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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130622

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130593

Those two cards are pretty much the same price, but the first one is 1.5" shorter at 9" total length. I'm currently looking at both those cards since they're in my price range and I love EVGA's lifetime warranties.

Does the smaller form factor on the first card have any effect on overclocking compared to a regular sized EVGA card? I assume the components on the pcb are closer together due to the smaller size ... but since it's a superclocked edition, it's probably higher binned right (which means it might OC better)?

I figure since they're the same price, I might go with the superclock edition ... but if that small form factor effects OC potential, I'd rather not. I have ample space and will use an mcw82+sinks, so the actual size and stock cooling won't matter to me. Just OC potential that I care about.
    
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IMO they just OCed it and sold it at a higher price....go with the reference then OC it yourself, save some more bucks...or even watercool it which is not an option to non-reference cards...watercooled = more OC potential.
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First is a non-reference PCB and 2nd is reference. You usually can't control voltage on non reference cards, so reference cards always overclock better.
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Originally Posted by catcherintherye View Post
First is a non-reference PCB and 2nd is reference. You usually can't control voltage on non reference cards, so reference cards always overclock better.
Maybe with AMD you can't but I don't know of any nVidia card reference or otherwise that will not allow you to change the voltage.

However, small form factors WILL be worse for overclocking if it is worse at dissipating the heat. At least with Fermi, the cards are limited by both voltage and temperature.For example my GTX480s are rock stable under 90C if overclocked but will crash the minute they go over 91C
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