Great post OP, +rep.
Originally Posted by lightsout
Water doesn't seem to really do anything if you can keep it under 70c.
Yup, this is what I am gathering too. This would typically be the place where I would say that watercooling would be worth it just to get rid of the reference fan noise, but these 680s are so dang quiet I wouldn't even bother. I am for the first time, in a long time, satisfied with keeping a stock aircooler on my GPU.
I half wish I would have waited and tried out some non-ref cards, just due to the fact that I am not tied to buying reference PCB so that blocks fit.Edited by svthomas - 4/13/12 at 11:26am