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So do i buy a pair of Classified HydroCoppers or do i buy myself a single 590 and stick a water block on it ?

I was going to get a pair of MSI Lightning Extremes and a pair of custom blocks from Germany but that fell though and as these just came back in stock in the UK its time to decide...

I need OCN's help though....PS money really isnt a factor in this build at the end of the date i imported an M8 + Pedestal to the UK that cost me an arm and a leg alone !
     
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Get the classy's.
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Msi >>> evga
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Absolutely, avoid that Swiftech. Those blocks are meh on cooling and helluva restrective. In fact, avoid the 590.

"As a first step, I increased the voltage from 0.938 V default to 1.000 V, maximum stable clock was 815 MHz - faster than GTX 580! Moving on, I tried 1.2 V to see how much could be gained here, at default clocks and with NVIDIA's power limiter enabled. I went to heat up the card and then *boom*, a sound like popcorn cracking, the system turned off and a burnt electronics smell started to fill up the room. Card dead! Even with NVIDIA power limiter enabled. Now the pretty looking, backlit GeForce logo was blinking helplessly and the fan did not spin, both indicate an error with the card's 12V supply.
After talking to several other reviewers, this does not seem to be an isolated case, and many of them have killed their cards with similar testing, which is far from being an extreme test."

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/A...TX_590/26.html

A bunch of people's 590's died on stock in a few weeks. VRM is a serious issue with those cards; so I'd keep that in mind.

I'd get those pair of Lightning XE's and won't look back. They're not only the best 580's, but where did you find that custom block...? Can I have a link?
Edited by Johnny Doe - 11/1/11 at 10:51am
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If you manage to get a hold of them the congrats to you mate ive sent multiple emails to the address you can find in the forum thats linked with the block with no response so ive given up

http://translate.google.com/translat...hp%2Findex.php

TBF the lifetime warranty on the things is a good deal plus the air cooled version gets good write ups all over the place
     
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Meh, I wouldn't call that "bulk". They made a few and are selling it specifically. I had little hope for an AC Ryan situation (with guy making blocks and distributing). I doubt they'd care since they already seem to got their orders. Will have to see and see I guess, they might start mass production. I'm doubting though.

As for the 580 Classy...

"So then overclocked power consumption went up towards 439W, the heat levels remain to be roughly 70C in a game stress test. The noise level however jumped up a tiny bit to roughly 44/45 DBa."

Hot, ugly, loud, needs two 8-pin's + a 6-pin to work. Don't bother, any 580 is better. As for lifetime warranty, they're shoving that off. The card would be no use by that time comes. Like I said, get the Lightning XE's. Not a better thing out there.
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There wont be any noise off them mate im picking up the Hydros so only noise will be off my Rads and the shouldn't me much any way, power not to bothered with im going to be running a 1200W corsair for good measure.

The lightnings i would have bought if i was able to get my hands on the blocks as what ever i get is going under water !
     
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post #8 of 10
There's no difference to be seen under good cooling. The reference 580 PCB is solid, see these:

http://www.overclock.net/14176581-post147.html

http://www.overclock.net/14176838-post152.html

If you want to WC, go with a pair of eVGA reference 3 GB 580's and put a block of your liking. It'll be better since the block on the Classy is meh, and the Classy is really a POS. Any 580 is better than that card.
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Reading multiple review regarding the Classified leads me to believe its not a POS, the potential for overclocking is there especially when they get round to releasing there eleet software.

Also can you link me to any tests on the Hydrocopper Evga cards classified or other wise so i can see what there saying about it ?
     
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I've spent more time on this card than most others on the net. I had tens of posts over eVGA going over this card, and I can safely tell it's junk. Not only they still haven't gotten it ready, but their desing blows for regular usage. Too power sucking with triple PCI-E regulation, and doesn't work. It doesn't OC better than any other 580. In fact, it makes things worse with it's high profile.

"actually if you look at the 580 classified overclock thread, the entire GPU doesnt overclock properly... 1.29v to hit 1000mhz is crazy.. yes they are making the board able to handle ridiculous amounts of volts... but to have to take 1.29v to hit it makes one think these GPU's arent binned at all...

Well so far only 1 has been overclocked on air... so i guess we will see what other people get... "

There haven't been any reviews done on the HC AFAIK, since those are limited. People are having hard time to get them right now. Honestly, get reference then put a better block. I'm telling you it'll be better. All you need to know is posted in this thread. You won't be able to add any other PCI-E card with those 2 and an AX1200 due to connector requirement.
Edited by Johnny Doe - 11/1/11 at 12:01pm
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