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I'm shopping for a GTX 580 and I need to make sure its a reference card so that it works with my water block. I'm fairly certain that these are all reference cards but if people could chime in and help that would be great. New ones seem hard to find. Anyone else know of 3gb reference cards that I haven't listed that are still can be found?

Zotac
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500199

EVGA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130655
Edited by willistech - 10/20/11 at 10:08am
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all three look to be reference cards, but you may want to check the thread here for some more info on the evga heatspreader debacle

http://www.overclock.net/water-cooling/1119053-evga-gtx-580-water-block-help.html
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I removed one from the list because it wasnt a 3gb card lol my bad. so it looks like nvidia changed the design? what the hell. now id have to buy a new water block too? guess i'll be looking for other options as well.
Edited by willistech - 10/20/11 at 10:17am
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go with evga
 
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Quote:
Originally Posted by willistech;15382289 
I removed one from the list because it wasnt a 3gb card lol my bad. so it looks like nvidia changed the design? what the hell. now id have to buy a new water block too? guess i'll be looking for other options as well.

well its kind of luck of the draw at the moment. nobody is sure if nvidia changed it, or if this is evga's way of making a cheaper card. Only a few isolated instances, and a copper shim can solve the problem.
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Originally Posted by vitality;15382468 
go with evga

I always have because they will warranty the card even if the stock air cooler has been removed.
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Yes those are both reference.
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well its kind of luck of the draw at the moment. nobody is sure if nvidia changed it, or if this is evga's way of making a cheaper card. Only a few isolated instances, and a copper shim can solve the problem.

if i use a shim do you put TIM on both sides of the shim?
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I would go to Cl and find one there ... you are spending way to much for something you can get buy SLI or CF and make it even better .... Or just gert a 570 gtx ... i have one and it drives my 30 inch 1600p .... perfect in almost every game .... i grabed a second one and i have no complaints at all!~
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Yes, TIM on all mating surfaces
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