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I'm upgrading to GTX 570 SLI next week. I talked myself down to the base EVGA card but now I'm tempted by some of the upgraded cards like the EVGA classified and the MSI N570GTX Twin Frozr III. My question is, considering the limitations of my rig (PSU/CPU), would the extra 100 upgrading to one of these cards be worth the money? For reference, my buddy just grabbed a GTX 580 SLI setup and I want to get the most out of my 570's as possible as to not embarrass myself.

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Honestly, the MSI Twin Frozr cards are pretty much the bests. They run cool and they are very quiet. If you're gonna overclock, don't buy a reference GTX 570 cause the VRMs are crap so they blow up. In this case, I have to recommend the Twin Frozr. Also, your PSU will be perfectly fine and your CPU shouldn't bottleneck at all.
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Honestly, the MSI Twin Frozr cards are pretty much the bests. They run cool and they are very quiet. If you're gonna overclock, don't buy a reference GTX 570 cause the VRMs are crap so they blow up. In this case, I have to recommend the Twin Frozr. Also, your PSU will be perfectly fine and your CPU shouldn't bottleneck at all.
:-) I was afraid of this
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The deal with the reference 570s blowing VRMs was very blown out of proportion, but it is possible. The non-referrence models typically have 6+1 phase power over the 4+1 phase of the reference cards.

However, there are a lot of people with high OCs who overvolt on the reference cards and never had a problem. So it might be a gamble, but I think the odds are greatly in your favor. As far as I know every one who had their VRMs pop got their cards replaced under warranty too.
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I have no problems with my reference MSI GTX 570 in SLI (watercooled).
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I feel like my question of is it worth the extra 100 dollars hasn't been answered. The MSi may be better, but is it worth it?
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It depends on whether you're going to overclock it to it's full potential past what most reference GTX 570's can, and if not, whether you prefer a quieter fan and lower temps. If you're answer's no to either of those, then no, it's not worth it.
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It depends on whether you're going to overclock it to it's full potential past what most reference GTX 570's can, and if not, whether you prefer a quieter fan and lower temps. If you're answer's no to either of those, then no, it's not worth it.
I definitely want to overclock as much as possible, though I'm not sure how much of an issue my PSU would be. I'm guessing I'll overclock as much as possible without increasing the voltage to the cards.
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I definitely want to overclock as much as possible, though I'm not sure how much of an issue my PSU would be. I'm guessing I'll overclock as much as possible without increasing the voltage to the cards.
Your PSU won't be an issue if you're going to overclock as much as possible without increasing the voltage to the cards (even up to 1100mV's). In that case, no need to spend the extra $100 unless you want lower temps and quieter fans during higher load.

For me, there's a jump in overclocks from stock voltage at 765MHz Core Clock with 963mV's (stock) to 890MHz with 1050mV's. You might be able to get by with temperatures with that overclock, depending on what your fan profile will be set to, and whether your case has good enough airflow to dissipate heat buildup.
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Your PSU won't be an issue if you're going to overclock as much as possible without increasing the voltage to the cards (even up to 1100mV's). In that case, no need to spend the extra $100 unless you want lower temps and quieter fans during higher load.

For me, there's a jump in overclocks from stock voltage at 765MHz Core Clock with 963mV's (stock) to 890MHz with 1050mV's. You might be able to get by with temperatures with that overclock, depending on what your fan profile will be set to, and whether your case has good enough airflow to dissipate heat buildup.
I guess then my question is can my PSU handle it? On another thread someone said don't increase the voltage with only 750w. Am I missing out by not going down that path?
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