Originally Posted by Evo X
If I were you, I would save the cash and buy reference. The reference design is not as bad as people make it out to be. My DirectCU II Asus is actually paired with a Zotac reference due to space issues, and its a great card. It actually overclocks better than my Asus and requires less voltage.
Besides, your CPU is gonna bottle neck 570s in SLI in some games, so you shouldn't even need the non-reference design for extreme overclocking. I notice some bottle necking with my 570s and I've got a 4.5Ghz sandy bridge CPU!
It's really starting to look like the classifieds are a bad call. I'm also back to second guessing the VRAM limitations of the 570, I had gotten myself to a point that I felt confident 1280 would be enough for 1920x1200 but I'm now I'm not so sure and if I got 570 SLI and couldn't play BF3 on ultra at full resolution I'd be seriously pissed. Can anyone who really knows what they're talking about give me some input on this?