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Hi Guys ,

I have decided to go for a single GTX570 but i have no idea which brand to pick. MSI has its Twin Frozr cooler, ASUS has its DirectCU II cooler , Palit has its twin fan on the heatsink.

I was initially looking for a reference design model because the hot air is directed out of the casing but it seems that it has been phased out and is now taken over by these aftermarket coolers by the various manufacturers.

I heard that the ASUS DirectCU II PCB is of much better quality compared to the reference PCB. I may be going SLi in the future so i'd like to keep my options open and since the ASUS card is triple slot, its off my list.

In summary, which other manufacturer has a revised/custom PCB that increases the lifespan of the card and which manufacturer exhausts the air out of the casing?
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post #2 of 9
msi has some of the best cooling out there. DirectCu II is nice two. For me it would be between them two. And than I personally would go with Twin Frozr.
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You should go for the EVGA GTX 570, if you don't want a reference gtx 570, than go with the msi Twin Frozr 570.
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MSI Twin Frozr III.
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MSI Twin Frozr 2 or 3.
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post #6 of 9
Since you have no room for DirectCU II, MSi TwinFrozr is the way to go.

As far as I know, none of the custom designs exhaust heat exclusively outside the case. I personally rather have to manage extra heat inside the case than a dead card though.
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Whats the difference between the Twin Frozr 2 and Twin Frozr3? I have to agree that managing with the extra heat is better than a toasted card!
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Originally Posted by jerrold View Post
Whats the difference between the Twin Frozr 2 and Twin Frozr3? I have to agree that managing with the extra heat is better than a toasted card!
Both cards are non reference, but the twin frozr 3 has improved power phase design.

EDIT: it seems that there is mixed views about what card is reference. My thoughts were that the twin frozr II is a reference card which has the same VRM issues as the standard reference cards. Someone please step in and confirm this.
Edited by munaim1 - 6/14/11 at 9:47am
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Im intending to upgrade to Gigabyte P67 UD4-B3 + 2500K , because my E8400 will definitely bottleneck. Im looking for something that can get me through the next 3years like how my E8400+ATI 4870 setup has done.

Do i really need to bother about the Twin Frozr III's improved power phase if im not overclocking? Or does the power phase play a part in increasing the card's lifespan over the ref design?

Oh wait.. would my Seasonic M12-II 620W be enough for the GTX570?
Edited by jerrold - 6/14/11 at 10:26am
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