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It sounds like watercooling 7950's might not be possible?

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Or at least extremely difficult. This article was recently posted in hardware news and it looks like when the 7950's are released they will not be reference cards, but rather company designed PCB's. I was planning on buying a 7950 as soon as it was released, but it could be troublesome getting a waterblock. I know I can't be the only one who is going to have a problem with this. I thought they always released reference cards first?

I guess my question is do I still buy a 7950 once they are released or are there going to be other watercooling solution since the cards will not be reference?
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Gibbo notes that the UK street price will be approximately £350, roughly £100 less than the 7970 and competetive with the 1.5GB GTX 580. All boards are also non-reference, which will make finding water blocks somewhat tricky. Versions from a range of AIBs will be available from the 31st baring unforeseen circumstances. The 7950 should be a hell of a card for enthusiasts willing to overclock or end-users taking advantage of AIBs with strong factory overclocks.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1204830/vortez-ocuk-post-7950-benchmarks-results-of-flashing-7970-bios/0_30
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Whats so extremely hard about it? Just use a universal GPU block.
    
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This also means that you can't unlock them. Dang...
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Quite sure it will still be possible for the popular models. Also, they could still release a ref design later... Only time will tell you!
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Quite sure it will still be possible for the popular models. Also, they could still release a ref design later... Only time will tell you!

This. I would guess Asus and MSI would be first to get Full Blocks as with the past cards most consumers get their particular card. If this was an Nvidia card I would throw EVGA in that first list, so XFX to me is AMD equivalent to EVGA.
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People like EK will just design full cover blocks for the popular cards anyway, like they did with the 580 DCII. No big deal.
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Really, no big deal. We'll have a FC block for it.
    
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