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Reference if you CF.
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Originally Posted by jtom320 View Post

My asus reference version will hit 1300 mhz and on my daily OC of 1260 doesn't break 80 degrees. I don't really think you need a custom cooler. Plus if you decide to watercool it's way easier to find blocks for reference cards.
Your card overclocks higher than average. Either that or you're very tolerant of fan noise.
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Your card overclocks higher than average. Either that or you're very tolerant of fan noise.

I got one of the 1112 stock voltage models so yes I did get a bit lucky as most are around .5 higher I believe.
    
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thanks!
ill be looking for them after Kepler.
frown.gif i cannot wait for Kepler to drop lol
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I would recommend checking out the MSI Lightning when more details come out. MSI has a history of putting out excellent cards. Also as stated earlier I have read of lots of issues with the Asus DirectCu II cards, so you might want to be weary of those. Gigabyte makes a great cooler as well, but they only have two display ports.(As does all of the other cards using reference boards) If you plan on doing Eyefinity it would be better to have a card with 3 or more dispay ports, so all of the displays will be on the same port type. The reason for this is when you mix and match DP and DVI/HDMI you often get screen tearing on one of the screens. From what I have read is this is not an issue when all of the port types are the same. If you aren't going to do Eyefinity though it is irrelevant.
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MSI Lightening is the last hope for HALO cards. The DCII dies in a fiery flame. Any of the standard reference, and by that true refernece, sapp/xfx be/hsi/etc not powercolor/possibly msi (which deviated) will be a solid choice.
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thanks!
i may go with reference, as all of my other temps will drop from the reduced heat in the case.
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Gigabyte 7970 OC by windforce 3x fan~
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ive decided on a reference designed cooler, which one?
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seems like kepler is crap. "trades blows" with the 7970 doesn't sound promising at all. id say get a 7970 now. those direct cu II cards look great
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