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  • 72% (16)
    EVGA Hydro (normal or classified)
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    Different 580 with water block
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Well I am looking at getting a new graphics card (there is nothing wrong with my current) and my main option was the EVGA 580 Classified hydro copper. The only problem here is that a friend told me that both the card and the water block is crap... Now he is a very reputable source and I do need to check to see if he is right or wrong. Now that u have that in mind few things you should know. This card WILL go under water almost right away. will be gaming on a 24inch monitor with a 19inch on the side. so my question now is what do you think of the 580 classified hydro? and do i go the route of buying a evga hydro card or do i buy a different card and put a water block on it? Excited to hear your answers especially if i get to rub it in my friends face
    
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There's not really a price difference considering 3mb 580s run about $550 and a new block will cost around $150. Performance wise, all blocks are within plus/minus 1-2 degrees and shouldn't be a deal breaker. I'd prob get the hydro for ease of installation (don't need install a new block) and warranty.
 
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There's not really a price difference considering 3mb 580s run about $550 and a new block will cost around $150. Performance wise, all blocks are within plus/minus 1-2 degrees and shouldn't be a deal breaker. I'd prob get the hydro for ease of installation (don't need install a new block) and warranty.
ok then so would u get the normal one or the classified? and why?
    
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It's an amazing card. Your "reputable" friend couldn't be more wrong.
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It's an amazing card. Your "reputable" friend couldn't be more wrong.
good to know i will laugh at him now so u think i should go with the classified card then?
    
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If you want a good card from a great manufacturer with an awesome warranty and a high quality water block, yes.
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ok then so would u get the normal one or the classified? and why?
Depends on what you game on. Do you plan to go 3D vision (3 monitors) in the future? If yes, then get the 3gb one b/c the additional ram is a tremendous boost at higher resolutions. If not, I'd prob still go with the 3gb one and when I'm ready to upgrade, SLI it. Games are just going to get more memory hungry in the future.
 
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The new Hydro Copper 2 is a completely different waterblock compared to the previous one found on the GTX 480. The older one did not have active cooling on the VRM's, but instead had a passive heatsink on it. The new one, on the other hand, is very similar to pretty much all other GTX 580 compatible waterblocks, so you shouldn't fear poor performance with this iteration.

If you're just interested in popping in the card, screwing down a couple of fittings and hosing them up, it doesn't get easier than any of the cards that come stock with the HC2 cooler.

However, if you don't like the look of the HC2, then by all means pick up a regular air cooled version and slap on a different waterblock to your liking. Keep in mind though, you can only do this with the regular 580's though, and not the Classified. The only block that fits the Classified will be the one that comes from EVGA.
     
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evga warranty, i would get the classified because it has a better power phase design and will overclock better.
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If you want a good card from a great manufacturer with an awesome warranty and a high quality water block, yes.
ya i havent bought a card from evga yet but with what u just said i think they are the company to buy from

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Depends on what you game on. Do you plan to go 3D vision (3 monitors) in the future? If yes, then get the 3gb one b/c the additional ram is a tremendous boost at higher resolutions. If not, I'd prob still go with the 3gb one and when I'm ready to upgrade, SLI it. Games are just going to get more memory hungry in the future.
lol basically ur saying get the 3gb one... and the only problem for me going SLI is that i dont know if i will have the power to

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The new Hydro Copper 2 is a completely different waterblock compared to the previous one found on the GTX 480. The older one did not have active cooling on the VRM's, but instead had a passive heatsink on it. The new one, on the other hand, is very similar to pretty much all other GTX 580 compatible waterblocks, so you shouldn't fear poor performance with this iteration.

If you're just interested in popping in the card, screwing down a couple of fittings and hosing them up, it doesn't get easier than any of the cards that come stock with the HC2 cooler.

However, if you don't like the look of the HC2, then by all means pick up a regular air cooled version and slap on a different waterblock to your liking. Keep in mind though, you can only do this with the regular 580's though, and not the Classified. The only block that fits the Classified will be the one that comes from EVGA.
I by all means like the look of the HC2 but the main thing was wether or not it was a good block or not... thanks for your detailed response Rep+

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evga warranty, i would get the classified because it has a better power phase design and will overclock better.
mhm very true
    
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