Originally Posted by MME1122
Hey everyone, I had a couple questions about this card. First off, is the back plate removable? I can deal with screws and such but I don't think I want to be drilling out rivets or anything like that. I'm thinking about removing it and painting it.
yes, it's removable.
Next, is it really quieter than the MSI power edition with the TF4? In the Guru3D's reviews they only differ by a decibel or two at full load. Temps are very close too.
yes, it's very likely the quietest gpu with a fan. it's even quiet at 100% fan speed. stock fan profile is a joke. use a custom curve like the one in SeanPoe's guide. mine never got above 58c in Heaven 3.0 max settings and was inaudible.
Finally, is the TOP version still having stability issues out of the box?
don't know what to say honestly. mine worked great for a month, then one day, long after all the stress testing and stuff, it dies horribly after
I flash to their "fixed" bios that reduces the boost speeds on this premium priced, "binned" gpu. I flashed it because it would boost to 1300mhz and crash/lockup in BF3 sometimes. it's a gamble really. it's foolish to say all issues are fixed because there are still people popping up with failing cards and it's equally foolish to say that the card is definitely faulty.
I was also thinking about the gigabyte windforce, so if you guys know what kind of back plates are available for that or the MSI I'm interested. Thanks
the gigabyte is on a reference gtx680 pcb and is compatible with gtx680 backplates, so you'll have some options there. if you're worried about problems, it's one of the most popular 670 models and the one I've seen/heard thus far the least amount of issues with.