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Looking for some pros and cons on reference cards say for example the EVGA 670 SC with heat blowing out the back. Is having the heat exhaust out the back of the card that beneficial for case/cpu temps? I've never had experience with these type of cards in my builds. I'm contemplating whether to pick up a reference 670 or wait for non reference coolers. I wouldn't need to overclock the card all that much seeing as I game @ 1080. Are these designs significantly louder/hotter than non ref cards?
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Reference are better for case with bad airflow or really cramped case(mini itx micro)imo because the heat stay in the card and goes out by the back. They are also prefer by a lot of user because they are use for watercooling since waterblock are made for reference card.

Non reference are for people that prefer bigger fan in general where the fan throw the hot air all around the card (you need good airflow in your case)


So if u have a good case with decent airflow most of the time non reference will give you better temp unless you go for water.


Edit : i read too fast and notice i answer something you did not ask. The EVGA 670 SC is made to be like a reference model, it will give good temps for the case but the card will be a bit hotter then non reference.
Edited by pokpok - 5/11/12 at 5:10pm
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always take a good look at the cards.. you will see that the nonreference cards got just one fan and the high end cards get often louder than nonreference.
one more thing is that many people say that reference cards are better for sli because they blow the heat out of the tower...
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always take a good look at the cards.. you will see that the nonreference cards got just one fan and the high end cards get often louder than nonreference.
one more thing is that many people say that reference cards are better for sli because they blow the heat out of the tower...

true forgot about that
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But I have to say that in general, a trusted brands non reference card design is usually better in most cases. Just make sure you have some air flow in your case and you should be good. Some non reference cards also include sum stuff you might want or not want. Make sure to check up on the power needed because most non reference cards use more power. Overall do what smex said, take a very good look at the card and all the specs. Good luck in buying your card! smile.gif
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