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I currently have both these cards running in SLI, I know the Hawk can overclock more but I do want cards that are reference so that I can get blocks and put them under water. So my question in a nutshell is, should I sell the Hawk and get another Asus? Will I see a significant performance difference?

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Probably a little but imo not enough to be worth it.
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Honestly you're not going to see a significant performance difference. They're going to be able to OC quite similarly and you only ever get a few FPS out of an overclock any way. Water cooling is great and keeps the hardware nice and cool, but it can get expensive.

Honestly, I just went water cooling for the first time, instead of buying the blocks and a new 460 I think you'd be better off taking that money and just buying a new non-reference cooled card. If I had it to do over again I'd probably just do that instead of dealing with the hassle and expense.
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What do you guys think of just keeping the cards I have now and getting two universal GPU blocks?
    
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The 460 hawks are great cards, I think you should keep them. I personally don't see much of a point in going for watercooling unless it's a 570, 580, or 590 where you will really like to push it to it's limits with water.

Unless heat's an issue for you the 460s overclock quite well already and still remain relatively cool under air.
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All i'm trying to say is that the performance increase you'll get after water cooling is not going to be incredibly insane. I'm actually at the same OC with water cooling as I was when I had my 470 with the stock cooler still on. Granted now I could probably push a bit more voltage through and OC a little higher, but the gain is going to be negligible for the money spent.

The only time I would say water cooling would be viable is if you had a motherboard with terrible spacing, a case with bad airflow and you wanted a show piece on your desk. The cards that come with non reference coolers(like the Hawk) already run quite cool and they remain quiet. The guys who really see a difference with water are the ones running 3 580's, because without the water cooling they'd never see temps below 90C. But if you have two non reference 460's running in a case with good airflow your temps are going to remain pretty low and you'll be able to get a respectable overclock while keeping the $200 bucks water blocks would cost in the bank for the next big upgrade.

Really I love my water cooling set up. But like I said, if I had it to do over again I would have chosen the same set up without water cooling, and gotten myself some nice non reference 6950's in crossfire with the money I would have saved.

EDIT: If you really have your heart set on water cooling the cards then I'd suggest going for full blocks instead of the universal ones. Just because it looks nicer and cools the whole card instead of neglecting VRAM which can get quite hot itself.
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For me it's really a matter of noise, the fans on both cards really start to get loud frown.gif.
    
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What do you guys think of just keeping the cards I have now and getting two universal GPU blocks?

That's what I would do if I was set on water.
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Now to decide which block to get, any suggestions?
    
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Swiftech MCW60/MCW80/MCW82 should do fine. You may wanna purchase some extra heatsinks for VRM.
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