Originally Posted by RobsM6S
I dont doubt its the best OC capable GTX 680 but im willing to bet its not as cool as my Asus Direct 2 GTX 680. This thing is crazy, I have the fan locked at a silent 40% fan speed and my load temps after hours of heavy gaming are in the high 40's.
Thats at 1264mhz core and 500+ on the mem.
Things to consider when determining how effective a cooler is: Shroud density, fan speed, and size. The DC2 is 3 slot so it wins on size however the fan RPM is much, much slower. At maximum settings the TF4 cools better, and yes I have used DC2 products. While the DC2 is a great cooler, the key point here is that the fans run signifigantly slower at their maximum setting - the TF4 is designed to scale with temperatures and if you set it at 100% fan speed the fans (3 of them) run at 4300rpm. That is nearly twice what the DC2 runs at, and the DC2 is double fan.
So to summarize:
DC2 - 3 slot, 2 fans, low fan RPM.
TF4 - 2 slot, 3 fans, extremely high fan RPM.
Cooling performance doesn't have subjectivity, you can easily determine the effectiveness by the specs and design. I have little doubt looking at specs alone that the TF4 is capable of better tempreatures IF you set it at high manual fan settings. The TF4 absolutely will cool better at 100% than the DC2 cools at 100%, from an engineering standpoint.
Aside from that, there are people who want to RMA over principle and while that is their right- I could see doing that when your sponsorship for HWBot scores depends on it, or if your paycheck depends on it. Different strokes for different folks perhaps, their right though. I would love to purchase some of these 1380+ mhz lightnings though, hit me up if you're pissed off about no voltage yet hit 1380+ mhz. I know people who will be glad to rid you of your first world problem
. This is just my opinion of course, I am in no way absolving MSI of advertising these features without implementing them. They are definitely 100% in the wrong on this. I guess I just don't care though because I just play games for the most part, and the MSI lightning already does 1.27V on bios 2 which is perhaps overlooked by everyone here.Edited by xoleras - 7/12/12 at 4:21pm