocked and overclocked to 900 / 1400. I was tempted by the twin frozr II but it cant be unlocked.


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post #29 of 47
Actually the success rates of the TFII's are better than 80% for unlocking... its the TFIII's that seem to have lower chance of getting a core that unlocks.
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I see you keep referencing the option of overclocking the TWFIII. I dont see where the OP has said he is even interested in doing this.

If anything, the only option he has really been looking for is the ability to unlock the card.
An unlock is far more risky than overclocking since we do not know the causes and effects in a long term use.

If the OP is willing to do an unlock he should also be ready to do the less risky and far more performance inducing alternative ...the overclock


People need to stop talking about a 6950 being more likely to unlock than others.
Every chip is able to unlock if it hasn´t been laser cut.

TWFIII has higher quality parts and specially modified hardware which enables it not only to overclock higher but also deliver more stable and higher quality performance.

Not to mention the cooling is by far superior.
Optimal cooling conditions are good exhaust capability for the case but even if you don´t have it the TWFIII should still outperform the stock cooler by 17 degrees easily
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