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I've heard that the signature cards don't pump hot air into your case. Or is that only with the backplate? Does this mean that reference cards take air from outside and pump the hot air into the case? That seems counter intuitive.

Also it's probably worth the extra $30 to get a superclocked card right? Because even if you could theoretically OC "card A" to the superclocked speeds, if "card A" could be overclocked to those speeds EVGA would have sold it as a superclocked card to begin with, right?

Based on these things I guess the best card to buy is the signature series superclocked card. The reference superclocked+ card is attractive for the OC, but I wouldn't want that air in my case.
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post #2 of 17
The EVGA reference, superclocked, and signature cards all have blower style coolers that exhaust out the back of the case. I haven't been following the EVGA forums to know how much better the Signature cards overclock than the reference due to the increased power delivery however given if both cards were in stock I'd pay a little extra to get the Signature.
post #3 of 17
Both signature and reference are external exhaust. You're partially right that if possible EVGA would have sold the standard as a superclocked, but that doesn't mean that it won't overclock to superclocked levels, or even higher. Though the superclocked may not offer a whole lot of extra OC room or other benefits over the standard model I would still go for the signature superclocked (+ if you want a backplate) just because if it were me and I was spending more than $500 on a GPU I wouldn't sweat the last $30 to get a higher out of box, or guaranteed, speed.
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Also, the Signature has 5 phases for PWM and 8+6pin power connectors... Oh and it looks awesome too biggrin.gif
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post #5 of 17
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If I could find one in stock that wasn't $100+ over retail I'd buy one right now thumb.gif
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Well I guess I got my wish, there's some 680's in stock right now on the egg. Who needs $550??
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Well I guess I got my wish, there's some 680's in stock right now on the egg. Who needs $550??

Enjoy! thumb.gif
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Now I play the waiting game! I hope it comes in by Friday biggrin.gif
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You were pretty damn lucky in ordering two of them, there's people who have been waiting since release to catch juts one of them. biggrin.gif

Congrats, and enjoy them once they arrive. thumb.gif
    
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I'm curious to see a side by side comparison on the possibilities of the extra 6+2 pin. I have my stock one under water and have been wondering if I would be able to achieve over the 1285mhz clock, +450mhz memory offset that I currently have on mine f I had one.
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