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Whats smarter/better if you bench alot..buy factory oc'd 7970/680 or basic clocks version?

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well title pretty much askes the question :)

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Interesting thing that I used to own a Gigabyte 670 factory OCed with a 680PCB

 

and now I own a Zotac 670 4GB which is not OCed but also on a 680 PCB

 

My Zotac OCes better :)

 

Go figure

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Hmmmm, stock clock cards usually come with a referance cooler which is not advisable.. Factory overclocked cards always have good cooling, so u should go for them since you are into benchmarking.
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ok  tnks 2 you both ....and overclockabilty is not better on referance or factory overclocked cards?

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My experience has been that it is hit or miss as far as overclockability goes. Some cards (whether OC'd or not) just do better than others. It's a gamble.
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Overclocking potential of a card is variable. Sometimes referance cards are able to overclock extensively and custom desgined cards with superior cooling crashes on minimal overclock..
You realy cannot predict this but with factory overclocked cards, you can be sure that if you get a good overclocking chip, your temperatures wont hold you back atleast...
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On my reference 7970 i can do 1300/1800. On my lightning i can do only 1250 on air. So its just luck. General i prefer good cooling but i get reference if i want to go water
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The stock OC cards usually have better coolers and thats the only reason I see them being worth a little more. Most reference coolers barely get the job done without OC. However from what I've read about the 7970 ghz editions, they are usually binned and can go about 50-75mhz higher on average, but still up to luck.
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