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Just bought MSI Twin Frozr HD 7870?

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I've never used non-reference cards before. I am currently using a reference XFX HD 6870 card, but the fan's going nuts and I need a replacement anyway. Is the MSI TF good? What additional advantages can I expect from it other than better performance than HD 6870?
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lesss nose and more fun gaming
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Better cooling and more power draw under load.
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I've never used non-reference cards before. I am currently using a reference XFX HD 6870 card, but the fan's going nuts and I need a replacement anyway. Is the MSI TF good? What additional advantages can I expect from it other than better performance than HD 6870?

Less noise is sort of on the fence, since the Twin Frozr can be damn loud when it's ~80% (for my ears at least). As for other advantages, it's really just overclockability. It has (I think) more reliable VRMs, and this lets you push it a little bit more. However, I'm reasonably sure that the 7870 TF II/III is still a reference card. Most of MSIs non-reference PCBs are named Hawk, Lightning etc.
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Less noise is sort of on the fence, since the Twin Frozr can be damn loud when it's ~80% (for my ears at least). As for other advantages, it's really just overclockability. It has (I think) more reliable VRMs, and this lets you push it a little bit more. However, I'm reasonably sure that the 7870 TF II/III is still a reference card. Most of MSIs non-reference PCBs are named Hawk, Lightning etc.

Yup the TF3 fans are getting audible at 70% mad.gif but its overclockability is great thumb.gif I can do 1300/1450 with 1.30volt just for benching and stable daily at 1260/1450 with 1.30volt wink.gif
Just in case you didnt notice, GTX570 TF3 has different component than GTX570 TF2, GTX570 TF3 has 6+1 PWM while GTX570 TF2 and reference GTX570 has 4+1 PWM. So I think MSI Hd7870 TF3 OC has different component/layout from reference HD7870.
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