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Just wondering if there are any trends on which cards are performing better on higher clocks, or is it all the same? Also is the power design improved on any of the non-reference cards for stability on overvolts? I am looking at the following three:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102982
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150585
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127645

Thanks!
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If you want to go water grab a sapphire reference and you will be king thumb.gif
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Get the Sapphire o.c. You don't even need water, with that heatsink you should be able to get 1200+ core, I just ordered one from Amazon today and am now frantically waiting for its arrival. Bye bye 280SLI, if only I could post in the for sale section, but need a few more rep+ rolleyes.gif .
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I got 1310 on air with a reference Asus model.

Sapphire and Asus are probabally the highest quality brands that sell AMD based chips although MSI people would argue with that. I'm just going off past experience.
    
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I got 1310 on air with a reference Asus model.
Sapphire and Asus are probabally the highest quality brands that sell AMD based chips although MSI people would argue with that. I'm just going off past experience.

+1 my reference sapphire is a beast. Dont know about asus but i think its the same. If you want to go water just take a reference sapphire or asus.
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Can't find a reference sapphire for under ~$540 ... weird haha. I want to do the WC because my room gets pretty hot during the summer, so I'm sure I will get limited by heat. My loop has plenty of RAD for a full gpu block too so its all good. I'm thinking of just going with the Sapphire OC at this point unless someone can point me to something better smile.gif
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I hear you zero... I love my Sapphire 5850 that I have now... and I'm buying a 7970... and the Reference Sapphire doesn't exist, ANYWHERE. Newegg doesn't even list it as not in stock, it has no listing anymore. I'm going ASUS and hoping for the best.

I was trying to find out if the Reference or ASUS DCII clocks better, because EK has a water block for both models.
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