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post #11 of 16
If you're goint to CF non-ref coolers such as the TFIII have your side fan exhaust out of the case.
Non-ref designs like that keep the GPU cooler, but dump the heat into the case + over the other cards in CF/SLI etc.

For this reason a lot of people actually prefer reference / blower-style coolers.

There's also nothing wrong with the AMD reference ones btw (don't get me wrong the TFII,III are awesome).
If you were taking about GTX 570s or something then yes, you'd def want the TFIII for it's custom PCB.
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My 580 TF2 SLI gets STUPID hot too. My lian li alu case got so hot to touch and it shouldn't... but it does because the hot air just swirls around because the cooler just feeds on it's own hot air. Doh. Anyways, I'll be cutting up this vintage v1200 for 480mm of rad-ness soon enough.
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I think the asus DCII is also great. But definetly they're the 2 best non reference cards with the 2 best coolers.
The fact is... everybody has his own opinion. Myself I think Gigabyte Windforce 3x is also great, but which cooler is the better ?
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yeah im kinda up in the air on this one i really want the best which would be a 580 but they are so damn expensive the 6950 tfIII looks very tempting for just $300 bucks and i hear you can unlock it and overclock it past stock 6970 performance. But then there is the thing that ATI sucks at tessellation and the main thing i want to play is bf3 which probably will use a fair amount of tessellation.
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i hear you can unlock it and overclock it past stock 6970 performance.
That's right, only the 2Gb reference model so it has to look like this (whatever the manufacturer) :
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ooo only reference i knew there had to be a catch lol. Well i guess if im going that route the tfIII is out the question anyways.
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