Originally Posted by Mikecdm
That's a valid point. I just see to many people who want to use a full cover block and think they cannot buy a reference model because they think it's going to blow. I personally would buy a DCII or TFIII if I were buying a 570 now. I think I'd buy a 6970 lightning over either of them, but that's a different story. I don't care too much about the full cover thing anymore. A lot of the time these custom pcb cards, even the reference model, has a big heatsink that covers the vrm and ram which is separate from the gpu's heatsink. I used to run the mcw60 on my 570 along with the stock memory/vrm plate. I pumped the volts, benched it, abused it, and it never gave me any issues.
Yea I agree with that too, I don't know very much at all about watercooling so I'm sure to expose my ignorance here but I agree about just a GPU only block being fine. I figure with a GPU only block and a huge stupid amount of copper
covering the VRMs that you are nearly as good as if not as good as a full cover block. I figure a lot of the desire for nothing less than full cover is for aesthetics, cause "really dude? how hot does your VRAM get?" Especially with something like the 580 Lightning, granted the reference 580 doesn't have any problems but a Lightning under water with a huge chunk of copper on the VRMs has got to be better a force to be reckoned with and probably better than a reference with fullcover, ut like I said I don't know too much about watercooling.Edited by juano - 6/22/11 at 6:44pm