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Hey guys,

First post but been browsing the forums for quite some time.
Might be a stupid question but here goes.

What i'm wondering is how i can tell if i have a reference card or not? Is it just the size? I have a msi nx570gtx-m2d12d5/oc with the older style cooler with the heatpipes comming out of the front side. Its on service now, had problems from day 1 with it.

The reason why i'm wondering is that i want to get a water block for it but not sure if it will fit or not.

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Well I can tell you it's reference. I know this because there are three non reference 570s, the MSI GTX 570 Twin Frozr III, Asus GTX 570 DirectCu II, and Palit GTX 570 Sonic Platinum. If you want to double check, take off the cooler and make sure it looks like this.

Also don't overclock too far because 4 phase really isn't sufficient to handle big OCs. Just ask the plenty of people who killed their reference cards.
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First off not all reference cards have over clock issues. The only Nvidia cards with over clocking issues are 570 & 590. The 560 & 580 card over clock like beasts and NONE have fried or have any VRM / BIOS issues. Niether do any of the 400 series cards.

If it's a non-reference card it means it's been redesigned, tweaked a bit by another vendor.

Reference cards have the shroud that cover the pcb and looks like this.

Non-reference cards have custom VRM's and cooliing units like this. Read Draygonn's post below mine on logo on the pcb.

Edited: Had wrong link with the non-reference card. Thought it was a lightning. Thanks Dopamin3 for pointing that out.
     
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One way to tell is to check the logo on the PCB near the PCI-e connection. If it says NVIDA it's a reference pcb, if it's non-reference it will have the name of the company that designed/sold it.

reference:


non-reference:


This Twin Frozr II has a non-reference cooler but a reference PCB:

Edited by Draygonn - 6/14/11 at 1:27am
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First off not all reference cards have over clock issues. The only Nvidia cards with over clocking issues are 570 & 590. The 560 & 580 card over clock like beasts and NONE have fried or have any VRM / BIOS issues. Niether do any of the 400 series cards.

If it's a non-reference card it means it's been redesigned, tweaked a bit by another vendor.

Reference cards have the shroud that cover the pcb and looks like this.

Non-reference cards have custom VRM's and cooliing units like this.
The 580 Twin Frozr II is a reference PCB with a custom cooler... Just because it has an aftermarket heatsink doesn't automatically make it non reference. From MSI, only the Lightning 580 cards (1.5 GB and 3 GB) are non reference.
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Thanks for all the answers guys, been looking for ages for an answer!!! should have started here and not on google
Welcome to OCN Come join us at the Nvidia GeForce 500 Series Owners Club thread, I see you have a GTX 570. A lot of info and you can ask what ever you'd like to know about. See you around.
     
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