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Two 7970 Lightnings for me please! biggrin.gif
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When it comes to AMD, its reference or go home for me. I hate the DCII and TF crap cards.

Neither of those models are "crap cards." They are superior to the reference build and hence command a price premium because of their increased clocks, improved circuitry (when using non-reference boards), and enhanced cooling systems.

Twin Frozr models use reference PCBs with vastly superior cooling solutions (Compared to the reference turbine). Under few, if any, circumstances would I recommend a reference hair dryer to someone unless they intended to replace the heatsink.

Personally, I am not interested in a cheaper PCB - They often skimp on power circuitry, sometimes inhibiting the ability to manually control voltages. (EG many PowerColor non-reference cards)
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I want one with a nice pcb not a low quality one ..so i must get the good one tongue.gif
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Neither of those models are "crap cards." They are superior to the reference build and hence command a price premium because of their increased clocks, improved circuitry (when using non-reference boards), and enhanced cooling systems.
Twin Frozr models use reference PCBs with vastly superior cooling solutions (Compared to the reference turbine). Under few, if any, circumstances would I recommend a reference hair dryer to someone unless they intended to replace the heatsink.
Personally, I am not interested in a cheaper PCB - They often skimp on power circuitry, sometimes inhibiting the ability to manually control voltages. (EG many PowerColor non-reference cards)

This. Non-reference cards can be much, much better than reference cards. I've had very good experiences with msi non-reference cards, and won't even touch a reference card now. Asus and gigabyte however need to work on their non-reference coolers, they are either too big, too loud, or too inefficient.
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Do ASUS and MSI retain digital VRM for Radeon card?
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When it comes to AMD, its reference or go home for me. I hate the DCII and TF crap cards.

You have no clue what you're missing out on. If you'd really get a reference card over a TFIII model if they both cost the same, I don't know what you're thinking. Just take a look at any review of them. Not only do they run cooler and quieter than ref model.. they're built better. MSI TFIII cards will hit higher clocks under ANY cooling (stock, water, LN2) than a reference-model card due to the better VRMs. Heck, my card has 7+1 VRMs, reference model is like 4+1.
 
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post #27 of 35
After this horrid (Gainward) Non Reference GTX460, I think I'd keep clear of Non-Reference cards..

Would likely be cheaper in Oz to buy reference and a great Air HSF, then by a TF2 card.
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I thought non-reference cards, especially the MSI ones, actually had lower quality components on the PCB? That's why companies are so keen to sell non-reference cards (cheaper to make)?

edit: http://www.overclock.net/t/1158247/which-amd-hd-6950-2gb-is-worth-the-money/20#post_15560441 as an example
Edited by Tslm - 12/23/11 at 8:30pm
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post #29 of 35
IMHO

AMD reference is better than non-ref. Some makes are worse than others, the stock coolers work and the board quality is usually great on reference.

NVIDIA non-reference over reference, mostly due to cooling.
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post #30 of 35
I dunno, the 6970 Lightnings are beasts and they are non-reference aren't they? Or are they?
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