Originally Posted by BababooeyHTJ
Exactly, I normally prefer reference cards.
I'll be honest I wish that I had gone with reference cards instead of my Lightnings. MSI doesn't bin the gpus so its still just as much of a craps shoot. I could have saved a few bucks with some reference cards.
I couldn't run the LN2 bios on my top card until I installed the waterblocks.
Thats probably because you don't have much experience with sli. I've been very happy with sli in the time that I've used it.
I'm not sure either of your claims are really valid.
I've used SLi several times, and each time I've been annoyed by it. It's usually fun at first, when a single card is still more than powerful enough for games with improper/no SLi support, but as the cards age, they do so much less gracefully than a single card. There's also the fact that you usually end up paying more as much for significantly less than twice the performance, once you calculate in the cost of a larger power supply, better cooling, etc. Finally, there is the microstutter. Anyone who says it doesn't exist is totally blind. It's significantly worse in some games than others, but the fact that you end up paying more for something that might give you a migraine is not an easy one for some sensitive users to swallow.
As for Lightnings being "just as bad" as reference cards for overclocking, that's pretty much nonsense. Overclocking is always
a gamble. Lightning cards provide slightly better chances to win, and significantly better results if you do win. To put it in RPG terms, A lightning gives you +5 to crit chance, and +50 to crit damage. I don't think anyone would say that does not add any
value. The only question is if you are willing to pay for that extra benefit (or perhaps if you would rather that money go to +30 power instead