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Originally Posted by CrazyElf View Post

Out of curiosity, if you flash the BIOS into a PE, do you effectively have a Lightning?

Or are there hardware differences between the two? Someone mentioned something about a "voltage controller" being different?

should be the same, think the pe version are just chips that binned lower than lightnings
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Verification! Nice Nice!!

Hello everyone, I've been playing with this set up for the past couple weeks. LOVE IT!!! smile.gif I had to flash the LN2 bios with an unlocked one and have had a way better experience with it. thumb.gif This thread has helped me out very much since I have read 95% of the posts. I have this card Folding while I'm not using it. Fold On!!

Gotta love that Motherboard. Was at micro center today buying new case fans and came across it.
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should be the same, think the pe version are just chips that binned lower than lightnings

MSI denies right now that they have been binning their chips at all, except to meet specs for air overclock.

Hardware wise, looking at the pictures, it's hard to see any differences.
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should be the same, think the pe version are just chips that binned lower than lightnings

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MSI denies right now that they have been binning their chips at all, except to meet specs for air overclock.

Hardware wise, looking at the pictures, it's hard to see any differences.


I have both a new edition Lightning and PE version, have removed coolers and base plates to find all is the same including voltage controller. I flashed PE with Lightning bios(s), all is well.
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Does the little reactor board really make much of a difference on air or water? I'm thinking of removing the one on my card to make room for my sound card.
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Does the little reactor board really make much of a difference on air or water? I'm thinking of removing the one on my card to make room for my sound card.

The reactor board really doesn't make a difference, it had no affect whatsoever for me when overclocking.
    
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Does the little reactor board really make much of a difference on air or water? I'm thinking of removing the one on my card to make room for my sound card.

What FtW 420 said, plus it seems to allow better air flow through the card, lowering vram and vrm temps a bit on air, for me anyway. Did not change my stable OCs in the slightest on LN2 (-25mv = 1202mhz; +0mv = 1249mhz; +75mv = 1333mhz). Probably more marketing hype than anything else. I don't miss it at all, although I kinda like how it looked.
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Getting ready to put my Lightning under water. I bought a used Aquagrapfx block that doesn't have any thermal tape for the VRMs. Can someone point in the right direction on where to buy some?
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Getting ready to put my Lightning under water. I bought a used Aquagrapfx block that doesn't have any thermal tape for the VRMs. Can someone point in the right direction on where to buy some?

Frozencpu or sidewinders have some. Just look for the length/thickness you need.
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Was finally able to get a half decent OC on my lightning. Tried flashing unlocked BIOS to LN2 but wasn't able to coax any stable overclocks out of it so I restored back to BIOS that came with my card. This is under an EK water block with no voltage tweaks since I am trying to go for a stable gaming overclock. I am able to get a slightly bigger OC with Valley, I am not sure why but it seems like heaven runs heavier. Maybe the tessellation?

Voltages you cannot see in pic:
Memory = +30
Aux = 0



Is it just me or does it seem like my core is a little low compared to other results in this thread that have skipped the voltage tweak? Or is +130 MHz at +100 mV good for a core overclock?
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